"Pitas in Sabah is not a place you hear about very often. Its legend about the ship turned into an island is a whispered secret. But Pitas is one place in Sabah that everyone should visit. This tiny magical island holds an adventure for every traveler.
The people of Pitas are mostly Rungus or Orang Sungai, members of the Kadandunsun ethnic group. The villagers make a living by fishing from the waters nearby and oil palm cultivation."
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.
This island of Sipurak
has a terrifying story to explain its origins. Many years ago, a sailor named Sipurak was cursed by his mother after treating her badly. Her curse turned his ship to stone. The stone ship is known today as the Supirak Island.
Supirak Island is a must see for any visitor to Pitas. A boat trip from Malubang village takes about ten minutes. The island is in the water and the top is covered with many trees and grasses. To enter the island, visitors must walk across a 30-meter wooden jetty and then climb a 12-meter flight of stairs to get to the top of Supirak Island.
Have you ever imagined people turning to stone? This is the fate that would have befallen the people who are now rocks at Batu Berunsai. The rocks sticking out of the ground are reminiscent of dancing people. They were turned to stone along with his ship. The eeriness of the story is belied by the swaying mangrove trees that grow between the rocks. This small island is a must see when in Pitas.Have you ever imagined people turning to stone? This is the fate that would have befallen the people who are now rocks at Batu Berunsai. The rocks sticking out of the ground are reminiscent of dancing people. They were turned to stone along with his ship. The eeriness of the story is belied by the swaying mangrove trees that grow between the rocks. This small island is a must see when in Pitas.
The Bongkol waterfall cascades down from a ledge of rocks above your head. It is located in the forest reserve and has no clear path to it. But the trek is worthy of the beauty of the clear water that flows past the waterfall. Here you can take a refreshing dip in the small lake at the bottom of the waterfall. Bongkol Waterfall is about 13 miles from the capital Pitas and 3.4 miles from Kampong Bongkol.
In Pitas they are “in” for many things, but one thing that stands out:
the Pitas floating coral bar That is the chance to drink and have lunch / dinner on the water. The sandbank is located in the middle of the water and is a place for relaxation and food. Red and white umbrellas protect guests from the sun while sitting on chairs in the water. When the tide is low, you can eat and drink and enjoy the feeling of water against your feet.
in the waters of Marudu Bay. Under the waters of Marudu Bay are marine life that any diver would want to see. They live in the reef below. You can go snorkeling and discover the micro life in the bay. You can also go scuba diving, paddle boarding and canoeing in the warm blue waters of Marudu Bay.
If you like
fishing then Pitas has the right activity for you. You can catch fish in Marudu Bay. You can rent fishing equipment at companies such as the Indah Chalet. But you can't make a meal out of your catch. You have to put the fish back in the sea. This is a relaxing activity that is also environmentally friendly. You can also go night fishing on a Bagang. Bagangs are traditional fishing platforms that stand on poles over the water.