North Borneo Mountain Biking – Kudat
LEISURE AND EASY CYCLING/MOUNTAIN BIKING IN KUDAT
|1)||TERINGKAI BEACH mountain biking.|
|15km from Kudat-Kota Marudu highway|
|2)||INDARASON BEACH mountain biking.|
|10km from Bawang Gazo|
|3)||LIMOU LIMOUAN BEACH mountain biking.|
|20km from Kudat to Kota Marudu highway|
|4)||TORONGKONGON BEACH mountain biking.|
|5.5km from Kg Minyak|
|5)||BANGAU BEACH mountain biking.|
|6km from Kg Bangau|
|6)||TANJUNG SIMPANG MENGAYAU via KG BANGAU mountain biking.|
|24km from Kg Bangau|
|7)||KUDAT to TANGJUNG SIMPANG MENGAYAU mountain biking.|
|32km from Kudat Golf and Marina Resort.|
WHAT TO SEE, WHAT TO EXPACT and WHAT ARE THE ATTRACTION
|1)||TERINGKAI BEACH MOUNTAIN BIKING|
Start from the Kudat to Kota Marudu highway, you will be going for an offroad mountain biking with some hills. It is quite hot and you will be going through some oil palm plantation. Seeing a few Rungus villages mainly not longhouses but still traditional type of palm leaves houses. You will then reach to a hilly green green grassland looks so spectacular. With few trees, it looks like the Salem high country where wind blowing onto the grass moving like sea waves. Across this hilly grassland, you will reach to one of the most beautiful beach in Sabah, the Teringkai Beach. White sandy, brue sea and charming sound of the sea wind will bring you into its paradise. What a challenge to reach to this wonderland by 15km of mountain biking. You can swim and have your picnic lunch there.
|2)||INDARASON BEACH MOUNTAIN BIKING|
Coming to Bawang Gazo at Kg Tinangol, stay a night. Experiencing the rich cultural life of the Rungus and what shall you do if you decide to stay another night at Bawang Gazo?? In fact, why not mountain biking from this longhouse to a fishing village called Kg Indarason where there is a beautiful beach called Indarason Beach that you can swim. The route going to Kg Indarason is offroad and easy to mountain bike. With some hills and through some villages where you can see more of the Rungus cultural life. In Kg Indarason, you will be going to see another different ethnic group called Illanum. They are the fishermen and are very freindly people. Buying some fishes from the Illanum, you can have the BBQ fishes for your lunch. Then, you can mountain biking back to Bawang Gazo in the afternoon. The distance from Bawang Gazo to Indarason Beach is 10km and a return journey will take 20km.
|3)||LIMOU LIMOUAN BEACH MOUNTAIN BIKING|
Limou Limouan Beach is not as good as the other beaches facing South China Sea as most areas here are filled with mangrove trees. However, to start mountain biking from the Kudat to Kota Marudu highway into Limou Limouan, you will be most enjoying as it is going through a new highway which is at this moment under construction. Not too hilly with a lot of Rungus villages and high on the ridge, you can see the spectacular Marudu Bay. With a distance of about 20km, you can easily mountain bike 4 hours. Not really to have beach fun but you can stay and see the lifestyle of the famous Illanum fishermen. Have a lunch in their home will allow us to help this poor fishermen.
|4)||TORONGKONGON BEACH MOUNTAIN BIKING|
This beach is facing South China Sea and the nearest village where tourists can homestay a night is Kg Minyak not far from the Kudat-Kota Marudu highway. This is a 5.5km of offroad mountain biking from Kg Minyak through some villages and underneath tall coconuts trees where finally you will reach to a beautiful beach. You can swim and not necessary to have picnic lunch here as because you can return to Kg Minyak through mountain biking.
|5)||BANGAU BEACH MOUNTAIN BIKING|
Semilarly from the Kudat-Kota Marudu highway, you will start mountain biking from Kg Bangau through offroad to its beautiful beach. Here you can see some rice field with some Chinese old houses. With just a mountain biking distance of about 6km, you can stay at the beach for some relaxation. Further mountain biking can proceed to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.
|6)||TANJUNG SIMPANG MENGAYAU via KG BANGAU|
From the Bangau beach, you can further mountain biking on the offroad across some coconuts plantation coming to the highway from Kudat going to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. There is no hills and you can reach to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau easily. Along the offroad especially at Kg Tajau, you can see a lot of abandon Chinese houses.When the first Chinese immigrants coming from China landed in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, most of them turned into farmers and stayed there. Eventually when they moved further into the towns and city, they left their house abandon. The archetectural designs of the Chinese houses in the earlier day were very unique. The total distance from Kg Bangau to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is about 24km. For those who wish to mountain biking on their returning to Kudat, they can proceed on a different way.
|7)||KUDAT to TANJUNG SIMPANG MENGAYAU|
If you are staying at Kudat Golf and Marina Resort; why not a mountain biking to the Tip Of Borneo through a challenging way. From the town of Kudat, you will mountain biking to the Kudat airport on bitumined road. You will then proceed mountain biking across some small hills to the section where offroad start. In the journey, you will mostly be attracted by the coconuts plantation and seeing some Chinese old houses. Towards Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, there is a long sandy white beach called Kalambunian Beach where a lot will do picnic there. Finally mountain biking to the Tip Of Borneo which in total, it covered a distance of 32km.
THERE ARE 2 ADVENTURE ROUTES FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING IN KUDAT AND SERIOUSLY IT’S TOUGH, SCENIC AND ADVENTUROUS.
A) ADVENTURE MOUNTAIN BIKING IN KUDAT
|1)||KUDAT TOWN-BAK BAK BEACH-WHITE SANDY BEACH-SUANGPAI BEACH-KELAMPUNIAN BEACH-KELUMBU BEACH-KIMEHENG BEACH-KG TAJAU-PINANGSOO-KUDAT TOWN.|
The total distance would be about 80km. This is an adventurous mountain biking route where you may need a back up vehicle to carry water, pack lunch and most properly if you are not able to complete the mountain biking, you can just get up to the vehicle and go back to Kudat. You will start from Kudat town from where you stay all the way going through the journey with the visit of all the major beaches in Kudat. The mountain biking route can be on the main road and after Bak Bak Beach, it will be offroad to Kimeheng. Coming back will be on the offroad too to Kg Tajau. This will be a whole day of mountain biking which can be a 5 to 6 hours.
|2)||BAWANG GAZO-INDARASON-TERINGKAI-MATUNGGUNG-GOMBIZOU-SUMANGKAP-BAWANG GAZO|
This route is indeed very challenging as it goes through a lot of uphill and downhill in the Rungus countryside. You will be visiting one of the most beautiful beach in Kudat i.e Teringkai Beach. Then, from Teringkai, you will be coming out to the Kota Marudu-Kudat Highway proceeding to Kg Gombizou, Kg Sumangkap and back to Kg Bawang Gazo where each of this village, you will see the successful project of the Sabah Tourism called One Village One Industry for the local Rungus communities to participate in the tourism industry. The total distance for this route is also about 80km and this can indeed be a full day of mountain biking.
B) EXTREME MOUNTAIN BIKING IN KUDAT
As for EXTREME mountain biking in Kudat, this will be a racing mountain biking event which we will develop in the coming future.