Oh my gosh, we have just returned to Kota Kinabalu from absolute heaven on the Tip of Borneo.
It's Borneo's northern-most point at Simpang Mengayau, on the Kudat Peninsula. It's beautiful, tranquil, untouched and not-yet on the tourist map.
In the evening you can watch the sun set over the South China Sea and in the morning wake up and watch it rise again over the Sulu Sea. It is simply stunning.
We stayed at Merrimas Villa - beautiful little bamboo chalets on the Sulu Sea and a two minute walk to the gorgeous South China Sea. The rooms are large and comfortable with TV, fridge, tea and coffee making and bathroom with hot water shower. Ours had this beautiful view of the Sulu Sea.
Cleaning and fresh towels are provided daily - just hang the little sweeping sign on your door!
The restaurant serves the most delicious seafood dishes for between $3 to $6 Aussie dollars - and it has a great western menu too so you can have noodles for brekky one day and french toast and an omelette the next. Oh and beer, it serves Tiger beer and there is a little bar a walk away down the road if you feel like moving around. But you won't! You'll just want to lay in the hammocks or on the beach and just try to absorb the calm and and the beauty.
The beach - oh my gosh - I have never seen such beautiful clear water and white white sand, and no one else around. We had the beach all to ourselves except for a fisherman on the second day who took his boat out past the reef in the morning.
There was lovely snorkelling just a few metres out on patches of coral, with lots of coloured fish - and apparently there's diving just off the point...if you want to do something strenuous!
It is so peaceful and beautiful and calm. I think you should go there...NOW!!
Check out our post on Top Things to do with kids in Borneo
Emmie and I travelled as guests of Sabah Tourism.