With its sunburnt buildings, fishing boats on the bay and slow tropical pace, Kudat may grow on you. Believe it or not, sleepy Kudat used to be an important trading post and capital of Borneo back in the late 19th century. You may notice some of the streets have Chinese names, harking back to the British administration's request to the Chinese to come and run its coconut plantations. Many of their descendants are still here today, along with a warm cast of Bajau, Rungus and Filipino.
Kudat town's impressive Chinese temple by the main square is worth a look, or you might visit Tamu Kudat (market) with its tropical fruits, dried fish and edible seaweed. For travellers without their own wheels, Kudat is just the jumping-off point for visiting Tip of Borneo, but once the ferry service to the Philippines commences, the town may become more popular.