Pantai Kelambu is located some 35 kilometres to the northwest of Kudat town. As the road signage is extremely poor in the area, you will need a local map like I did. To be exact, at the split road that points towards Tanjung Simpang Mengayau on the right, you will need to go straight. After some 5 kilometres of wondering if you have taken the correct road, a tiny signage is buried on at an intersection and it points towards 'Pantai Kulambu'. Take the road and you should be at the beach in no time.
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.
Finding Pantai Kelambu is like searching for a needle in a hay stack. After getting an informative tip-off from the friendly guest personnel at Kudat Marina & Golf Resort and geared with what seems to be a very detailed map of Kudat and its surrounding areas, I attempt to find this elusive beach, which according to the guest personnel, is much better than Pantai Bak Bak near to Kudat town.
One thing to note when driving all over Sabah is that the road signage is rather poor and inadequate. The road to Pantai Kelambu is no exception as I almost make a U-turn in exasperation that no sign of any beautiful beach seems to be ahead of me.
While the beach is slightly less comparable to Pantai Kalampunian, Pantai Kelambu is a very unique beach, to say the least. There are actually two stretches of white sandy beaches at Pantai Kelambu, each on the opposite ends of a small island or promontory. In fact, you can get closer to the promontory (or rocky cape) and can claim to have the unique experience of having two beaches within a short opposite span of each other.
The area is actually marked as a public park but there are not many facilities to boast, save it for one or two resting pavilions and some BBQ pits. Nearby is the guarded entrance into the development of Kudat Riviera, which shall consist of multi-million ringgit mansions and villas overlooking beautiful Pantai Kelambu. Actually, I had written to the developer to feature the Kudat Riviera development in this website, but the reply that I received from the white girl was none too receptive. Be that as it may, I hope the pretentious development will not close down this public beach. Their rice-barn villas are probably off limit to mere mortals like yours truly, but this beautiful beach should remain in possession for the people of Sabah.
Unique feature of two beaches. Crystal-clear waters and fantastic scenery. Somewhat confusing to get to.