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Sandakan Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center Full-Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Sandakan Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center Full-Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu
Duration:
8 hours
From:
USD 133.75
<p>A visit to the see the orphaned or abandoned Orangutans at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center, in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo, will melt the hearts of the hardiest traveler. Watch as these cute Orangutans are taught the survival skills, by the dedicated team at Sepilok, that they need in order to return to natural habitat - the jungles of Borneo.</p>

Kiulu River White Water Rafting from Kota Kinabalu

Kiulu River White Water Rafting from Kota Kinabalu
Duration:
6 hours
From:
USD 118.00
Join this tour for a White Water Rafting adventure on the Kiulu River that will suit those looking for a moderately adventurous and relaxing experience.<br>You will travel north of Kota Kinabalu to Kiulu River, passing by beautiful scenic countryside and the rural town of Tamparuli. Upon arrival you will receive a short safety briefing before beginning your adventure!<br>When the water is high, the furthest you can raft is up to 15kms. When the water is low you can enjoy a 7km distance. The grade of this river is between 1 and 2.<br>Deep pools punctuate the river rapids, allowing you plenty of opportunities to indulge in body rafting or swimming! The journey will take up to 1.5 hours and is finished off with a delicious BBQ lunch before returning to the city.

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Official Kota Kinabalu Airport Taxi Rates & Fares

Kota Kinabalu Airport taxi rates given here are in the local currency (MYR or Malaysian Ringgit). Use our currency converter or the cheat sheet to the left if you would like to convert to your currency. Note that Kota Kinabalu Airport taxi rates given here are for official taxis and unofficial or pirate taxis (discussed below) may be different.


  • The fare to the city is MYR 30 and this will take about 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic.



 
Kota Kinabalu Taxi Payment: Cash only
Kota Kinabalu Taxi Tipping Recommendation: Not required



Official Kota Kinabalu Airport Taxi Details

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Kota Kinabalu Airport taxi services are readily available.

 

Purchase a pre-paid taxi coupon in the Kota Kinabalu Airport terminal before catching a taxi to town. This coupon system ensures that travellers do not get ripped off for taxi fares and that the correct destination is understood by the driver, but also that a little extra money is made for the airport. Note that surcharges apply for night hours. 

 

During your stay, and as a rule of thumb, short rides in taxis should run about MYR 10, longer trips about MYR 20, and hiring a taxi for a day for sightseeing should be no more than MYR 300. All prices are negotiable and you will need to discuss and agree on a price with the driver using the recommended values, otherwise there is a good chance you will be ripped off.





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 Unofficial Kota Kinabalu Airport Taxi Service or Hire Points

 

If you walk out to the main road where buses and mini-buses wait for passengers, you can pick up a taxi to town for about MYR 5 less  than the Kota Kinabalu Airport coupon system.


 
IHateTaxis.com has a mixed recommendation on the unofficial Kota Kinabalu Airport taxi service.

Although a little more walking is required to reach these taxis, you may negotiate a better price than the official coupon system, but ensure you confirm the price before you get in the taxi so you do not get ripped off.



 Kota Kinabalu Airport Taxi Scams


Some cabs will tell you that there are no budget cabs available to try to convince you to take a premium taxi. Occasionally this is true, especially near midnight when the tariff jumps and cabs won't take jobs for half an hour or so before midnight.

 

While you are largely protected from unscrupulous taxi drivers by the pre-paid taxi ticket system at Kota Kinabalu Airport, here are some Malaysian taxi scams to be aware of while in the city:

  • Driver refuses to take you where you want (tip: don't tell the driver your destination before you get in the car)
  • Driver refuses to turn the meter on and quotes a rate, usually high 
  • Driver refuses to make change (expect this, and carry small bills)



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Last Updated: 14 Jul 2015