Photo: The tip of Borneo.

How to get to and from Kudat

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Kudat’s tiny airport (KUD) was built during World War II by the Japanese using forced labour from Indonesia. The original airfield makes up part of today’s expanded runway. MASwings connects Kudat to Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Kudat’s minbus terminal is in the western part of town, not far from Hotel Ria. Minivans and share taxis depart when full. You can also charter taxis to the tip of Borneo here for 50 ringgit one way. Larger buses arrive and depart close to Milimewa supermarket. Salam Bumimas Bus departs twice daily at 09:30 and 14:00 to Kota Kinabalu (25 ringgit, 3 hours) passing Kota Belud (15 ringgit, 1.5 hours). And to Sandakan at 09:45 (60 ringgit, 8 hours).

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Ferries to Banggi Island depart from Kudat daily at 09:00 and 14:30, and return from Banggi daily at 08:00 and 14:00. Business class: 28 ringgit; first class: 23 ringgit; economy class: 20 ringgit. Economy class seats are in the bowels of the boat, and it may be safer to cough up the extra ringgit for a top level business class seat. The ferry takes about one and a quarter hours for the 35 kilometre journey. The ticket office in Kudat on Jalan Lo Thien Chok near the port, is open daily 07:30-16:30. The ticket office in Banggi is on the wharf and open about an hour before departure. You’ll need your passport, and it’s best to buy tickets early.

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