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School Trips to Kota Kinabalu

School trips to Kota Kinabalu offer students the unforgettable opportunity to explore Malaysian Borneo and take part in volunteer work!

School trips to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo are most popular as school expeditions, but whatever your reason for choosing to visit, our school travel experts will work closely with you to ensure your school trip to Kota Kinabalu is an unforgettable educational experience for your students.

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Why visit Kota Kinabalu?

Discover the delights of Borneo

On your school expedition to Borneo, you will be based around Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah on the northwest coast of Borneo. However, you’ll also travel to Sepilok on the Sandankan Peninsula to visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre.

Often referred to as KK, Kota Kinabalu is the ideal base for a school expedition exploring all that Borneo has to offer. All the exciting attractions of the state of Sabah are within easy reach, from the jungles and beaches to the impressive Mount Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu is incredibly multicultural, and so is a fantastic representation of Malaysia as a whole, in that regard. You’ll be able to spend time with local rural tribes, while also experiencing the cultural melting pot of the city.

On your school expedition to Borneo, your students will love exploring the sights of Kota Kinabalu, including Signal Hill, which offers spectacular views of the city and nearby islands. You’ll also see some spectacular mosques and don’t miss the opportunity to capture the magical sunset from the KK Waterfront or Tanjung Aru beach.

Explore wildlife conservation

Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world and is home to many endemic species. This ancient rainforest is also one of the few remaining natural habitats of the Bornean orangutan.

On your school trip to Kota Kinabalu, your students will visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre. They’ll learn more about these charismatic creatures and what the centre is trying to achieve in terms of their conservation. Your students will even be able to take a boardwalk through the lowland forest, to see them feeding.

You’ll also be able to visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Here, your students will find out about the threats facing these beautiful bears, including illegal hunting, deforestation and the wildlife trade. Many of these bears end up in captivity, often in terribly poor conditions. This centre rescues such bears and aims to rehabilitate them so that they can be released back into the wild.

Learn about British colonialism

Kota Kinabalu also offers some insight into British colonialism and its effects on Borneo. The city was once known as Jesseltown, after Sir Charles Jessel who was the Vice Chairman of the British North Borneo Company who had established a colony there to exploit the island’s impressive natural resources.

The town became a major trading post in the region and dealt with rubber, rattan, honey and wax. The city was almost destroyed during WW2, as the British razed it in retreat from the Japanese who had taken over the island and later due to Allied bombing campaigns. The British North Borneo Company couldn’t afford to rebuild Jesseltown and so handed control over to the British Crown in 1946. It was renamed Kota Kinabalu in 1967, four years after the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.

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Take a look at our range of Kota Kinabalu school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

School Expedition to Borneo

School Expedition to Borneo

Learn about local tribes and their culture, and discover the issues affecting local wildlife.

From £2,199pp
11 days, 9 nights
Air trip
Multi-centre trip
Worldwide

Frequently Asked Questions

To really make the most of everything that Kota Kinabalu and Malaysia have to offer, we would really recommend planning to spend around 11 days on your school trip here.

The best time to visit Kota Kinabalu on a school trip is March through to October, when it's hot and dry.

Kota Kinabalu will be your base from which to explore the rest of Malaysian Borneo and so coach is really the best way to get around on this school trip. We will, of course, provide you with a comfortable coach that you can use throughout your time here.

A visit to the Kiau Taburi Village offers your students the opportunity to explore traditional tribal village life and take part in community activities. And you'll definitely want to visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation centre to learn more about what's being to done to help these endangered and vulnerable species.

Yes, you can! While most groups who choose to visit Kota Kinabalu do so on a Helping Hands expedition, which includes the opportunity to take part in volunteer work, there are also great opportunities for geography students here.

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!