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North Borneo Biostation

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Bak Bak, Mile 7, Kudat T: (0108) 037 310

North Borneo Biostation

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Amid a grove of coconut palms, North Borneo Biostation offers comfortable chalets in a get-away-from-it-all location on Bak Bak Beach near the Tip of Borneo.

Twenty A-frame wooden chalets with tasteful natural wood interiors are equipped with air-con, a small fridge and a safe. King or twin beds offer comfort with quality linen. The ensuite all wood hot-water bathroom is semi-outdoor style and streams with sunlight. Private verandas appointed with rattan furniture are just right for catching the sea breeze. The chalets are arranged in rows and only a few offer sea views, but they are worth paying the extra 30 ringgit for.

Could you suffer these views?

Could you suffer these views? Photo: Sally Arnold

A spacious outdoor restaurant overlooks the sea and serves Malay, Chinese and Western cuisine, specialising in seafood. They also offer a fully stocked bar.

A path leads to the “private” beach with clear water and beautiful rock formations, not unlike those at the Tip of Borneo. North Borneo Biostation offer diving and boat trips as well as other activities. Bikes, kayaks and snorkelling equipment are available for hire.

A place to forget about the rest of the world for a little while.

A place to forget about the rest of the world for a little while. Photo: Sally Arnold

The owners are scientists, and the Biostation part of the name refers to a simple research lab that's part of the resort and is open to visiting scientists. So if that’s you, you’re welcome to plug in your bunsen burner and bring your petri dishes. Free WiFi is offered, but the signal is terrible, and phone network is patchy too, so it's perfect for an unplugged retreat.

North Borneo Biostation is a 30-minute drive from Kudat town. There’s no public transport but a taxi is about 50 ringgit. If you don’t have your own transport, you’ll be a bit stuck and reliant on the resort’s restaurant, as there’s nothing else around—bring snacks to stock up your minibar. However being “a bit stuck” and “unplugged” in the middle of nowhere may be just the ticket if you’re looking for a relaxing retreat. North Borneo Biostation offers better value than the beachside hotels at the Tip of Borneo.

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Walk-in rates at North Borneo Biostation

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
180 ringgit
180 ringgit
Seaview: 210 ringgit.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 180 ringgit, high season 180 ringgit. Notes: Seaview: 210 ringgit.

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Where is North Borneo Biostation

North Borneo Biostation
Bak Bak, Mile 7, Kudat
T: (0108) 037 310
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º49'46.38" E, 6º57'45.82" N
Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit

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