K a b a n s a y a n
Legend has it that a long time ago, a ship from China arrived at the shores of Kuala Penyu and docked near the Sitompok river estuary. The sailors were excited to see so many turtles, and so the name kuala penyu (turtle estuary) was given to this new place.
Some people think that what they saw were actually round stones that looked like turtles, but the main belief is that this was once a favourite place for turtles to land and lay their eggs.
Kuala Penyu is a gem waiting to be discovered. There are 80km of beaches waiting for feet to tread on them, and the waters for people to swim in them. Imagine yourself walking on a deserted beach with a gentle breeze blowing, or soaking up the sun on a beach all your own!
The most exciting part is that these are the same beaches where the Hawksbill turtles come to nest. Kuala Penyu is the only place on the West Coast of Sabah that has turtles coming to lay eggs on the beaches. Who knows - you may very well be the next lucky person to discover a batch of turtle eggs that will later turn into hatchlings!
Kuala Penyu offers the freshest seafood - fish, prawns, crabs, cuttlefish - with catches as recent as that morning itself. And the good news is that even though the seafood is fresh, they are very much affordable! There are more than 20 restaurants and foodstalls to chose from, with menus ranging from local, Malay and Chinese cuisine. Which means that if you are an adventurous person, you can try eating ambuyat (sago) instead of rice with a spicy dip, or eat nasi lemak for breakfast or have steamed fish at any time while you are here.
You will feel very much welcomed here as the locals are tourist-friendly. They are warm, polite and courteous. You will only need to smile to start a conversation going! One comment that is always heard is that the people here are 'hospitable, ' and they are indeed.
But as the saying goes - 'you'll never know until you have tried it'.
Come and visit us soon!
WHERE WE ARE :
Topography and Climate
Kuala Penyu is located on the Klias Peninsula. There are long stretches of sandy
beaches (80 km) along the coast, facing the South China sea ...
The population of 18,958 comprise mainly of Dusun Tatana (32%), Bisaya (28%),
Brunei (26%), Bajau (6%), Kedayan (5%) ...
Religion & Culture
The main festive celebrations observed by people in the district include Kaamatan,
Aidil Fitri, Christmas and Chinese New Year ...
Places of Interest
Rumbia Information Center, Klias Wetlands, Garama Wetlands, Pulau Tiga, Sitompok Lake ...
Places to eat
There are more than 20 eating places in Kuala Penyu town ...
People in Kuala Penyu enjoy eating natually growing vegetables like the ‘titidong’ ...
While hotel-type accommodation in Kuala Penyu is still lacking, there are a number
of privately owned accommodation available ...
Roads & Transportation
The road system is of good standard and roads in all towns and almost all villages are tarred
with bitumen ...
Distances and Approximate Travel Time by Car
Kuala Penyu – Kota Kinabalu : 135 km (2 hours) ...
Pesta Rumbia (Sago Festival), 2nd weekend of July
Odou Bakanjar (Tradition Day), Chinese New Year period ...
Hawksbill Turtle Hatchlings Release
Kuala Penyu is at present experiencing exciting times. Three batches of turtle eggs were successfully hatched within the last one year, from eggs found on the beaches by villagers ...
The legend of Batu Nousung (Cursed Rock) - Sawangan Beach
Batu Payau, Batu Kuyuk (Deer Rock, Dog Rock) -Tanjung Sawangan Beach
The Unfortunate Bride - Batu Luang Beach