We will be staying in KK for 5 day next week (the first week of February.) We are adventurous but this trip we want to be able to relax a little, so rather than jumping all over Sabah we have decided to stay in the KK area the whole time. (Wish we had more time, but it just isn't an option!)
We're looking for recommendations for things to do in the area that fit well together. We have looked at the forums, but we're wondering what things would fit together nicely in a day. (At first we were planning on going out to Turtle Island and Lahad Datu - but we don't want to fly again or be on a 7 hour bus.) We dont' mind a bit of a local journey or boat ride though.
So far we are thinking of maybe 4 wheeling in Crocker Range Park and doing some snorkeling nearby - any exact recommendations on beaches? Does anyone have a recommendation for a place to get you started on that type of trek? We do not want to do the camp out option - has anyone done it and come back in the same day without feeling rushed?
We don't have time to hike Mount Kinabalu but I was wondering if they have any type of ride to the top? (Yes, I know that's cheating.) Does anyone know of waterfalls, caves and rainforests that we could see? We really would like to fit in all of those - any suggestions on how to do it best in our time frame?
We want to stay safe and use a guide if we need to - but we sure would appreciate any recommendations/input on tours that were good and reasonable. I read the reviews on Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and I'm a little confused - it sounds like some parts are good, but others like Sapi are just a trashy mess. Is it a combo of beach and jungle trek - what's the best way to do this area?
We sure would appreciate some tips and pointers from people that had positive experiences, thanks so much!!