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.
Part view of Kunak town
Grand 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.
Road 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 Jetty where most of fishing boats moors
Another view at Kunak Jetty
Fishing boats at jetty
A fishing boat approaching the jetty
A sea view at Kunak. Indonesian islands at the background
Kunak Community Hall
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.