If you’re looking for a quiet retreat in Sabah that provides breathtaking beaches to marvel at as well as easy adventures to add some fun to your trip, Kudat is the place to go. It is not just a haven for beach lovers, but also one of the best places to do fun activities with your family or friends. So, pack your bags and let’s hit the open road for a weekend adventure in the upper north of Sabah!
How To Get To Kudat?
Arrival by land
It takes around 3 hours to travel by road from Kota Kinabalu city to Kudat (185km). You can choose to either self-drive, book a taxi or travel by bus.
Activities and Attractions in Kudat
🚗 Kudat Market
Our road trip begins with a visit to the heart of Kudat’s local culture – the Kudat Market. Step into this vibrant and bustling market located in town, and discover local vendors proudly display an array of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and traditional crafts handmade by the community. It’s a perfect spot to experience the authentic flavours and hospitality of the people in Kudat while discovering unique souvenirs and gifts to bring home. Kudat Market is a must-visit destination for travellers seeking a taste of the authentic Sabahan experience.
🚗 Esplanade Sidek
A short drive away from Kudat Market is the tranquil Esplanade Sidek, a popular spot to unwind and soak in the calm ocean view. This unique waterfront promenade offers a serene escape from the bustling town. It is a popular spot for both locals and tourists to relax, unwind, and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. Take a leisurely stroll along its walkway, pose for photos with the iconic “I Love Kudat” sculpture, or dine on seafood while watching the sunset. Whether you’re alone, with friends, or with family, the Esplanade Sidek provides the perfect setting for a peaceful and memorable evening.
🚗 Tun Mustapha Museum
Another place to visit is the newly opened Tun Mustapha Museum, a cultural gem that allows you to learn about Kudat’s history and heritage. The museum pays tribute to Tun Mustapha Datu Harun, a significant figure in Sabah’s history, who was both the first Yang diPertua Negeri (Head of State) and the third Chief Minister of Sabah.
The museum showcases the life and achievements of Tun Mustapha. One of its notable features is a display of the first car used by Tun Mustapha, offering a glimpse into his personal life.
Throughout the gallery, visitors can immerse themselves in detailed narratives accompanied with photos, shedding light on his successes and challenges.
Visitors can also visit the gallery’s exhibition on the fascinating world of insects, which is placed at the beginning of the gallery.
The first level is dedicated to the people, history, and culture of Kudat, from its marine life to its handicrafts.
Overall, the Tun Mustapha Museum offers a memorable and educational experience, seamlessly combining history and the remarkable life of the revered Sabahan leader. It also serves as a valuable opportunity for both young people and the community to explore their local heritage and discover the rich history of Kudat.
For more information
Admission fees: Free
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm (Daily)
Phone number: (+60) 88 613 630 / 613 632
🚗 Tomborungus Coconut Stall
Quench your thirst with refreshing coconut water during your Kudat adventure at Tomborungus Coconut Stall. Located just a 2-minute drive from Tun Mustapha’s Museum at Dataran Tomborungus, it’s the perfect way to stay refreshed on hot days.
🚗 Kudat Golf Club
If you’re looking for a golfing adventure, it’s time to take a swing at the Kudat Golf Club.
Kudat Golf Club is a golfing gem with roots dating all the way back to 1906 and what was part of St. Andrews in Scotlands. Originally a nine-hole layout, it expanded into an 18-hole par-72 course measuring 6,080 metres in 2002.
Kudat Golf Club offers golf enthusiasts a diverse experience: The original nine holes provide a classic inland design with natural beauty and challenge, while the newer front nine offers challenges with most holes featuring bunkers and water hazards.
The clubhouse is conveniently located near the 10th hole, which transforms into a lit-up driving range in the evenings.
After a round of golf, have your lunch at Kudat Golf & Marina Resort or enjoy a refreshing dip in their pool while admiring the picturesque sea view.
For more information
Green Fees: RM100.00 (Weekdays), RM150.00 (Weekends & Public Holidays)
Phone number: (+60) 88 611 002
🚗 Tip of Borneo
The Tip of Borneo, also known as Simpang Mengayau (translates to lingering junction), is the northernmost point of Borneo where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Seas. This captivating location is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets, moonlight nights, and the dramatic collision of waves against rugged cliffs. It’s a must-visit spot for those seeking stunning views and Instagram-worthy moments at the edge of Sabah.
🚗 Soaking Up the Sun at Kudat’s Stunning Beaches
Kudat boasts some of the most pristine and secluded beaches in Sabah. Take a leisurely stroll along the white sandy shores, dip your toes in crystal-clear waters, and let the ocean breeze rejuvenate your travelling soul. Make sure to include Kudat’s beaches in your travel plans. In addition to the well-known Kalampunian Beach, be sure to add Kelambu Beach and Bak Bak Beach to your list of must-visit spots for a complete Kudat experience.
Kelambu Beach in Sabah is a tombolo, where a sand bar connects Kelambu Island to the mainland. The name “Kelambu” translates to “mosquito net” in local language, and was most likely inspired by the beach’s resemblance to the shape of a mosquito net. This natural formation is a rare sight in Sabah, making it one of the must-see beaches in Kudat.
Bak Bak Beach is the closest beach to Kudat town, located 5 kilometres from a main road exit. When you’re on your way to the Tip of Borneo, look for the “Jalan Bak Bak” sign on your right. Pantai Bak Bak, while technically not a beach due to its submerged shore, offers calm and shallow waters ideal for wading as well as scenic coral rock formations. It’s a great spot for family and friends to take photos because there are many attractive installations.
Time to go to Kudat!
Kudat offers a wide range of exciting activities and attractions beyond these easy weekend adventures. Sometimes, the most fun experiences happen spontaneously. If you’re up for a more challenging adventure, there are plenty more options to explore.
So, start planning your weekend getaway to Kudat now, and let the adventure begin! Happy travels!