Pantai Kalampunian is the long stretch of beach that ends at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau where the Tip of Borneo is located. Distance from Kudat town is estimated at about 40 kilometres by driving northwest through remote villages and coconut plantations. As the route is unpaved at parts, the journey through the gravel road is often slow and frustrating, and may take close to an hour from Kudat town.
In general, Kudat is located some 3 hours to the north of Kota Kinabalu. It is best to rent a car from Kota Kinabalu for a self-drive tour to Kudat and its vicinity. Otherwise, the only option to get to various tourist attractions in Kudat is by chartered tours which are not exactly economical and does not offer travel flexibility.
The first sight of Pantai Kalampunian is utterly surreal. Miles and miles of white sandy beach complemented by azure-blue and crystal-clear ocean are probably not enough to describe the overwhelming sight that is presented to me en route to the Tip of Borneo.
After doing the obligatory tourist stuff at the Tip of Borneo, I make a point to stop at Pantai Kalampunian to digest the heavenly beach view. The waters off the beach are truly crystal-clear, an attribute often associated with off-the-beaten-path islands in Semporna. Make no mistake, Pantai Kalampunian is a mainland beach but it posses an idyllic quality that can easily put any island beaches to shame.
Standing along the fringe of the turquoise-blue waters, I start to count my blessing to finally be able to see, up close and personal, the very beach that has made Kudat famous. Until recently, Kudat beaches are relatively unknown among the travel fraternities, but I suppose that will soon change as more and more people flocking to the famous Tip of Borneo, passing through the amazing beauty that is Pantai Kalampunian along their way.
At the moment, there is no immediate structure built along the beach, but that is about to change. A construction for a small esplanade is underway at a section of the beach to provide benches, pavilions and probably some gift shops. In fact, there are already a number of roadside stalls operated by the locals selling sea shells collected from the surrounding area and are great for souvenirs to bring home.
Pantai Kalampunian is a true testament of beautiful beaches that Kudat has to offer.
Hands down, the most beautiful beach in mainland Sabah. Do make a point to stop here when going or returning from Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.