Kudat is a small town located in the northern part of Sabah. It is the administrative centre of Kudat District which is populated mostly by Rungus people. In the 19th Century Kudat was a thriving port and trading post.
The town was officially established in 1882 by the North Borneo Chartered Company and used to be the capital of Sabah. It was also one of the first places in Sabah to attract settlers from China. Most of these pioneer settlers where Hakka.
Today Kudat is famous for its Rungus longhouses, picturesque coastline, handicrafts, great seafood and Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the Tip of Borneo.
Kudat is located approximately 190 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu (KK). It takes around 3 hours to drive from KK to Kudat. The area is a popular beach destination for Sabahans. Accommodation at the picturesque beaches mostly consists of budget beach huts and mid-range chalets. There are also a few luxury villas such as the Kudat Riveria development and Hibiscus Villa.