Known for its spectacular sunset view and laid-back vibes, the Tanjung Aru beach in Kota Kinabalu is perfect for a day of sunbathing and swimming in the calm waters of the shallow sea. Named after the Casuarina trees that line the beach, Tanjung Aru beach is an urban oasis, often flocked by the residents of Kota Kinabalu for a quick escapade from the city.
Things to do
Spend your day amidst the locals at Tanjung Aru beach, as you play frisbee, or football with them on the sandy beach or just sit down and observe the evening go by. Said to have the best sunset spot in all of Malaysia, the beach is a great place to observe the life of the locals as you sink your feet in the cool sand and soak up the warmth of the sun. The calm water of this part of the beach makes its perfect for swimming and walking in the shallow parts of the sea. Alternatively, you can also try walking on the reflexology track set in the path of the adjacent Prince Philip park, or work up an appetite at the exercise area. This park also acts as a perfect picnic spot if you are looking to spend the day here.
As the sun starts to sets you will be left in awe at the multiple shades of orange and yellow melting into the horizon. The gorgeous sunset is best enjoyed while munching on some local delicacies from the multiple street food stalls that set up shop as the day progresses and the sea breeze starts to bring down the temperature. Moreover the Tanjung Aru beach is well known for its open food courts serving street-style local snacks ranging from satays to noodles to fresh seafood.
How to get there
Tanjung Aru is easily accessible from the city centre. Only about 15-20 minutes driving time away, you can hop on a bus or a cab to get here. However if you are running short of time and want to include a quick visit to Tanjung Aru as part of your Kota Kinabalu city tour, consult a local travel expert from Locaguide who can help you plan a complete itinerary for the same.0