My best friend and I visited Tampat Do Aman in September. After four weeks of living in very basic conditions and trekking we booked to come here as a relaxing and peaceful end to our adventure. We expected a paradise and were definitely not disappointed. From the word go everyone was so welcoming and friendly, especially Howard who goes out of his way 24/7 to make sure you're enjoying yourself. All the local girls who work in the 'Tip Top' were also always smiling and fantastic cooks! We were able to have a little lesson on how to cook their dishes and so have come away with lots of recipes that so far have been delicious.
During the day we would easily spend hours lying on the gorgeous beach looking out over the crystal clear sea. In the evenings we would walk up the beach to the tip of Borneo and watch the sunsets. We had been in Borneo for 4 weeks already and had seen some of the most spectacular sunsets, however these had to be the most breathtaking. There were so many activities to do in the day if you were looking for something a bit more active. For example there are bikes, motorbikes and a very old (but characterful) car that you can rent out to visit the other beaches along the coast. We took out the "malaysian ferrari," as it's called (but don't get your hopes up), for a day and found ourselves on the most beautiful of coves with a beach all to ourselves. This is also a way to visit the other local villages or go into town if in need of some money or internet - Kudat is only a short drive away.
The actual accommodation is basic but wonderful. All rooms are the same price so you can choose between a private hut or a room in the long house. These are small, but then again you don't need much space as every waking moment is spent outside exploring the surroundings. It's a very sociable environment and only a 20-30 minute walk from the beach. Howard ferries people back and forth from the rooms to the beach in his jeep, however at night I recommend walking as you can often spot the odd animal up in the trees and not once did we feel unsafe whilst walking through the villages.
All in all I would definitely not pass up an opportunity to return. The only negative would be the sand flies that are on the beach, but I guess what can you do!? Tampat is such a unique place with the most amazing atmosphere and community; I could easily spend many more weeks in their care!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome friends. At the Tip of Borneo lies an Eco resort and jungle camp called Tampat Do Aman. In the local Rungus language this means "a place of friends".We are located by the only road that leads to this phenomenally beautiful coastline that stretches from the Tip of Borneo 10km to the south, incorporating eight of the best beaches Sabah has to offer. The area really is a jewel in the crown of Sabah. In Tampat Do Aman Tip of Borneo you will find : A Jungle camp (Traditional Rungus long House), A beach front restaurant and Bar (“Tip Top”) and an activities center. If you are a nature lover like us then there is lots to do here in Tip of Borneo. Our activities center offers bicycles and snorkeling gear for rent. There are different trekking and night tours happening and you can even take a course in Jungle Survival. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tampat Do Aman Jungle Camp Kudat, Sabah