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Tanjung Aru Beach

450 Reviews

Tanjung Aru Beach

450 Reviews
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Relax on some of the idyllic islands of the coast of Kota Kinabalu without stressing about the cost of a private charter on this small-group excursion. Catch a speedboat from Kota Kinabalu and zip around the South China Sea to beaches on nearby Sapi Island and Manukan Island. Swim and snorkel around the coral reefs, sunbathe on the shore or explore the coastal forests of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, a nature preserve on Manukan.<br><br>Snorkel equipment provided free of charge so you can jump straight into the water<br><br>Find out about other activities on these picturesque islands from your guide<br><br>Really relax in Sapi with a complimentary buffet lunch on the beach<br><br>Get to and from Kota Kinabalu jetty with round-trip transfers from your hotel
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charlotte B wrote a review Apr 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom147 contributions54 helpful votes
After reading blogs online we saw that this one a very good place to come and watch the sunset and we were not disappointed. We got a Grab from our hotel the opposite end of KK. When we first arrived the beach was very busy, however, if you walk down to the right more, it gets quieter and quieter. The sunset is incredible!! The sky completely turned orange and it was an amazing sight. The only down side was that many tourists leave there rubbish. I would definitely recommend seeing the sunset at this beach. Our photos have no filters on them.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Rick W wrote a review Mar 2020
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom1,601 contributions255 helpful votes
This beach is mainly clean, gently shelving and has some shade under palm trees. There is free car parking and a chaotic local market selling snacks and drinks nearby at the 'First Beach entrance'. It is probably the best beach near to Kota Kinabalu - although the islands off shore are much nicer. The sunset is certainly worth waiting for and surprisingly the place was busier at sunset than during the afternoon. One point of interest, I photographed a Black Hornbill in the trees - do keep watch for them!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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nik m wrote a review Mar 2020
Swansea County, United Kingdom59 contributions30 helpful votes
Came here one day expecting something special as the beach is mentioned in lots of publications. Believe me, it is very average. Lots of rubbish scattered everywhere, walkways in a terrible state and beach itself dirty. It maybe a good spot to watch the sunset, but the sunset can be seen from everywhere. Only stayed about 15 mins and left. Very disappointed with the amount of rubbish everywhere in Kota Kinabalu, disgusting the way the city is usd as a trash can.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Tony wrote a review Feb 2020
Parramatta, Australia220 contributions57 helpful votes
Stopped by Tanjung Aru beach since it is a must visit place in Kota Kinabalu. We arrived here about 1pm and the beach was deserted. Tanjung Aru beach is usually crowded during evening because of its famous spot to enjoy sunset. There is also a night market next to the beach which causes heavy traffic in the evening. Highly recommend Tanjung Aru Beach for sunset!
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Date of experience: January 2020
mytravelstories wrote a review Feb 2020
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia13 contributions
This is probably one of the best spot for sunset. Would recommend going to beach 3 tho..beach 1 & 2 can be crowded. If you're looking for food should go to beach 1. Sunset is at 6.10 onwards but highly recommended to come around 5 beacuse traffic can be a pain.
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Date of experience: February 2020