16/2/11, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Kota Kinabalu CRUISERS' INFORMATION
Listed below are details for services that most boaters may require when arriving in KK. The information has been divided into Boat Services, Other Services, Provisioning and Tours and Activities.
There are a few main areas for purchases of most boaters' needs in the greater Kota Kinabalu area. The Sutera Harbour shuttle bus will get you from Sutera Harbour to central KK, with the option of 3 stops (Centrepoint, Merdeka and KK Plaza). Otherwise you will need to catch a bus, use a taxi or hire a car to get to other areas.
- Inanam Baru and Inanam Area - Automotive supplies and repairs (many items suitable for marine use), hardware store, paints and metal suppliers, hydraulics, oils, etc. Catch Inanam bus from Wawasan Bus Terminal (about RM1.20 each way), or taxi (approx. Rm20 each way).
- Damai Plaza - Speciality Foods (cheese, beef salami, bulk bread flour and lots more), also one store with the best range electronics, switches, battery chargers, etc. Catch Beverly Hills bus from Wawasan Bus Terminal approx Rm2 or taxi approx. Rm12 one way.
- Kota Kinabalu city centre - Hardware, electrical, groceries, fresh food market, clothing, DVDs, movies, money changing, tourist information, restaurants and many other things.
- Karamunsing Complex - Electric appliances including air conditioners, computers, accessories and repairs. 15 minute walk west through Asia City from KK City, or Rm 12 taxi ride from CentrePoint, one way.
- Kolombong - Fibreglass supplier - taxi approx Rm15 - it is in the back streets, far from the bus stop and very hard to find.
- Tanjung Aru - Dressmakers, tailor, cheap beer, supermarkets, not too long a walk from Sutera Harbour, easy to get a taxi back again with supplies.
BOAT SERVICES IN KOTA KINABALU
Syarikat Vui Hin Auto Parts Sdn Bhd. Mile 6, Tuaran Rd, Inanam Baru (Lot 23, Inanam Shop House). Ph. 88 420530.
Auto Industries Batteries, No 9, Inanam Baru Tel: 088-421712
Fujiya Batteries (manufactured in Kuching). 'Battery Lady' Michelle speaks English, very helpful. Price includes delivery to the boat and connection if required.
Boat washing and polishing/diver/underwater cleaning
Asmir - 0109495030 RM70/day negotiable
CANVAS & SAIL REPAIRS, AWNINGS, CUSHIONS, UPHOLSTERY
Mun Seng Cushion Centre G/F Lot 4, Block J Sinsuran Complex Tel: 088 230607.
Located in Jalan Dua Puluh, get off at CentrePoint. Across the road, northern side of CentrePoint. Cheap awnings, well made from durable vinyl material, will pick up and deliver from Sutera Harbor, but better to make template. Also does sail and awning repairs,
Tsin Sen Mui. (Ask for Ken.) Lot 29, L. Industrial Building. Bandar Penampang Baru, Mile 5 Jalan Penampang. KK 088-710525. Specialise in awnings and tents. Will not come to the boat (need to take a template). Good range of vinyls, upholstery fabrics/leathers at good prices.
Dr. Sofa (George). Will come to the boat to measure up. Can make more complicated shapes, biminis etc. Also upholstery. Will quote for whole job or sewing only if you supply fabric. Does not like working with vinyls. Sunbrella supplier (expensive). Lot 923, Tamon Sinar, Mile 2.5 Jalan Tuaran, KK 88400. Ph 0128285808
YU KIEN Sdn Bhd, G/F, Lot 6, Block E, Segama Shopping Complex KK Tel: 088-211667, 211397. Has general marine supplies. Other stores nearby have marine supplies as well.
Zaxco Enterprise, Block G, Lot 3, G/F Sinsuran Complex Tel: 088-223018, 088-216461
KTI Technical, Shop Lot 18, 1/F Taman Luyang Phase 8, Specialist Centre
Tel: 088-239780, 239781
Open front shop in Gaya Street, approximately 4 doors north from Tung Hin Supermarket in KK city. Can do full sized or reduced chart copies
ELECTRICAL BITS & PIECES
East Con Trading, Wawasan, KK. General electrical components, electrical wire, power points, extension leads as well as electrical appliances, travel adaptor plugs, small inverters.
Capital Lighting & Electrical, Lot 4 & 5, Inanam Baru
Retail store with large range of electrical supplies, battery chargers, lighting and appliances.
Yu Kien SDN BHD, Ground floor, Lot No. 6, Block E, Segama Shopping Complex. Ph. 88211667. Located an easy walk from Merdeka bus stop.
Automotive Electrical Technology, No 3, Block H, Hakka Buildg, Mile 5½ Tuaran Road, Inanam Tel: 088-423248, 088-384248
SL LETRIK, Lot 16, G/F Jln Sentosa Kg Air Tel: 088-236641, 236734, 236716
DoubleGain Industrial Supplies Lot 1, Warehouse 32 Jalan Maakaat, Pusat Industrial Kolombong Estate (AK Land) Lorong Pusat Industri, Inanam Phone 088-430822, 420520
Range of bulk fibreglassing supplies, mat, pigments, resin, etc. Reasonable price. Difficult to find without taxi.
FIBREGLASS BOAT BUILDER & REPAIRS
James Wong 016-8312789 May also have supplies of Lexan/acrylic.
KN Parts. Lot 12 & 13 Inanam Baru, 019- 8516265
KS Filters, Lot 36 Inanam Baru, 088-425406, 383787
FREIGHT& FORWARDING AGENT
RT Cargo. Lot 3 Sembulan Baru Tel 088 225 161
NCT Forwarding, Tel 088 45 555
FRIDGE & AIRCONDITIONING REPAIRS
Mr Lim Handphone: 016-8375113
Tel: 019-8128355, 0198201768,
Fuel Barge, located in the bay in central KK; call the day before to book a time. Note that it is moored in quite shallow water, so check the tides.
UNIMEKAR METALS, Lot 11,12,13 EOIZ, Phase 1, KKIP, Jalan Sepanggar Tel: 088- 498970, 498906, Handphone 013-8508878, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Wong 012-8010000 - can organise pick up from Sutera Harbour Marina
Lot 3, 70c, 3rd Floor, Karamunsing 016-5882296 or 0168315630
Hang On Hardware, Lot 41 Inanam Baru Tel: 088-429312, 429313, 428620
General Hardware, paint, sandpaper, tapes, tools, battery chargers, epoxy, etc.
Fook Fah Hardware, near Wisma Merdeka in town at Segama Complex (east of main road).
General Hardware, Stainless Steel Hose Clamps, S/S Bolts Paints etc.
Ici Deluxe Builders Emporium, behind Supertanker Restaurant, Lot 6 Tel: 088-729626
Atlas Ice, Tel: 088-434799, Handphone: 019-8633740
Zuramah Enterprise, Luyang, telephone 088-244773, Handphone 012-8285441
Shell in the city 088-256116
Lorong Burung Keleto, Off km9 Jalan Tuaran, Inanam
Speak to Jackson, 0168280006
MOTOR SERVICING - OUTBOARD
Multi Motors, Inanam Tel 088-423633
Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha
Yamaha Servicing and Genuine Spare Parts Segama Complex near Wisma Merdeka, behind Fook Fah Hardware store Tel: 088 263070
AJ Outboard Marine, Lrg 9, LRG Industri Warisan 1, Lot 4, Block E, Segama Shopping Tel: 088-386 058, 012-8208432 (Alex), 013-8808432
Mercury Engine, In front of Sabah Medical Centre, Damai, Tel: 088-72318
MOTOR SERVICING - DIESEL
Freycraft Marine Industries, Volvo Penta Servicing 088-425579, 012-8205855 (Mr Geoffrey)
HP Marine Jalan Minyak Mile 5 ½ Jalan Tuaran, Inanam Tel: 088-431336,431337
STC Marine Services Lot 22, Kian Yap Industrial Estate, Kolombong, Inanam Tel: 088-81864, 012-8028189 (Joseph Voon)
Sin Kong Enterprise, Jalan Tuaran, Bypass Mile 10, Kampung Dambain Menggatal, Tel: 088-499888, 499000, Michael Wong 019-8109579, Yap Sin Kong 012-8010000
JOTUN PAINT. Shop at Inanam Baru, near Hang On Hardware Look for Jotun sign at Inanam Baru or Aaron Chin Motorship Company, Labuan (Phone 087-414035 - approx Rm70 per litre - price includes delivery to Sutera Harbour. Also Liferaft servicing and other chandlery.
INTERNATIONAL PAINT. Summit Kinabalu, Sdn.Bhd, 1121, Lot 8, G/F Fu Yen ShopHouses, Mile 1.5 Jalan Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu Phone 088-216946,088-210497
SPRAY PAINT, POLYURETHINE FILLER/PRIMER, MASKING TAPE, SIKAFLEX
Dayspring Marketing, 22-0 G/F Block G, Lorong, Inanam Point 2, Inanam Commercial Centre, Mile 6, Jalan Tuaran KK Tel: 088-422133, 019-8803192
SEALS & SEAL SUPPLIES
Several stores at Inanam, behind Hang On Hardware supply seals.
Kudat - PENUWASA, KUDAT INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, Tel: 088-612328, 614327, 671326, 614325 Handphone: 019-8428086 (Mr Wong Ting Chon)
EXCEL CORPORATION, Kuala Penyu, Tel: 087-229091, Handphone 019-8506854, email email@example.com Contact Lim or Lindy.
KAYA SHIPYARD Tel" 088-430000, 431000, 432000 Handphone: 019-8216144
STAINLESS SCREWS, BOLTS, FITTINGS, FLANGES
CBN (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, DBKK No 3, Lot 15 Pusat Perindustrian Ngee Lim,
Lorong Burung Kaleco, Mile 5 ½, Jalan Tuaran Tel: 088-435 999
Fook Fah Hardware, near Wisma Merdeka in town at Segama Complex. General Hardware, S/S Hose Clamps, S/S Bolts, paints etc.
SM Super Trading Yisu Industrial, Lot 3, MPKK, 6, 6 ½ Mile, Jalan Tuaran, KK
Tel: 016-8103989, 088423989, 425895, 425907, 088711292
Suncover Company, Luyang Tel: 088 386858
DHL, Lot 15 G/F, Wong Kwok Commercial Centre, Jalan Bundusan, Penampang 88300 Tel 088 724-770
ABX Express, No 48 G/F Jalan Gaya, KK Tel: 088-224000
City-Link, Shop Lot 5, G/F Lorong Bernam 3, Taman Soon Kiong Tel: 088 23662
Budget PC, Lot 3, 32, 3/F Komplex Karamunsing, Edmund Senior Technician Tel: 016 8410243 Shop Tel: 088-254633 Also sell a good range of hard drives, DVD drives, WIFI antennas, etc
DataSoft, Lot 2, 62 2nd Floor, Karamunsing Complex Tel: 088-255735
Dr Vivien Lo Dental Surgery, Shoplot 2, 1st Fl Block A, Damai Plaza Phase 4 Tel: 088-270037
Dr Majid Ali Chiragdin, Sabah Dental Surgery, 5 Wisma Yakim, Kbu Tel: 088-215535
Dr Dick Wong, Lot 34, Damai Plaza Tel: 088-266580
Choa Dental Clinic, 1/F Lot 3, Block G, Segama Shopping Complex, KK Tel: 088-232196
Dr Alex Lo, 5th floor, Centrepoint. Ph. 88 265215
Securilocks, B57, 2nd Floor, CentrePoint.
KK Optics, Wisma Merdeka. Enter Merdeka Shopping Mall where Sutera bus drops you, first shop on your right as you enter.
Sabah Medical Centre has very good opt. dept. upstairs on the 9th floor with 3 lady consultant optometrists. There is also someone private, on the same floor, who supplies frames and lenses (haven't used them but they seem ok - but check town prices of frames etc. before you go so you can make informed decision.)
SCUBA EQUIPMENT SERVICES
Sabah Divers, G/F Wisma Sabah, KK H/Ph: 012-8383603, 012-8339901
Stainless Steel Welding & Polishing
Kamajuan Jaya Teknik Tel: 016 8378099 Blk B, No 3 Mile 5 ½, Jalan Tauran, Inanam
In general, no one food supplier keeps everything you need/want. Shopping involves visiting several different stores/centres
KK City (On Sutera shuttle bus route)
Wawasan Building - G/F - Giant Supermarket. Decent "all round" supermarket with some fresh stuff. BBQ chickens and coleslaw after 11am.
CentrePoint Building - Basement Supermarket (Pacific Nguikee). Decent "all round" supermarket - very limited fresh stuff.
KK Plaza - Servay Supermarket. Decent "all round" supermarket opposite the fresh market but also has some fresh stuff which is not available at the market eg red & yellow capsicums, different chinese greens. Green Thai curry paste available.
Gaya Street North - Tong Hing - "Western" products - more upmarket (and expensive). Cheese, cured hams, frozen fish and imported beef
Gaya Street North - Mrs Yong's Fruit shop - almost next door, and north of Tong Hing. Good quality fruit and vegetables. Home made yoghurt.
Damai Plaza (approx 12Rm taxi ride from Sutera Harbour, same from KK)
Cons Cold Storage- bulk cheddar, mozarella and cream cheese, beef salami, range of bottled and canned European foods, bulk specialty flours and baking supplies, pasta. Limited range of frozen imported meat.
Heng Seng Cold Storage - Frozen goods and meat from Australia, NZ (but cheaper than Oz). Lamb, steak, smoked salmon, different cuts, sausages, 3 salami sticks RM21. Also has cheese, bulk frozen meats.
Merdeka Supermarket at Lido (Bus13 from Wawasan Bus Terminal)
Best overall range of ordinary "western" products at decent prices - eg the only place you can get Vegemite (sometimes). Has some frozen meat, cold sliced meats, pork cuts, cheese, fruit & veg, herbal teas.
City Mall, Jalan Lintas (By taxi or car only).
Giant Supermarket. Large modern supermarket with decent range; non-halal section selling pork and sausages, bacon etc; fresh food section; BBQ'd chickens; bakery with wholemeal bread and baguettes etc.
Pick and Pay (Damai, across Jalan Kolam from Damai Plaza).
Good range of imported and local fruit and veg, non-halal section, fresh sushi, fresh squeezed juice, good fresh chicken. Often have decent bread and home made yoghurt, good fresh sushi and fresh reasonably priced vegies.
BEER, WINE, LIQUOR (Best Prices)
Sunny Supermarket, Tanjung Aru (for wine)
Kedai Lai Yaip, No. 18 Pinang St, Tanjung Aru - a Chinese food shop that sells beer at good prices (Cartons of 24 - Dester = 50 RM, Stella Artois = 60 RM, Tiger & Carlsberg = 75 RM
Tanjung Aru Shopping Centre, Look for Carlsberg sign at Tanjung Aru Shopping Village, (near car exit). Beer and hard liquor at better (not quite cheap) prices
CKS Supermarket, Penampang. Large range of beers (Stella, Heinekin, Tiger, Carlsberg and more) from RM50 - RM70 per carton of 24 cans.
Kinabalu Rent a Car (Walter) 012-844 9012
Syarikat Sun Transport - at Car Wash opposite Marina complex. Ph. 0105 355455 (Bakri)
KK Leisure Tour & Rent A Car (Fred) 016 8915
Crocker Range Rent A Car Sdn Bhd, Lot F-G-13, Block F, G/F Tanjung Aru Plaza, Jalan Mat Saleh, Tanjung Aru, KK
Safie - cheaper, older "yachtie" cars and some better ones. Cheapest. Will deliver and pick up. 0168366507 eg Kancil RM80/day; RM70/day for 3 day hire or RM40/day for 1mth hire.
GG Adventure Tour 01-868559, 013 865 3559
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
• WHITE WATER RAFTING:
To Kiulu River - grades 1 & 2 rapids. Day trip, lunch included. Cost approx. 170 RM pp.
To Padas River - grades 3 & 4 rapids (Trans Borneo Co.) = 230 RM pp.
• WETLAND WILDLIFE AND FIREFLY CRUISE:
Klias River or Tauran wetlands cruise to find proboscis monkeys etc. Includes high tea and dinner by the river. Afternoon & Evening trip. Cost approx. 185 RM pp.
• KINABALU PARK AND PORING HOT SPRINGS:
Flora and fauna experience including canopy walk, possibly Rafflesia sighting and hot spring tub. Day trip, lunch included. Cost approx. 185 RM pp.
• TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN MARINE PARK:
5 islands close by KK. Can do afternoon, morning or all day trips. Water sports available at extra expense. Cost approx. 170 RM for all day, pp.
• LOK KAWI WILDLIFE PARK:
Zoo specialising in Malaysian and other Asian animals + botanical park. Day trip. Lunch included. Cost approx. 170 RM.
• KOTA BELUD SUNDAY MARKET:
Monthly Tamu or market, with food, handicrafts, produce. Also "Cowboys of the East" - Bajau horsemen. Travel through small traditional villages and by fields en route. Option - Horse riding at Tuaran Beach Resort en route.
• RUNGUS LONGHOUSE & TIP OF BORNEO :
3 hours travel towards Kudat and top of Borneo. Pass produce fields, handicraft centres, visit historic longhouse. Day trip incl. lunch, guide, fees = 270 RM pp.
• MONOSOPIAD CULTURAL VILLAGE :
Kadazan cultural farmhouses, dance performance, stories & folklore. Half day trip, incl. entrance fees and guide. Cost 160 RM pp.
• MT KINABALU CLIMB (THY Borneo Co.):
2 day, 1 night tour. Climb to top of Mt Kinabalu, staying in hut en route. Trip in-cludes transfers, guide, entrance fees, insurance, meals, accom. in unheated hut, does not include climbing permit (100 RM pp). Cost = 800 RM pp.
• RIDE BORNEO Sdn Bhd:
Guided or customized self tours by 150cc trail bike. Included is insurance, hel-met, touring info & maps. Half day novice trail = 195 RM pp., 1 day East Point Ridge (250 kms) =275 RM pp, 1 day Nulu Ridge (230 kms) = 275 RM pp. Can organize up to 6 day/5 night tours in Borneo.
• TABIN WILDLIFE AND BIRD RESERVE (Excel Dive & Tours, Wisma Sabah), ex Sanda-kan:
Near Lahad Datu in Sabah. Dedicated area for breeding of wildlife and birds - pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhino, monkeys + flora & mud volcanoes.
All inclusive trips with accom., meals, guide, permits etc - 2 days = 818 RM pp, 3 days = 1160 RM pp.
• KINABATANGAN RIVER (Excel Dive & Tours), ex Sandakan:
South-west of Sandakan, all meals and accom., guides, permits etc.
2 days, staying at Abai = 828 RM, 3 days, staying at Suchau = 1308 RM
• KINABATANGAN RIVER (Hadi Abdullah, tour guide), ex Sandakan:
Day 1 Pick up from airport or hotel. Proceed to Gomantong caves, approx-imately about two and a half hours drive. Explore the biggest birds nest cave in Sabah. Then continue journey to Bilit. Check-in Bed & Breakfast lodge. Lunch. Late afternoon, cruise the Kinabatangan River to search for wildlife (Proboscis & other monkeys, birds, reptiles and maybe elephants -depends on luck). Dinner. Evening cruise. Overnight at lodge. Day 2 Early morning cruise. Breakfast. Jungle trekking. Late afternoon, cruise the river again to search for more wildlife. Overnight at Bed & Breakfast lodge. Day 3 Early morning walk. Breakfast. Depart lodge back to Sandakan. Proceed to Sepilok OrangUtan Centre to witness the feeding of orangutans + Video program. Lunch. City tour (depends on flight times) - visit Central market, water village and Chinese temple. Transfer to hotel or airport for onward journey. Includes: Guide, tours & transfers, meals as indicated , accommodation as indicated, entrance fees to Gomantong caves and Sepilok Centre. Excludes: Air tickets, hotel accommodation, beverages, camera & video camera fee at Gomantong Caves and Sepilok Centre. Price: 3 Day/2 Night Package = 600 RM pp
• DANUM VALLEY (Borneo Anchor Travel & Tours), ex Sandakan:
Located in Sabah's Danum Valley Conservation Area. 3 day trip, incl. all meals, accom., transfers from Lahud Datu. Cost = 2010 RM for standard chalet, 2300 RM for Deluxe chalet
• LABUAN ISLAND:
Flight or ferry from Kota Kinabalu. See WW2 sites, option for wreck and other di-ving + is duty free port.
Flight, ferry or drive. See Islamic culture & architecture. Fly via Air Asia or Royal Brunei Airlines from approx. $70 AU return from KK. Accom. From $60AU per night.
Bus from KK approx. 45 RM pp., flight approx. 200 RM pp. Accom. from 30 RM per night.
Stepping off point for wildlife tours, Gomantong Caves and visits to diving islands offshore. Also WW2 sites, Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Agnes Keith House, Chinese temples, early mosques, etc.
• DIVING IN AND AROUND SABAH:
Sipidan/Mabul: West of Tawau. Diving and accom. at Mabul or nearby islands, diving at various sites. Sipidan diving permits very difficult to obtain & cost 40 RM pp per day. Cost - 580 RM pp per night, min 4 nights, includes transfer from Ta-wau or Semporna, all accom. & meals, 3 boat dives per day. Not included - dive gear rental, permits.
Layang Layang: North-west of KK, in Sth China Sea. Upmarket resort, access via helicopter only 3 days per week, at a cost of 1,065 RM pp. Package for 6 D/5N = 4,550 RM pp. Includes all meals, accom. dives and gear.
Lankayan Island: North-east of Sandakan. 3 D/2N package = 1,910 RM pp, & includes transfers from Sandakan, all meals & accom., 3 dives per day and gear. 5D/4 N = 3,160 RM
Small diving resorts also operate on Tiga Is., Mantanani Is., Mataking Is., Labuan, Libraran Is.
Snorkelling and some diving also possible off Tunku Abdul Rahman Marina Park, KK; Libraran and Turtle Islands, near Sandakan; Mengalum Island off KK.
• SABAH HOMESTAYS:
Experience the daily life of a community in Sabah by living with a local family, and be introduced to local foods, handicrafts, farming, cultural history of the area. Available in many areas eg Kota Belud, Kudat, Kundasang, Kinabatan-gang.
Lots of boaters have contributed information; the foundation list was created by 'Cathouse Bob', and the current Sutera Harbour crew have added and edited to end up with this list, which will continue to be updated, added to and improved. Comments, additions or deletions are welcomed. Email me or leave a comment on this blog site and we will include your contribution. If you need a printable version of this list, leave me a message and I will email it to you as an attachment.
Pauline, March 2011