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The best of sight, sound and taste in Kudat

Published on: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The best of sight, sound and taste can be packed into one coming weekend trip to Kudat for the June 20-21 Tip of Borneo Sunset Music Fest 2014.

For sight, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau will wow any first timer, and even repeaters for that matter, for a its breathtaking view.

For sound, the music from some big names is most likely going to deliver some magic moments.

For taste, do people know Kudat produce the best Blue crabs, and other seafood?

Visit the Kudat market in the morning, it's just filled with an abundance of fresh local fruits.

So, those who have never fancied Kudat, they can literally kill three birds with one stone. To see the tip of Borneo alias Tanjung Simpang Megayau first time is WOWÉyou are likely to exclaim.

Sight of the breathtaking view of the Kalampunian beach and two crystal clear seas - South China and Sulu Seas - from atop the dramatic headland is most likely to declare an unreserved WOW!

Well, its stunning scenic beauty at it apex somehow validates the high reputation of Borneo as the third largest island in the world, after Green Land and Papua New Guniea. If you have the lady's luck of a perfect cloudless weather, a stunning sunset is almost certain.

Then what you hear may go right into your heart, raise the human spirit and inspiration sky high. If that's what Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd had purposed to do by bringing in the Phil Pops Orchestra from music-savvy Philippines, rated high in terms of calibre pop and classical musicians, who are most likely to get ears rooted, before backing the magic vocals of top notch Malaysian lyrical soprano, Syafinaz Selamat, to raise the enjoyment of the sound of music and human voice to a crescendo, and hopefully and quite likely too, the slew of local artistes and bands with big credentials behind their names - Rosario Ninih, Rhythm of Borneo, Den Bisa, Joe Balanjiu Jr, Francis Landong, Gedion Hilarius, Gee Mojina, Christopher Aban, Rey Kimara, Fingerstyle, will add to the liking of ears.

Then taste Kudat - which is one real heck of a seafood haven.

In fact, Kudat is the most famous Blue crab producing area in Sabah, not to mention lobsters, reef fish, because beyond the tip of Borneo, what you see right in front of you is the proposed million-hectare Tun Mustapha Marine Park, because this sea is known for being part of the highest global marine biodiversity in the world and hence marked out by international marine scientists as a key Priority Conservation Area (PCA) under the 5-milllion sq km Coral "Triangle Initiative which Malaysia is a signatory country, together with the Philippines, Indonesia, Solomon Island, Timor Leste and Papua New Guninea.

This is the a much bigger resource picture of Kudat that the Sunset Music Fest actually projects, and Sabahans should realize it.

Contact either Jusliah Ghani or Jaudah Yamsir at the Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel 088-232121 during office hours or 013-8504003 (Sitti) or 013-8155008 (Fran) or 0198812236 (Susan) or 0138559646 (Alleviana).

For those who want day trip only, return transportation is available on both days for ticket holders at only RM10.

Bus leaves at the Sabah Tourism Board Office in Gaya Street at 2pm sharp but reservation is required.