~ Kabansayan -
Thank you for visiting this website.
Kuala Penyu is indeed a gem waiting to be discovered. So few people know about the beautiful and unspoilt beaches that stretch for 80km from one end to the other. Tour companies bring bus loads of tourists to Pulau Tiga (Tiga Island) every week. They are brought right to the Kuala Penyu town jetty to disembark and are again picked up from the same place. These visitors therefore never get a glimpse of the real Kuala Penyu. They never get to meet the locals or know the culture, or explore the other beaches - which is such a pity.
The locals - whichever ethnic group they belong - are all exceptionally friendly people who will at once make you feel welcomed. The 'tamu' (open market where buyers and sellers meet) is the best place to experience this. If you arrive on a Monday, you can visit the tamu in the evening or the morning of Tuesday. You will not only find the freshest produce there, but you will also meet the most variety of the local inhabitants (the locals are of the Tatana, Bisaya, Brunei, Bajau, Kedayan ethnic groups).
Most of our guests say that they can only dream of going to beaches with very few people on them. Here in Kuala Penyu is where that dream comes true, because there is hardly anyone on the beaches wherever you go. And there is a chance that as you walk along the beach, you may spot some strange tracks leading to a covered mound of sand. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they turned out to be made by a turtle come to lay eggs?
Since food is also important, we would like to assure you that there are many choices of eating places. Most people opt for seafood since it is fresh and reasonably priced, but if you prefer self-catering, guests of Sawangan Beach Lodge can use the kitchennette. This way you have control over your budget and your diet. If you have your own transportation, you may do your shopping at the local market place for fresh vegetables and fruits etc. If not, we can send you to town to do your marketting.
On the topic of transportation, we highly recommend hiring a car or motorbike from Kota Kinabalu (there are none for hire in Kuala Penyu). Car hire is available at the Kota Kinabalu International airport, motorbike from the city centre. Since the beaches get better the further you go, and the shops and restaurants are 10 mins away (by car), it would be a very good idea to have your own transportation so that you can come and go as you please.
So if you're planning your next trip, consider visiting us. Come and experience the tranquility and hospitality of Kuala Penyu. Life here is quiet and slow-paced - some say it is very good for the body and soul, especially when you've had a long and hectic trip and need a holiday from your holiday! Stay for a few days - lie on the beach, eat a leisurely meal at a sea side restaurant, watch the sun setting, or, if you're an early riser, the sun rising. By the time you leave, you'd be refreshed and ready to continue with your journey.
If there's anything else you'd like to know that's not covered here, we'd happy to answer you.
And it would be our pleasure to host you.
Vicky and Ejon Migin
Sawangan Beach Lodge (website : www.sawanganbeach.com)
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