Hibiscus Beach Retreat is perfectly located for the simple pleasures in life: sun, sand and sea. You can also explore some of the best beaches in Sabah and visit the Tip of Borneo, passing through villages and the stunning 3km long beach of Pantai Kalampunian.

We provide snorkelling equipment (for two) free of charge and have mountain bikes available for hire (MYR 50 per day).

We can arrange a number of activities for you during your stay, offering you the chance to learn more about the daily life of the Rungus tribe and experience the sights and sounds of the jungle and its wildlife.

Things to do when visiting

Scuba Diving

Go Scuba diving with a PADI certified dive master. Discover Scuba Diving courses available. Includes all equipment.


You can explore the tropical waters in front of Hibiscus Beach Retreat and snorkeling equipment is available to use for free. Organised snorkeling trips to a nearby island are available.

Surfing and Body Boarding

At certain times, the beach at the Tip of Borneo is a great place for surfing. Equipment can be hired from an outlet at the Tip of Borneo.

Mountain Biking

A great way to explore the local area. We have 2 mountain bikes available for rental.

Jungle Trekking

Get out and enjoy an early morning jungle trek. A number of trails have been set up within easy reach from Hibiscus Beach Retreat and a guide can explain the different medicinal and edible plants on the way.

Mangrove River Cruise

A chance to see proboscis monkeys and other mangrove creatures in a very unique environment. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a superbly relaxing adventure, a 10 minutes’ drive from Hibiscus Beach Retreat.


Head out to the South China or Sulu Sea on a small boat with an experienced local.

Jungle Survival Course

An instructor takes you through the basics of survival, teaching you the necessary skills you will need to survive in a jungle environment.

Overnight Stay in the Jungle

If you want to experience a night in the jungle, this is the perfect opportunity. Trek for 3 hours before setting up your hammock right next to a stream with a great pool to swim / wash in. Cook your own dinner.

Rungus Museum

The traditions and culture of the local Rungus people can be explained by a visit to a recently opened museum.

A Day with a Local

If getting to know how the local Rungus people live, work and survive is of interest to you, why not spend a day or half day with a local. Activities can include rice planting, rubber tapping, foreshore seafood foraging, rice de-husking, collecting coconuts, preparing coconuts for selling, fishing with hand nets. All activities are seasonal and dependent on the locals being able to take you with them.

Organised activities are via a third party provider and subject to availability.

Things to do within a 30 minutes drive from Hibiscus Beach Retreat

  • Things to do within a 30 minutes drive from Hibiscus Beach Retreat

  • Visit even more beaches, just as beautiful and secluded as the ones by Hibiscus Beach Retreat

  • Visit the daily market in Kudat to experience the amazing colours and smells of the exotic fruit and spices. On Sundays, a visit to Sikuati’s handicraft market is a must!

  • Wander around the bustling fish port and market in Kudat

  • Learn about the area’s culture by visiting traditional long houses, temples and the nearby gong village at Matunggong.

  • Play golf at the Kudat Golf and Country Club.

The Rest of Sabah

  • Scuba dive

    Some of the best dive sites in the world, including the famous Sipadan Island

  • Unwind at Poring Hot Springs

  • Enjoy a morning with the Orang Utans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary or the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort.

  • Take a river cruise down the Kinabatangan River and catch sight of proboscis monkeys, orang utans, pigmy elephants and juvenile crocodiles

  • Watch the skilled harvesters at the Gomantong Cave, described by the WWF as the ‘best-managed edible birds’ nest cave in the world’

  • Go white water rafting down the Padas or Kiulu River

The majority of the rest of Sabah activities are not suitable as a day trip from Hibiscus Villa

You will need to incorporate these as part of your overall holiday.We can help you arrange excellent tours through our affiliated inbound tour operator.

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