Reaching Out to the “Rungus” Tribe at Tindakon Dazang Beach, Borneo. (Part I)

Every click on the Google about North Borneo, the top ranking  metaphor will be nothing else but  the Title of the “Tip Of Borneo”- Simpang Mengayau. During our involvement with the local community development project expedition with Borneo Ecotourism Solution and Technologies Society (BEST) in North of Borneo, Kudat—(the first Capital Of Sabah from 1881—1883); has its uniqueness of cultural diversity ,creative architecture  and  strong community pride and territorial until today.


b8613-livingwaterprojectinterongkongan079We, The volunteers of BEST Society made an early expedition heading to Tindakon Dazang Beach at Terongkongan Village, North of Borneo. Tindakon Dazang, literally means “The Skipping Mermaid” is an unexposed yet magnificent gem beach along the Matunggong Coastline. A blissful ride along the  journey passing by the terrain paddy field and oil palm processing plant and  plantation taking us three hours to reach Kudat town, and another 45 minutes of graveled  road giving our bus driver Ipin a challenge on each cornering.


Tindakon Dazang Beach is one of the untouched paradises; facing the South China Sea and being fringed by the white sandy beach and armed with a big compound armed with mangrove forest. Given the name Tindakon Dazang; the Skipping Mermaid, there was folklore on the less known gigantic cave that creates an phenomenal of  undisturbed cove in between. This cave was once a hidden spot for the Japanese Soldier  before they invaded the North Of  Sabah. ( Japan invaded and ruled Sabah lasted 3 years from 1942-1945), during high tide or storm period, you can see waves crashing against the rocks, smashing into the cave and splashing out from the hole on top of the rock, like a powerful blue whale exhaling through its blowhole. This phenomenal creates a loud noise, giving the Rungus ( the origin of Kudat tribes), a lot of norm and legendary, that one should follow while visit this cave. 

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Along the beach there is a magnificent traditional long houses being built along the coastline, although the construction is still in progress, I am amazed by the creative design as well as the traditional raw materials used for this lodge. The thatched roof was made from tidy weaved of dried nipah palm, and the solid house frames were the best quality of timber called “Berlian”, and the floor is elevated platform of split bamboos giving the hall a great ventilation and a comfortable sitting area. Oh,and the wall is partitioned by a kind of tree skin (which was prepared and stacked in rolls at the side of the house). No wonder the Rungus are so proud of their talent and arts! I salute! 

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  The Tindakon Dazang cave
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 The roll of  tree skin being sun dried and rolled in bundle ready to be used.
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 The split bamboo floor, giving a soothing ventilation
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 Tidy weaven nipah roof, creating an authentic concept
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 The magnificent Tindakon Dazang Restaurant by the beach side

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