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How to go to Usukan Cove Lodge, Kota Belud

Usukan Cove Lodge situated in Kuala Abai Kota Belud is one of the famous diving, fishing and adventure activity for tourists or travellers in Sabah. I often asked through my e-mail how to go to Usukan Cove Lodge? I specifically made this item to give you some idea about how to get to Usukan Cove Lodge.

You may go to Usukan Cove Lodge through a number of ways.

1. Charter a taxi in Kota Kinabalu - At this point in time I don't know how much is the taxi fare to get to Usukan Lodge but should you need it, you can always ask any of the taxi in Kota Kinabalu city. The journey will take you around 1 hour 30 minutes.

2. Public transport/bus - There are minibuses at Bus Terminal nearby Wisma Bandaraya in Kota Kinabalu. Take a bus to Kota Belud town and from Kota Belud town, get a taxi to Usukan Cove Lodge.

3. The most convenient way to go to Usukan Cove Lodge is renting a car. Rent a car in Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the driving to Usukan Cove Lodge in Kota Belud. You can rent a car HERE, depending on the size of your group there are many cars to choose from. Just send them e-mail prior to your arrival and they will arrange the rest for you. The rental car services e-mail address is gokudat@gmail.com. The car rental rates are from RM 100 - RM 380 per day. Discounted rates are given if you are renting the car more than 3 days or above.

What to do there?
There are so many things for you to do in Usukan Cove Lodge. Below are some of the info I lifted out from kota-kinabalu.net for you.

USUKAN COVE LODGE
by Nova Renata Piusai

Looking for a leisure destination to spend the weekend? Head over to Usukan Cove, and you might as well find your sweet escape.

Usukan Cove lodge is situated in the coast of Kota Belud, right next to Kampung Kuala Abai where the jetty to Mantanani Island is located. From Kota Kinabalu, the journey to Usukan cove takes approximately one-and-a-half hours. Through out the journey, visitor will be delighted by the wonderful sights and sceneries of idyllc Kota Belud countryside-passing endless plains of paddy fields, undulating hills, and rustic wooden village house with picturesque view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu in the background.

Nestled on one of eight beautiful beaches, Usukan Cove is surrounded by neighboring fishermen villages. While taking a walk along the stretch of golden sandy beach, visitors will be able to see clusters of houses in the neighboring villages, with children frolicking in the water and men casting their nets for a bountiful catch.

The Usukan Cove Lodge consist of two buildings that contain 16 units of individual rooms. These rooms are modeled after European-style hostels with simple double sharing rooms as well as rooms with two bunk beds. Albeit their budget accommodation status that caters mainly to backpackers, the rooms at the lodge are clean and spiffy with haze blue painted walls, maple flooring, as well as fluffy pillows and beds covered in crisp white linens-complete with air conditioning and drinking water supply.

On a balmy evening, simply go to the beachfront where you can lie on a hammock under the shade with a good book or your iPod. For adventure seekers, opt for a leisure dive or go snorkeling to check out the plenteous natural attractions which include gorgeous coral reefs and diverse marine life including the nudibranch, frogfish, batfish and anemonefish. Like the checking out the natural scenery? Hop on a kayak and take yourself on a self-tour around the island.

One of the most interesting activities that can be done during your trip to Usukan Cove is fishing. A fishing yatch will take visitors to the middle of the sea-20 minutes away from the mainland. Expect to be able to catch the blacktip grouper, stingray, longfin trevally or bigeye snapper during this expedition! You can bring back your catch to be cooked for dinner.

To unwind on a lazy afternoon, take a cruise down the Kawa Kawa River where you can sit back and enjoy the amusing sights of proboscis monkeys in harems, long tailed macaques swinging from tree to tree, and spot some rare species of birds. Later, witness the breathtaking Kota Belud sunset before cruising Abai River where, depending on the weather, visitors will be enchanted by a wonderful spectacle of fireflies that form together around the trees, appearing like a network of twinkling light.

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