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Location

Kudat is one of the few places in Malaysian Borneo where one can get hauled. The small city is a friendly place with dozens of small restaurants and seemingly almost as many small Chinese run hardware stores. The nearby golf club is extremely cruiser friendly and cruisers recommend it as a great place to eat within walking distance of the boatyard.

See comment on water pests here at bottom of page.

Location 06° 53.5'N, 116° 51.45'E.

Clearance

Clearance can be done here and all the offices are within walking distance.

The Immigration and Customs offices are on the waterfront, between the Milimewa store and the Police Wharf. In April 2013 Immigration for visiting yachts was managed from a white demountable building within the Police Wharf, just next to Customs. The Jabatan Laut (Harbourmaster) is located on the second floor of a building just behind the Chinese Temple – locals will point it out for you. Very helpful.

Note the new update to the restrictions on visas. See Malaysia/Immigration.

No clearance charges reported.

Last updated July 2013.

Docking

It is best to enter in the morning before the swell builds up as there are reefs each side of the entrance. This is a good place to leave a boat ashore.

Anchoring
In Kudat there are two possible berthing options.

1: Anchorage Basin with Marina

One, is a small anchorage basin with excellent shelter, inside a wall with a small marina facility - "Marina Jetty Kudat".

Alternatively anchor stern-to the wall and use as long a chain as you can.

There is a hotel close by ("Marina Hotel") with a restaurant and bar and Wi-Fi. Penuwasa boat yard with a travelift for up to 150T (Tel: 60 88 614325) is also in the basin. Dinghies can be parked at the floating army dock in the southern corner – there is a permanent army camp there, so it is reasonably secure.  

2: Anchoring opposite Town

The other anchorage is opposite the town. You can drop West of the main jetty (N 06-52-674 and E 116-50-582) and leave your dinghy near the ferry terminal anchoring it from the stern. This jetty is walking distance to the market, supermarket etc.  In good conditions anchoring off the town Esplanade is possible.

There are however many fishing boats near the ferry terminal which make the access with a dinghy difficult. It may be preferable to go for the W side of the main jetty which has an access with stairs, making the dinghy's access easy with the tides. (2+m). Furthermore the main jetty is controlled by Police which makes it very safe.

An alternative anchorage is to drop on the same latitude but E 116-51-293. This anchorage is better protected against the fresh SW wind and is near the "waterfront" where there are good seafood restaurants. Again, walking distance from banks, shopping etc.

Security
Thefts and boardings have been reported from boats anchored off the town in August 2011. If leaving your boat unattended on the hard, be aware that thefts were reported from boats here in August 2011 and again in February 2013.

Last updated March 2014.

Marina Jetty Kudat
Next to the Kudat Golf Club Marina Resort
Tel:088-616298
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 8:30-17:30
Pontoons for 30-40 boats up to a maximum of 12-13 metres. Facilities include water on the dock, restrooms with showers, upstairs outdoor lounge, indoor a/c area with book exchange and wi-fi. Manager is Adam Wong. Cruisers report that some of the pontoons are unstable, especially during very low tide. See comments about this marina at bottom of page.

pwstrand
pwstrand says:
Feb 06, 2014 07:14 AM

Marina Jetty Kudat next to the Kudat Golf Club Marina Resort is now fully operational. It is a well run facility and the office staff are very helpful. Office is open M-Sa 8:30-5:30. The facility includes water on the dock, restrooms with showers, a large upstairs outdoor covered deck with tables for gatherings, a large a/c room with tables and book exchange,and wi-fi in all public areas. Currently a caretaker lives in a room by the entrance who closes the front gates at night to vehicles. The rates are 800RM per month per boat in the marina. Weekly and daily rates are available. Boats tied to the wall pay 400RM for use of the facilities and dingy tie-up. The marina is clean and safe. The owners are very accommodating to cruisers and even hosted a grand Chinese New Year party on Feb 2 complete with lunch and a lion dance. Email: J-D_marinakudat@outlook.com and phone: 088-616298. Manager is Adam Wong

atsea93
atsea93 says:
Mar 31, 2014 01:33 PM

Marina Jettyis open,however it is really only suitable for boats upto 40ft and i would not leave the boat for any length of time,the marina was never built correctly from the start,the pylons were never rammed in,and are still moveable,the pontoons are small and are unstable the cleats were also never securely bolted in,there are lights now but no power for the boats unless you have a very long extension lead,this is an ok spot for a few days ? if it blows up i think they will have a problem,and the staff have no idea of boats including Adam Wong, so if there is a problem make sure your there !! also they have no insurance, boats on anchor should not pay until moorings are in place ? and the marina buys a boat to assist to back tie,there are many local boats also at anchor that are not paying!! most are not secured very well and often break loose, so be aware !!!!

atsea93
atsea93 says:
Jul 18, 2014 10:54 AM

WOULD LIKE TO ADVISE PEOPLE THAT BOX JELLY FISH ARE VERY COMMON IN THE POND AND (2 ) 1.5 metre CROCS HAVE BEEN SEEN RECENTLY, STILL SMALL BUT STILL AROUND SO WHO KNOWS ?? ALOT OF PEOPLE JUMP IN UNAWARE OF ANY DANGERS AT ALL, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!!!!!!!!!!

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