Kinarut is a town in the state of Sabah. It is located about 20 km south of the state capital, Kota Kinabalu. Kinarut is under the administration of the Papar district. In 2010 survey estimated that the population of Kinarut is 18,029. This population consists mainly of Bajaus, Bruneian Malays, Kadazans and Chinese . There is also a large Filipino refugee settlement in Kinarut, which has reportedly caused ethnic tension among locals. Kinarut railway station is one of the stops on the Sabah State Railway. Kinarut originally belonged to the Sultanate of Brunei. In the late 17th century, when Sultan Abdul Hakkul Mubin had to withdraw from Pulau Chermin during the Brunei Civil War, he built a base in Kinarut at a strategic location protected by two rivers. He remained there for ten years as the Sultan of Kinarut, during which incidents of piracy in the surrounding seas decreased significantly.
You may take flight from any other airport to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. There are non-stop flights to Kota Kinabalu provided by Malaysia Airlines, Airasia and Malindo Air. From the airport you may take taxi to Kinarut where it takes only 15 minutes’ drive from airport to Kinarut.
You may hail mini bus at mini-bus station Kota Kinabalu to Kinarut which is situated next to Wawasan Plaza at the southern end of Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen.
Tamu Kinarut is one of the most famous destinations in Kinarut and it is widely known for being the best place to get local food, local product and souvenirs. Kinarut is noted for its weekly tamu, an open air market dominated by native sellers which is held every Saturday. It is also close to Dinawan Island, Lok Kawi Wildlife Centre and the Kinarut Mansion ruins.
Kinarut Mansion or Rumah Besar Kinarut used to be the home of the first manager of Kinarut Rubber Estate. The Greco-roman style mansion was built between 1910 and 1914, and was one of the first few stone buildings to be built in Sabah. There are stairs leading all the way up to the site of the mansion. All that remains though are a few pillars and stairs.
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park was officially open to the public on the 17th February 2007. It takes only 8 minutes’ drive from Kinarut to the park. The park consists of two components that are zoological and botanical. Here you can see the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Proboscis monkey, Malayan tiger, as well as some different species of deer.
Kindawan is Sabah's most established riding center offering lessons and pleasure rides to palm fringed Kinarut beach, jungle trails and local villages. All rides are lead by experienced tour leaders to ensure their safety and comfort.
If you would love to unwind in a private place, the Dinawan Island is the place to be. There are several activities that visitors can indulge in such as snorkeling, sea walking, scuba diving and many other water sports. You can also join the day and night fishing and a game of pool.
Soluxe Hotel Kota Kinabalu is a 4-star hotel located in Kota Kinabalu which is 6 km from Kinarut. This hotel located near to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and Kota Kinabalu International Airport within 5 km. With the facilities and an excellent location make the Soluxe Hotel Kota Kinabalu is the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Kinarut.
The Magellan Sutera is a 5-star luxury hotel located in Kota Kinabalu which is 15 km from Kinarut. This hotel is the best spot for you who desire a serene and peaceful getaway, far away from the crowds. It is located near to Kota Kinabalu International Airport within 0.52 km. Enjoy luxurious treats and incomparable experience by staying at The Magellan Sutera.