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Kunak, Sabah


Kunak is a small town located in Tawau Division, east coast of Sabah. It was formerly a sub-district administered under the Lahad Datu District Office, but achieved its status as a full district on 1 June, 1981.

p4010142bPart view of Kunak town

grand-mosque-kunakGrand Mosque of Kunak

Its population was estimated at 48,571 in 2000. The population is mainly Bajau and Bugis.


There is also a sizeable Chinese population, involved in the running of most shops in the town. Many are also landowners who cultivate oil palms.

kunak-road-leading-jettyRoad leading to Kunak Fishing jetty

A jetty is situated about 2 km from the town, in an area named Pengkalan Kunak. A single road lined by wooden shophouses leads to the jetty and wet market.

kunak-fishing-jettyKunak Jetty where most of fishing boats moors

kunak-fishing-jetty2Another view at Kunak Jetty

kunak-fishing-boatsFishing boats at jetty

kunak-fishing-boat2A fishing boat approaching the jetty

kunak-sea-viewA sea view at Kunak.  Indonesian islands at the background 

kunak-community-hallKunak Community Hall 

kunak-hospitalHospital Kunak

In 2002, a 76-bed government hospital was built in the town. At around the same time, a new highway linking Kunak to the town of Semporna was also open.

Danum Valley Conservation Area and Madai Caves are the other popular tourist places that worth to visit beside Mataking Island.



26 responses to “Kunak, Sabah

  1. Bahri Lakile January 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Cikgu Paul Tiskus,

    I’m one of your ex-student (science), and I can’t forget you especially your famous quote, ” Ada Otak, Ada Mata, Ada Buku Teks….. MEMBACA”….. ha..ha…ha…

  2. Ziey'la Jeela December 17, 2011 at 3:08 am

    i love kunak soo muchhhhh..<3<3<3

  3. mamadou September 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Menillo
    I suggest to take hotel in Tawau instead as Kunak do not have a decent One

  4. Menillo Calderon September 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

    We are planning to visit kunak as couple 2 adults anyone can recommend hotel accomodations in kunak. we hope to hear from you.

  5. mamadou July 18, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Hi Mazlan.
    How are you? You can fly direct to Tawau en route to Kunak with Malaysian Airline or Air Asia. There is none hotel worth to stay (* rated) but there are many of its in Tawau
    Thank you

  6. Mazlan Mohamed Anuar July 18, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I intend to travel to Kunak late this year. Can someone recommend me how to get there. Where shall I disembark if I were to fly from Kota Kinabalu, is it nearer to Lahad Datu of Tawau? Is there any hotel in Kunak worth staying?
    Thank you.


  7. mamadou July 15, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Dear Delwin

    Oh I see, you are from Kunak. I love Kunak too

  8. delwin bin delman July 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    i love kunak…tempat yang terbaik dan aman damai sekali,kaya dengan pelbagai sumber makanan….tanah tumpahnya darahku……………………….

  9. mamadou July 12, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Dear Paul.

    That was my first visit to Kunak. Its seems that development takes place slowly but surely at Kunak. The lifestyle has not change too much with the physical development. A good place to live, abundant of nature and natural items.

    Would you like to come again to visit Kunak? Visit to the beautiful Sipadan and Mataking islands?
    Thank you

  10. Paul Tiskus July 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Hello: I was an American Peace Corps Volunteer in Kunak from 1980 to 1982 teaching at SMK Kunak. Now, almost 30 years ago, I still have many fond memories of the places and people of Kunak. Thank you for the pictures and the memories – Kunak has changed a lot since then!

  11. erwina June 22, 2010 at 7:02 am

    so happy u merriat yes!!!!!!

  12. abang us August 18, 2009 at 6:06 am

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee kunakkkkkkkkkkkk

  13. en_me August 17, 2009 at 1:14 am

    salam mama itteww.. nice info about kunak town.. yes, me notice ‘kancil’ is everywhere..

  14. mamadou May 10, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Dear Jack

    How are you? Good to know that you were from Kunak. Kunak is a good place to live after a busy life in the big city.
    Thanks for your remarks.

  15. Jack May 10, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I come from this place and it has changed over the years. I miss going home 🙂

  16. Tagap May 8, 2009 at 2:15 am

    way u think kunak is in kalimantan too ?

  17. mamadou May 7, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Dear Mat Salo.

    How are you? Hope you doing well. I was in Kunak on 1st April 2009. Not long ago.
    Very true, the scenery identical. Anyway, Kunak is in Kalimantan too.


  18. Mat Salo May 7, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Mantep foto nya Pak!

    When did you visit this place, Pak?

    Pemandanganannya kayak di Kalimantan Timur aja… he hee…

  19. I Shed Thirty Póunds in Only a Month May 6, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Hi, cool post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for sharing. I’ll probably be subscribing to your blog. Keep up the good work

  20. mamadou May 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Dear KBGuy

    Me too. I like the scenery.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  21. kbguy May 4, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I love the photos of the sea view with fishing boats and the jetty. Beautiful !

  22. mamadou April 29, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Assalamualaikum Uncle Awang.

    Yeah. Seafood the real attraction, cheap and so fresh


  23. Awang April 29, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Great picture !!.
    Seafood must be cheap here??town look peacefully & good for weekenders.

  24. mamadou April 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Assalamu’alaikum Pak Fathersez

    I also just curious to know what the urbanites think and experiemce the life in Kunak.

    To me its so good, laidback, quiet, peace etc.

    Thanks for your visit and thought

  25. fathersez April 28, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Salam, Pak,

    Great pictures! Actually some of them could have been taken in Kudat, the similarities are so striking.

    I have been to Tawau, many years ago, but that was before the blogging fever…hehe.

    I wonder how a KLite would feel after 5 days in a place like Kunak.


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