Welcome to Pulau Banggi
If you want to fall off the map, head to Pulau Banggi, 40km northeast of Kudat where the Sulu and South China Seas meet. The Banggi people, known locally for their unusual tribal tree houses, are Sabah's smallest indigenous group, and speak a unique non-Bornean dialect. The island itself is unimpressive, with a trash-strewn main fishing settlement and beach and little else. However, you can negotiate with fishers to take you to the stunning, nearby Pulau Maliangin, a small island that really is a postcard-esque slice of sand, tropical trees and clear water – the snorkelling is excellent here, but you have to bring your own gear. Further out, and pricier to reach, is Pulau Balambangan, another beautiful island with 12 impressive caves, one of which you can explore.