Sidek Esplanade is located just outside Kudat town centre along the waterfront of Teluk Marudu.
In general, Kudat is located some 3 hours to the north of Kota Kinabalu. It is best to rent a car from Kota Kinabalu for a self-drive tour to Kudat and its vicinity. Otherwise, the only option to get to various tourist attractions in Kudat is by chartered tours which are not exactly economical and does not offer travel flexibility.
As Kudat is naturally graced with beautiful ocean scapes all around, the construction of an esplanade is probably a given. Sidek Esplanade can be regarded as the centre of congregation among the locals especially at night. There is an iconic clock tower that marks the entrance into the esplanade area, along with some other buildings and structures.
The esplanade was opened to the public rather recently, in April 2002 to be exact. Its opening was officiated by the then Chief Minister of Sabah. In general, there are not many features along the waterfront, save it for some resting pavilions, landscaped gardens, and the likes. There is a section in the esplanade that consists of floating houses where local fishermen rearing commercial ocean fish in cages. A rather unique sight to see I must say.
The esplanade comes alive at night as a number of eating joints become operational. The area is known for its fresh seafood which come at rather affordable prices. During my visit here, I had a decent meal of steamed fish with rice and vegetables. There are options of picking up the fish to be cooked from the cages or the containers to ensure their freshness.
A good place for a stroll for its ocean views. Good selections of restaurant serving fresh ocean produce which Kudat is famous for.