Signal Hill, Kota Kinabalu
Visited the Signal Hill Observatory Platform the highest point in Kota Kinabalu , while we did the city tour.
Climbed here with the Bas Persiaran , saw the glimpse of Kota Kinabalu from above.
The Signal Hill Observatory Platform ,marked the border between original land and reclaimed land from the sea.
Nothing so special here , view towards the TARP islands and sea are blocked by the tall buildings.
Can try to visit the platform in the afternoon , where the city lights are lit, would have a better view
Taxi ride from Padang Merdeka to here , about 10-15 RM , its off the regular bus route.
No admission fee, worth a visit, once.
You can reach Signal Hill Observatory from the base of the hill, up a steep staircase and trail. Take a lot of water, as it gets hot on the little climb! Once at the top, there are nice views out over the city.
Along the same road to the Atkinson Clock Tower, the Signal Hill Observatory Platform has a great view of the East side of downtown KK. The view has a mix of old and modern buildings of KK and out to the ocean with islands. It is the main financial and shopping district of KK where the major banks and the attractions were located.
Good To Know: The Signal Hill Forest Trail can lead you up to the observatory.
Further up the hill, you will see the old bungalow houses looking out to the ocean with calm surrounding. Going down the hill through the other side of the road will lead you to Likas. Walking around Likas Bay will give you another view of KK.
We were taken to the lookout by friends who live in Kota Kinabalu. They showed us around this city with over 1 million people and the first place they took us was to Signal Hill Observatory Tower which must be the highest point in the city. Fantastic view of the city, harbour and offshore islands in the South China Sea.
Signal Hill is the highest point in Kota Kinabalu and got its name from the signals being sent up the hill using flags (hence, the name Bukit Bendera in Malay for the hill) whenever mail steamships arrived at Jesselton Port. There's an observation platform here (that Lonely Planet describes as looking like UFO's, and they're not wrong) where you can get a panoramic view of Kota Kinabalu below. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Pulau Gaya from here.
Go to Signal Hill observatory platform, which is within walking distance from Padang Merdeka. Signal Hill is the highest point in Kota Kinabalu and has an amazing view of the city and the islands just across the city.
There are several islands nearby KK. Only about a 20 mins boat ride away, sometimes less from the Jesselton Pier, there is no reason why you shouldn't head out for some rest and relaxation on a beautiful island.
If you don't mind spending a little more, you can stay at Manukan Island at the Manukan Island Resort. A nice relaxing stay - lovely beaches and clear blue waters for some easy snorkelling. Fantastic to get a tan too.
If you don't feel like spending more, you can always opts to rent a boat out to the nearby islands, Pulau Sapi and Manukan are the favourites as they are pretty near to KK.
Climb to the highest point in the city to enjoy the breeze and overview!You can see sky, land and sea all at one glance!
Many people drive. But if you're handicap without a car like us, its time for some exercise! Take the stairs that begin from the back of Lucy Lodge. about 10-15 mins walk.
after climbing down, proceed to nearby Borneo Museum Kopitiam for a drink. Ths place is dedicated to the Australians who fought WWII.
Signal Hill is another spot if city tour. There are two route to reach the signal hill:
1. The shorter path is just behind the Backpacker's Logde. It is just 5 minutes walk to the signal hill using this path.
2. The longer path is walk pass the clock tower and follow the road uphill. It takes 15-20 minutes walk. Nothing much along the road, so better take the shorter path.
The observatory platform is closed by the time I write this (early Jan). However, you still can have the city view from the roadside. The view included the islands.
There is an observation platform located here, that gives you excellent views of the city and islands. This is located on the highest point of Kota Kinabalu.
Want a panoramic view of the city, you have to go up to the observation deck. I heard the sunset is superb!