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Kudat Beach Getaways

If you like going to the beach, first of all, be our friend! And then, head to Kudat. The beaches there are incredible. No kidding!

People in Kudat are indeed very lucky! They have a lot of nice beaches (besides cheap seafood, coconuts and longhouses).

Here is our list of recommended beaches to visit in Kudat. So bookmark this, add it to your bucket list and share it with your friends. 

The Tip of Borneo (Tanjung Simpang Mengayau)

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Simpang Mengayau means ‘lingering junction‘ as it is here that the South China Sea lingers and meets the Sulu Sea flowing from the east. 

Walk around here and you can see some dramatic landscapes around the area. It’s a lovely easy stroll to the flagpole, the Globe and the rocky outcrop that forms the “Tip of Borneo”.

Kelampunian Beach

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Kelampunian Beach is just a few minutes drive from the Tip of Borneo. 

The beach here is long and wide with smooth sand. Jogging enthusiasts will find it a joy treading on the beach from one end to the other.

Kelambu Beach


The beach is named after the shape of Kelambu island, as Kelambu means mosquito net in the local language.

There is a sandbar (tombolo) that connects the Kelambu island to the mainland. How unique!

The inviting clear water offers a variety of activities such as speed boating, water skiing, swimming, and snorkelling. 

Tindakon Dazang

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To get to this beach, you need to cross a small gravel road so we recommend that you use a 4×4 vehicle.

This place has a beautiful rocky coastline covered with vivid green seaweed-moss.  The seaweeds might be off-putting for some but those people who pay for seaweed beauty treatments can come here and get the same results for free! 

Bavang Jamal


Bavang Jamal Beach – a beach you can have all to yourself. 

This 1-kilometre long beach is well hidden behind a village, so most of the time no one is around. 

The nice sunset view at this beach can be an excellent backdrop for romantic movie scenes. The rocky shore at the edge of the beach is fun to explore too. You can see many small marine creatures crawling or swimming. 


Bak Bak Beach

Credit: Fakrul Jamil

Bak-Bak, weird name for a beach huh?

The name has a meaning when translated to Hakka. It means rock harbour, the natural formation of the rocks which is flat, long and straight. There are many types of sea creature in between the rocks. It is as if you are staring into an open aquarium. Amazing!

Bak Bak Beach has some of the clearest sea waters in Sabah comparable to island resorts off the coast. 

Loro Kecil Beach

Credit: Uwe Aranas

Loro Kecil Beach is not a tourist beach actually. It is a tiny fishing village in a picture perfect little bay. Most of the villagers here are Rungus people. They are very friendly and wouldn’t mind visitors exploring around.

How lucky of them to be living at a very interesting and unique beach!

The water here is unbelievably clear.

Loro Kecil Beach is adjacent to Bavang Jamal Beach and Kelambu Beach (refer aerial map below). You can go for a beach hopping trip without hurting your wallet! Boy oh boy!


If there is one word to describe the beaches in Kudat, it’s ‘hidden’, ‘unspoiled’, and ‘heavenly’. Wait. That’s three words.

We feel bad for those visitors who do not stay overnight in Kudat and very, very happy for those that do as Kudat has its own unique attraction even at night time.

Kudat, which has no light pollution, is one of the few pristine places that offer stargazers an amazing view of the Milky Way – the home to some 400 billion stars! 

At, you can find cozy and convenient places to stay overnight. Check out our list of hotel partners in Kudat below.

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Friendly Hotel
Kudat Golf & Marina Resort
Kudat Golf & Marina Resort
Hotel Morning Glory
Hotel Morning Glory
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Ria Hotel
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9 Huts on a Hill
Borneotip Beach Lodge
Borneotip Beach Lodge
Tommy's Place
Tommy's Place
Simpang Mengayau Chalet
Simpang Mengayau Chalet
Borneo Hotel
Borneo Hotel
Hotel Dream Garden
Hotel Dream Garden
North Borneo Biostation
North Borneo Biostation
serendipity villa
Serendipity Villa
Kudat Riviera

So if you’re planning a trip to Kudat soon, book a room in advance! Then you won’t have to worry about what to do first when you arrive in Kudat and you’ll be guaranteed a nice stay! 😊

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