Kunak Hot Spring

Hot spring of Kunak
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The east coast of Sabah seems to have many underground thermal activities. Besides the sulphurous hot springs in Tawau Hills Park, there is also a hot spring in the Sungang Plantation (oil palm) of Sime Darby near Kunak town. Mosquito is a problem there so you need to bring your insect repellent.

Kunak Hot Spring
This is the source of the hot spring.

source of Kunak Hot Spring
If you look closer, you could see water flowing out of the rocks.

Kunak Hot Spring
Due to security concern, Sime Darby does not actively promote this attraction. They only try to preserve it.

Steaming Kunak Hot Spring
The water is quite hot, probably hot enough to boil an egg. You can see steam coming out of water.

Vincent tried Hot Spring
Vincent could not wait to try the hot spring. Since no bikini babe available, I used him as the model. The water is not very hot if you stay further from the source. The water looked a bit murky. It’s supposed to be clear water.

volcano boulders
The volcano boulders around give you a hint about the hot spring. The hot spring is the result of underground thermal activity.

Kunak Hot Spring
View of the hot spring.

stream next to Hot Spring
There is a cool stream next to the hot spring. After you have enough fun with the hot spring, you may try the cold water in the stream. Be warned, you would get thermo shock.

Hut at Kunak Hot Spring
Small hut next to the hot spring.

Kunak Hot Spring
Frankly speaking, this hot spring is not really impressive. I blog it for your info only. A new saltwater hot spring is discovered lately on the high ground at the Sime Darby plantation in Tingkayu at some 650 feet (around 216 metres) from sea level, that one is more unique.

This hot spring is inside the private land of Sime Darby, it is not for walk-in visitors. If you are interested in visiting or look for tour info, please check out www.darvelbay.com.my.

Photos taken in Kunak, Sabah Malaysia

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  • the murky water is quite a turn-off. But at least I know we’ve got more hot springs than just the one that we all know about in Poring.