ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
The locality of Kudat Riviera presents numerous opportunities for exploration and leisure, ranging from scuba diving, snorkeling, golfing, seafood market, art & cultural experience.
Kudat town is the largest town in the heartland of Rungus people, which is a sub-ethnic group of the majority Kadazan Dusun race and its therefore a major center of Rungus Culture. The small but important tourism industry in Kudat town revolves largely around its laid back atmosphere and its proximity to the sea. Visitors come to Kudat to purchase its fresh seafood and to experience the charms of typical Sabahan country town. Tourist attractions located in the town proper include the Kudat Golf Club, Sidek Esplanade, central marekt and fish market.
KUDAT GOLF CLUB
Kudat Golf Club has been in existence since the early 1900s and is acknowledged as the first golf club in Sabah. The early nine-hole golf course, now called the second nines, is located in the heart of Kudat town. Naturally wooded and matured, Kudat Golf Club is a 3075- meters course, challenging in its own way, being surrounded by buildings, roads and houses.
Since mid-2002, the new nine-hole course (the first nines) 3005 meters, has been opened for play giving Kudat Golf Club an 18-hole golf course of 6080 meters. This non-buggy course faces Marudu Bay and features large water hazards and numerous bunkers throughout.
BAVANGGAZO RUNGUS LONGHOUSE
Traditionally, the Rungus people live in longhouses built on stilts, but the shift to modern-day living has meant that the sight of such longhouses are getting more rare. In Kg. Bavanggazo near Tinangol in the Kudat district, you can still experience this fascinating communal lifestyle in a purpose-built longhouse constructed entirely of traditional materials but with added modern comforts like toilets and showers.
Situated in a valley about 41 kilometres south of Kudat town and 98 kilometres or two and a half hours drive from KK City, you can get a taste of real Rungus living through their food, daily rituals and music on a day trip or overnight stay. The later will need prior arrangements
GOMBIZAU HONEY BEE FARM
Gombizau Honey Bee Farm is located in Matunggong, a sub-district 43 kilometers south of Kudat town, where one of the economical activities for the village community is honey bee farming. There are over a hundred bee cages in the bee farm. Founded over ten years ago, this bee farm produces honey both for the consumption of the local people as well as to be sold in bottles for those who are akin to the sweet taste of raw honey.
For many generations, the people of Kampung Gombizau has been consuming raw honey as it is believed and has been proven to possess remedial properties; other than being able to lend its superior taste to food when used in cooking.
Here, visitors will be able to observe how a bee farm is managed. They will often get a taste of raw honey straight from the honeycomb. Other than that, there are also rubber trees planted at the bee farm. Therefore, visitors can also witness the traditional method of rubber tapping and rubber rolling.
THE TIP OF BORNEO (SIMPANG MENGAYAU)
This dramatic headland is situated in the northern-most Tip of Borneo. It is located in the Kudat Peninsula, about three and a half hours drive from Kota Kinabalu City.
Simpang Mengayau means ‘lingering junction‘ as it is here that the South China Sea lingers and meets the Sulu Seas flowing from the east … Enjoy the stunning view. The sunsets and full moons are just beautiful … The Pulau Kalampunian lighthouse is a reminder of treacherous coastline and past shipwrecks. On the left is the beautiful beach of Pantai Kalampunian.
It’s a lovely easy stroll to the flagpole, the Globe and the rocky outcrop that forms the “Tip of Borneo”.
KAMPUNG SUMANGKAP GONG FACTORY
The gong is the most important Rungus musical instrument which is played during festivities and grand occasions such as weddings. The gongs that are sold in Kampung Sumangkap vary in sizes—visitors can expect to find tiny souvenirs ones with different shapes and unique designs as well as large ones that can reach up to 2 meters wide in diameter. Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the method of gong making by the professional gong makers in the village.