A visit to Kudat is not complete if you don’t take the opportunity to visit The Tip of Borneo or well-knowned by its local name Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. Historically, according to Rungus folklore Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is the site where a fierce battle fought by their forefather defending the Rungus terretory against invading pirates from the north. It was claimed that pirates often frequent the area around the Tip of Borneo, attacking and looting villagers who live nearby.
The Rungus community who live around the area decided to join forces to
defend themselves. The site was named ‘Sampang Mangazo’ as this is the ideal place to spot and observe the arrival of pirates and foreign ships. The brave Rungus warrior stood guard here and kept the pirates away.
This dramatic headland is situated in the northern-most tip of BORNEO island, the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is located in the Kudat Peninsula, about three and a half hours (or 215 kilometres) 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 breathtaking view. The sunsets and full moons are just beautiful and here is the perfect place to see beautiful sunsets. 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”.
There is a cafe, souvenir shop and washrooms.
Entrance Fees: It is free for public. You don’t have to pay a single cent.
Getting there (from Kota Kinabalu)
You can go there by taxi, self-drive or with a tour agent. Four-wheel drives and saloon cars with permits are stationed near the Indian Restaurant opposite the Health Clinic in Kampung Air. Four-wheel drives can take between 7-8 passengers at RM20.00 – RM25.00 per pax return, while saloon cars take up to 4 passengers and charge RM240.00 for a return trip to Simpang Mengayau. Check with the Car Rental services for their charges.
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