Tanjung Aru

30 January 2014

Tanjung (Beach) Aru is the long, flat beach between the Kota Kinabalu International airport and the Sutera Harbour.  It looks out on to the four islands off the coast (Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik and Gaya island).

We spent one morning here just sunbathing, reading and swimming; and then left after lunch.  It was a lovely, quiet place, although the sand looked a little dirty (oily) in some patches. The water was surprisingly clear and from the amount of people swimming, didn’t seem to pose any health threats.

There is also a small park with benches and places to picnic. The one or two restaurants on the beachfront seemed reasonably priced and good enough for a lunch on the run.

Getting here:

  • Take (big) Bus Number 16 from Wawasan Bus Terminal.
  • MYR 1.50 each, ask for Tanjung Aru beach.
Note: There is a small bus (minibus) 16 that also goes to this area, but it drops you at Tanjung Aru town, not at the beach. So it is about a twenty-five minute walk to the beach from the town bus stop.

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