There is a jewel of a place called Tanjung Aru Beach that is nicely tucked somewhere in Sabah, Malaysia.Â This long stretch of white sand beach, which is attractively lined with palm trees, is specifically located towards the end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.Â It is about six kilometers south of the city of Kota Kinabalu or ten kilometers from the airport.Â A lot of wonderful tourist destination spots are comfortably nestled on this beach including the posh Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, the Kinabalu Yacht Club and the Kinabalu Golf Club.
Sunset at Tanjung Aru Beach Photo by:Â BarbicanMan
Anyone interested in visiting Tanjung Aru Beach can find it easily.Â One simply has to catch a bus from Tanjung Aru in Wawasan Plaza or the City Hall.Â If there are no signs on the bus, ask the driver.Â Alternatively, one can also take a cab but it will be more expensive. Travel time from the heart of Kota Kinabalu to Tanjung Aru Beach will last 20-30 minutes.
There are tons of reasons why people choose to spend their weekends at Tanjung Aru Beach.Â Ironically, the beach is not necessarily swim-friendly.Â Visitors are usually content to hang out and try different activities.Â Jog along the sea shore, play some Frisbee, beach volleyball or football – this is how people enjoy the beach.Â Water sports like water skiing and scuba diving can also be arranged directly with the different hotels. On the other hand, a stroll on the the beach with inherent views and sea breezes is a popular pasttime as well.
Food choices for every taste and budget abound in every corner of the Tanjung Aru Beach.Â There are numerous hawker stalls for those on a budget.Â Seafood restaurants that serve delectable Malaysian and a fusion of international dishes are the perfect option for travelers with an average budget.Â Favorites include lamb satay and roti which are readily offered in several kiosks at reasonable prices.Â Another must-try at beverage stalls include fresh coconut juice, sugarcane juice, lime juice and tropical fruit shakes.Â Most of these stalls and restaurants are open until midnight.
Waiting for the Perfect Sunset Photo by: BarbicanMan
A lot of photography aficionados can also be seen here with tripods and cameras in hopes of capturing the placeâ€™s exceptional beauty.Â They usually come in groups and busy themselves clicking the afternoon away.
My favorite thing to do at Tanjung Aru Beach is relax on my comfortable beach chair and watch the world go by while sipping some freshly prepared Sirap Bandung.Â I wait until late afternoon when the entire seashore is transformed into a huge observatory and take in one of the best sunsets on the face of the earth.