Usukan Cove

Location: Sabah

Location Info

Address: Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia

District » Kota Belud


Usukan Cove is located on the coast of Kota Belud, just beside Kampung Kuala Abai where the jetty to Mantanani Island is situated. The journey to Usukan Cove is about an hour and a half from Kota Kinabalu. Visitors will be delighted with the breath-taking scenery of the idyllic Kota Belud countryside of endless paddy fields, rustic wooden village houses and the magnificent Mount Kinabalu in the background during the journey to Usukan Cove.


The Usukan Cove is actually located in one of the eight beautiful beaches here in Kota Belud. Visitors can see clusters of houses in the neighboring villages by taking a stroll along the stretch of golden sandy beach. Usukan Cove is where you should go for a getaway. Here is where you can unwind and lie on a hammock under the shade with a good book and let your mind loose. There are plenty of activities here such as diving or snorkeling. There are myriads of marine creatures waiting to be explored. If you like exploring and viewing natural scenery, get on a kayak and take yourself on a self-tour around the island.

Another more interesting activity that can be done here in Usukan Cove is fishing. A fishing yacht will take visitors to the middle of the sea, about 20 minutes away from the mainland to fish. Do expect some good catches such as garoupas, puffer fishes, and even sting rays. These can be brought back to be cooked for dinner or simply releasing them back to the sea.

You can also take a cruise down the Kawa Kawa river where you can watch from close distance the proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques and some other species of birds. Depending on the weather, visitors may have the chance to watch fireflies that form together around the trees which appear like a network of twinkling lights. There are plenty of other attractions in Sabah other than Usukan Cove. Do consider extending your stay here to fully immerse yourself in the uniqueness of Sabah. Do not worry about accommodations as accommodations in Sabah are aplenty.


To get there from Kota Kinabalu, just drive in the direction to Kota Belud town. After an hour, you will arrive a roundabout, just follow the brown signage that says ' Jeti ke Pulau Mantanani' (Jetty to Mantanani Island). Then you will see second roundabout (Kuala Abai), follow the junction at the left, and you will arrive the entrance of Usukan Cove Lodge within 10 minutes.