Looking for a destination to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, minus a crowd of beach bums? Read on as we take you to the 5 best ‘less known’ Sabah beaches where you can enjoy the beach and have some peace and privacy. Now, whoever says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
1. Kalampunian Beach, Kudat
The gorgeous azure blue waters of Kalampunian beach is another breathtaking view from the Tip of Borneo. As you descend from the Tip, you won’t be able to miss the alluring stretch of white sandy beach by the roadside. Kalampunian is impeccably beautiful and clean—and perfectly quiet and serene.
2. Kelambu Beach, Kudat
Located in a more secluded part of Kudat, Kelambu beach is named after its shape, which allegedly resembles a mosquito net (kelambu). For additional fun adventure, explore up to a hill on the other side of the beach during low tides. The aerial view of the beach is simply amazing!
3. Mantanani Beach, Kota Belud
Being remotely tucked away from the city, the Mantanani beach retains its idyllic beauty with colourful corals and frolicking marine lives—set against the backdrop of the majestic Mount Kinabalu. Also known as ‘Mermaid Island’, there have reportedly been sightings and encounters of dugongs and dolphins around the Mantanani waters.
Mantanani Islands 美人鱼岛 is a group of three isolated islands located northwest of Kota Belud, about an hour’s drive from the state capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. These islands are approximately 60 minutes boat-ride by speedboat from the mainland (depends on sea condition).
4. Tempurung Beach, Kuala Penyu
Escape for the weekend to the idyllic Tempurung beach for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated in Tempurung village, Kuala Penyu, Tempurung beach welcomes you with its swaying coconut trees and a rustic atmosphere. You can also choose to stay at the Tempurung Seaside Lodge.
Read David’s review about Tempurung Seaside Lodge.
5. Si Amil Beach, Semporna
A fairly recent discovery, Si Amil Island is mainly famous as a scuba diving destination for underwater macro photography enthusiasts. But while you’re on land, don’t forget to explore the steep hill-covered rainforest which surrounds the beach. A word of caution: beware of pestering monkeys when chilling on the beach.