The Unseen Beaches in Borneo You Seriously Need to Visit

The Unseen Beaches in Borneo You Seriously Need to Visit

The Unseen Beaches in Borneo You Seriously Need to Visit

07

OCTOBER, 2016

Borneo
Sabah
Beach
Travel

Covering an area of roughly 287,000 square miles, Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and home to a stunning stretch of coastline. Many of its small, paradisiac isles are largely uninhabited, making it the perfect place for a holiday hideaway, and the beaches in Borneo are beyond breathtaking.

For anyone that fancies escaping the crowds and heading to a quiet, secluded place with unmarred natural beauty, this is the country for you.

Warning: Some of these beaches are so relaxing you might be physically unable to drag yourself away…

borneo beaches

Photograph via Adventura

Mañana: a Hidden Paradise

 

Mañana is a little hidden gem in the wilds of Kota Belud, just over an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu in the North of Sabah. Although it’s not on a separate island, this beach is only accessible by boat and there are no cars, shops or even power during the day.

Doesn’t matter though, because there’s a lovely little backpacker-style beach resort here where you’ll find plenty of books, hammocks and a small rustic bar to set you up for a day’s reading in the sunshine. Forget trying to get online, as there is no internet or phone reception here either; even the owners of Mañana Beach Resort aren’t able to connect, meaning they have to venture through the jungle and up a hill just to get a few bars!

So put your phones and iPads away and go off exploring the stretch of sandy beach, from where you can look out over the crystal clear ocean and the red roofs of chalets in the distance.

Bonroe Beaches

Photograph by Lyndsey via flickr

Tip of Borneo: As Far North as You’ll Get

 

Borneo’s Sabah has some of the most untouched beaches in the region, which are home to pristine coral and an array of marine wildlife. The Tip of Borneo, otherwise known as Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (don’t ask me to pronounce that) is located in the northernmost corner of the country and boasts perfect white sands alongside calm waters.

Venture to the Tip of Borneo and you’re guaranteed to have a practically private beach experience, without having to fork out for the privilege. This is because this beach is still relatively unknown, due to its remote location, and doesn’t therefore get many visitors.

There are a few basic accommodation options around the Tip of Borneo, such as Tommy’s Place, a backpacker lodge that provides numerous activities, such as surfing, diving, and snorkeling. Another option is BorneoTip Beach Lodge, a series of detached chalets with a sea view and budget-friendly onsite restaurant.

Bonroe Beaches

Photograph by metalz via trek earth

Kalampunian: Most Beautiful Beach in Sabah

 

On the way up to the Tip of Borneo, you’ll find the moon-shaped Kalampunian Beach, which is arguably the most beautiful beach in mainland Sabah. It is impeccably clean, quiet and peaceful, with very few tourists bothering to make the journey here – go on a weekday, and you’ll practically have the beach to yourself.

The sweeping coastline is bordered by casuarina trees and you’ll find small stalls selling beautiful sea-shell products. You can also rent snorkelling gear and life jackets from these stalls, but be aware that the sea here is fairly choppy, so you may prefer to just go for a paddle.

There are a number of low-budget accommodation options near Kalampunian, which may be basic, but they offer clean and comfortable amenities, along with stunning beach views. I’d recommend staying at Tampat Do Aman, a rustic eco-camp run by a friendly couple, located just ten minutes away on foot.

borneo beaches

Photograph via asiadivingvacation

Si Amil: Best for Diving

 

The island of Si Amil is totally uninhabited, so you can only go for the day, but it’s certainly well worth a visit. You can get there by boat from Semporna, which takes an hour, or from Mabul, which takes half the amount of time. After Sidapan Island, this is said to be the best spot for diving, namely due to the boilers from an old Japanese wreck which jut out of the ocean.

But you don’t have to be a diver to appreciate this place. Things are just as interesting on land, where you’ll find the remains of an old fish factory that was built as a cover for surveillance activities during World War 2.

Si Amil is also the only island in the area that is home to a large family of long-tailed macaque monkeys. They’re undeniably cute, but be warned – these little critters can be a bit of a nuisance when they appear out of nowhere and begin pestering you on the beach!

Borneo Beaches

Photograph via the leap

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Lupa Masa: A Place to Forget Time

 

Lupa Masa translates as ‘forget time’, which isn’t exactly a hard thing to do on this beach, which has regularly been called the best beach in Borneo on Tripadvisor. You can go snorkelling, fishing and hiking, as well as admire sea turtles and otters in their natural environment. On certain nights of the month, you’ll also be able to spot some incredible glow-in-the-dark marine wildlife.

Choose to volunteer and travel in Borneo on your gap year with The Leap and you’ll have the chance to live in one of the traditional tribal longhouses on Lupa Masa beach, whilst learning how to make traditional handicrafts and jewellery. You’ll also help keep the beach tidy with regular cleanups, as well as carry out a number of other worthwhile community-based projects.

Let the countdown to the beach begin!

What Do You Reckon?

So have you fallen in love with the beaches in Borneo yet? Do you feel ready to explore this jewel of Sabah? If the answer is yes, be sure to check out our dedicated Borneo tour for information on programs there and to learn about joining one of our teams out there this year or next.

If you’ve been to Borneo before, let me know if we’ve missed your favourite beach off the list too – that’s what the comments box is for!

This article was originally posted on The Leap, and has been re-published here with permission. To keep up to date with more posts from them, you can follow her on Twitter here.

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Top 5 Islands in Sabah

Top 5 Islands in Sabah

27

JUNE, 2016

Island
Travel

Never had enough? Wish to urge out? Opt for some sea-coast healing maybe? Trust me, we’ve all been there. From time to time you ought to switch your mind to the idea of living life to the fullest by experiencing countless adventures such as trekking in Kala Pattar, Nepal, exploring caves in Puerto Princesa, Philippines or conquering the Mount Fuji, Japan to some relaxing, tranquil and serene destination of the deep blue ocean intertwine with a stretch of fine white sandy beach with the sounds of the waves creating a perfect symphony for your island-escape.

There are a lots of magnificent island destination all around the world that awaits you with great excitement and wonderful experiences, and now it’s about time I introduced you to few of our favorites!

Pulau Tiga

Are you a survivor? Do you think you can survive staying in the Survivor Island? If you think you got what it takes to do so, then I highly suggested you to visit Pulau Tiga which also famous with the nickname of ‘Survivor Island’ which taken from a reality TV show of the same title which filmed in this island. Treat yourself with natural volcanic mud bath which is good for your skin and dive into the beautiful corals which offer magical underwater experiences.

Pulau Sapi

A total mistake that one could probably do is not including Pulau Sapi in the list of most-visited island as it is blessed with miraculously white sandy beach and crystal clear water where fishes swan gracefully in their natural habitat. In some cases, if you’re lucky, you might as well get tanning squad as you will see Monitor Lizard wander around to tan their skin tone but fret not, they are harmless.

Pulau Mantanani

No No No! I’ts not the signature Tiffany’s turquoise box, but it is the crystal clear, turquoise ocean water that surrounded the spectacular island of Mantanani. Anyone would definitely fall in love at the first sight as soon as they set eyes on this beauty. Due to the mysterious and human like appearance of Dugong, the people call it mermaid. Well, I bet, if mermaid is real, this would definitely be their favorite place to visit.

Pulau Mataking

Imagine yourself in sitting on the beach with gentle waves crushing the seashore below your feet, creating the perfect sounds to your ears, with the warm smell of the nature offering million-dollar view of the of the sunrise. What else can you ask for? The kind of experience that is worthy. Oh ya, did I tell you that it is also the perfect choice for honeymoon destination.

Bohey Dulang

Explore this archipelago beauty that are located in Semporna which also famous for its nickname of the Pearl Island. If you are into jungle trekking, you might want to consider trekking activities to the peak of the Bohey Dulang Island and take some breathtaking selfie of spectacular and vivid scenery of the whole islands.

“THE SEA, once it cast it’s spell, holds one in its net of wonder FOREVER”-Jacques Yves Cousteau

Did those photos make you feel like want to escape to these beautiful islands? Then what are you waiting for. You are just one click away from your dream island vacation. Click here to pick which destination that you want to go.

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Dragon Pearl Beach Resort

Dragon Pearl Beach Resort

Dragon Pearl Beach Resort

08

APRIL, 2016

News
Island
Travel

Dragon Pearl Beach Resort is the new upcoming destination that Top Peak Travel will take you to, it have a beautiful beach, island and jungle nearby.

At the beach you can do activities like playing beach volleyball, building sand castles or just sunbathing.

Dragon Pearl Beach Resort
Dragon Pearl Beach Resort
Dragon Pearl Beach Resort
Dragon Pearl Beach Resort

Just 20 minute away by boat from the Dragon Pearl Beach Resort, you can visit the Pulau Pandan Pandan, it is a beautiful island with a beautiful rock formations.

So if you want to go to the Dragon Pearl Beach Resort, Plan your trip and book with us!
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