Friday, December 30, 2011

Kudat - General Information

Kudat city in Sabah is situated at the tip of Borneo island, a state in the eastern part of Malaysia. Kudat serves as the administrative center for the Kudat Division, which includes the towns of Kudat, Sikuati, Matunggong, and some offshore islands.

Kudat is located on the northern part of the state of Sabah, about 190 kilometers north of Kota Kinabalu, the Sabah state capital. On the west, it faces the South China Sea, and on the east the Sulu Sea. Geographically the city is located tt latitude 6°55'north, longitude 116°50'east.

Kudat's population approximately about 75,000 and the ethnic composition is mainly Rungus and about 10% of the population is ethnic Chinese, and there are minorities of Bajau, Dusun, Murut, Bugis, and Suluk. However, there is also a considerable number of unregistered illegal immigrants from the nearby Philippines, notably from the Sulu regions and Mindanao.

The city was founded by A.H. Everett of the British North Borneo Company on December 7, 1881 to be the first capital of British North Borneo, due to its
strategic geographic location. However, after being repeatedly raided by Bajau, Sulu and Illanun pirates, in 1883 the capital was shifted to the more secure port of Sandakan, on the east coast.

In the past Kudat is not a well known location for foreign visitors, however, there is a notable modern beach resort near the town, Kudat Golf & Marina Resort, which offer good foods and accommodation.
The resort and the adjoining golf course was built on reclaimed land done in 70s by the then Chief Minister of Sabah Tun Dato Mustapha. The late Tun Mustapha was from Limau-limaun, across the bay from Kudat. The golf club is the oldest golf club in Borneo, Kudat Golf Club, founded in 1906, currently a 18 holes par 72 championship course. Other attractions include tours to nearby Rungus longhouses, where traditional brass gongs are made, and where honey is produced and to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the northernmost point on the island of Borneo.

During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army built and maintained an air field here. The airfield was built by locals and forced labour from Java, Indonesia using coral stones as base. Many Indonesian died from disease and hunger. In 1945, B25 bombers of the United States
Far East Air Force repeatedly bombed the air field and put it out of action. The current airfield operated by Malaysian Airport Berhad is built on part of the former military air field. ---- Source: Wikipedia

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tip of Borneo Tour Services

Tip of Borneo is situated at the northern part of Borneo island. This dramatic headland is situated in the northern-most tip of Borneo, the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. It is located in the Kudat Peninsula. The journey to the Tip of Borneo will takes about three and a half hours (or 215 kilometres) drive from Kota Kinabalu City, the capital city of Sabah.

Tip of Borneo or better known the local as Simpang Mengayau means 'lingering junction' as it is here that the South China Sea lingers and meets the Sulu Seas flowing from the east. Here you can enjoy 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".

If you are interested to visit the Tip of Borneo and several other attractions in Kudat region, we are providing full-day return trip/tour to the Tip of Borneo. Organise/run by the local from Kudat itself, we will ensure that your trip to Kudat is enjoyable and meaningful. Recently we have added Tindakon Dazang Beach, one more attraction into our list of must visit places in Kudat.

Please refer to our Tip of Borneo tour packages. If you are interested with our Tip of Borneo tour packages please contact as at gokudat@gmail.com and visit our webpage at www.gokudat.com

PACKAGES ITINERARY

7.30 am - Depart from the hotel and proceed towards northern part of Sabah. The journey takes about 2.5 hours drive through scenic countryside.

10.00 am - Arrive at Matunggong Village. Visit the gong making shop, a traditional musical instrument. The gong is the most important Rungus musical instrument which is played during festivities and grand occasion such as weddings. Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the method of gong making by the professional gong makers in the village.

The Honey Bee Farm will be the next destination to observe how a bee farm is managed. Get a taste of raw honey stright from the honeycomb. For many generations, the people of Kampung Gombizau has been consuming raw honey as it is believed and has been proven to posses remedial properties; other than being able to lend its superior taste to food when used in cooking

11.00 am - Visit the Bavanggazo Longhouse. Experience this fascinating communal lifestyle in a purpose-built longhouse constructed entirely of traditional materials but with added modern comforts like toilets and showers. At the long house, the Rungus people show to you their traditional dance called the Magunatip.

12.00 pm - Lunch at longhouse or local restaurant

1.00pm - Proceed to Tip of Borneo. This dramatic headland is situated in the northern-most tip of Borneo, the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. 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 stuning view.

4.00 pm - Proceed back to Kota Kinabalu

6.30 pm - Arrive at your hotel.
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DETAILS
Rates: Contact us for the details at gokudat@gmail.com
Inclusive: Return land transfer, English speaking guide, entrance fee and lunch
Remarks: Bring along camera, drinking water and extra cash for other purchase during the tour.
Tour Reservation: E-mail us at gokudat@gmail.com

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