Pitas is the capital of the Pitas district of northern Sabah, which is made up of many villages and small islands. All around the district you will find clear blue water and the coral of Marudu Bay. The population is estimated at 40,000
There are so many spots in the district of Pitas, which are not yet explored by locals and travelers, making Pitas one of the hidden gems in Sabah Borneo.
The people of Pitas are originally of Rungus or Orang Sungai descent, members of the Kadandunsun ethnic group. About 1100 inhabitants live in the kampong Pitas. It is located about 132 from Kudat. A market is held on Saturdays (a “tamu”). On the Tamu, products, seafood, traditional drinks, handicrafts and other items from Pitas and surrounding villages are bought and sold. Tamu Pekan Pitas has been around since the 1980s. The population lives from fishing in the nearby waters and oil palm cultivation.
Tourism is not yet benefiting here, as it is not a popular destination. But this does not mean that Pitas is any less beautiful than other destinations in Malaysia. On the contrary.
The beautiful village of Malubang is the remote gateway to all the beautiful places you can see and experience in the Pitas district. This idyllic village lies on the edge of the Maduru Bay. It has picturesque sandy beaches and a view of the clear blue sea that warms the eyes. The people of Malubang are friendly and from the people you can learn a lot about the culture and life in this fishing village. Malubang Village is located on a beach in Marudu Bay. Most of the villagers are Sulu people who mainly work as fishermen. Every morning you can watch their fishing boats leave for a fishing trip.
Malubang faces the city of Kudat and Tip of Borneo is clearly visible on the horizon. In fact, Kudat is less than an hour away by boat, and Banggi Island takes about 20 minutes.
In Malubang, you will also discover the sad story of Supirak. Supirak was a sailor from long ago who was cursed by his mother and turned to stone.