Bukit Perahu is tucked away in a small town named Tamparuli, located about 30-minute drive away from Kota Kinabalu’s city center. Also known as St Veronica’s Hill, Bukit Perahu got its name from the unique rock formations discovered on the hill which amazingly resembles a stranded vessel, or “perahu” in Malay.
Standing at 300 metres above sea level, the hike to the top is approximately 800m long and takes between 20 to 45 minutes depending on your endurance. Coming here early in the morning is very much recommended. The cool morning breeze will make the hike up much easier, and you’ll be treated to a majestic view of the sun rising behind Mount Kinabalu.
And that’s not all. The real attraction of Bukit Perahu is the sea of clouds enveloping the peak that almost makes you feel like you’re standing on a floating island! Don’t forget to bring your best camera to capture this unbeatable sight.
Bukit Perahu is a perfect destination for those who would like to challenge themselves and test their fitness level. Make sure to wear comfortable outfit and shoes for hiking, carry a torchlight if you’re planning to hike before sunrise, and bring water to keep yourself hydrated.