The most Kota Kinabalu’s gorgeous beaches


Kota Kinabalu beaches can have a magical quality and will add the much needed relaxation that you crave on your vacation to this tropical region.

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Tanjung Aru Beach

To have a variety of such exotic beaches in your city is indeed a blessing. And Sabah is blessed to be one of them. On the north eastern side of Borneo, the multicultural city of Kota Kinabalu hosts one of the most appealing and charming beaches in the world. Visitors wishing to travel around the outlandish tropical islands and engage in sightseeing can visit the ‘oh-so-famous’ Tanjung Aru Beach, 10 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu.

One of the most breathtaking sunsets are claimed to be found here with varied attractions like seafood restaurants, hawker food stalls, cultural dance shows, beach-sport activities like jet skiing, kayaking and windsurfing. The beauty of Sabah shall be preserved, no matter how much it is developed, due its “environment conscious investments”.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (via

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is very renowned for housing a few of the best Kota Kinabalu beaches on the islands of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Sulug and Mamutik. The key features include clear sparkling waters and sun-kissed sandy beaches, welcoming the visitors to spend the day with their beach hats, shades and sunscreen on. To increase the number of tourists at the beach, the management has taken measures to add man-made attractions that make the visit worthwhile.

These include small cafes, souvenir shop, and beach towers with security overlooking the area for any mishaps. Frequent day-trip excursion packages are offered to the tourists to make it an enriching and enthralling experience. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is also famous for its enriched biodiversity diving and snorkeling sites. Beach lovers should definitely head this way.

Police Beach in Gaya Island

The Gaya Island has the honour of being the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Its shoreline extends to 16 miles with diverse beaches characterized by white sandy beaches to a pebbly nature, along with mudflats and cliffs of sandstone. A great part of the Police Beach which covers an expanse of around a quarter mile consisting of fine white sand with a slope gently submerging into the bay, which makes it an ideal spot to fulfill your swimming desires in water, which is as clear as crystal. The coral reefs lining the entire coast are in impeccable condition. The Police Beach on Gaya Island is one of the finest Kota Kinabalu beach not to miss.

Beach at Mamutik Island

Mamutik Island (via

Having the position of being one of the smallest of the five islands in the Park, and in close proximity to Kota Kinabalu, you will see this place quite populated over the weekends. If you are a peace lover and would generally want to avoid crowded places, then opt for the beach at Mamutik Island during weekdays, which covers an expanse of 200 metres.

Fresh water from a well is available and the park authorities have even constructed shelters with the basic amenities to provide ease and convenience to the residents and visitors alike, to bask and relax on the sandy shores of the beach. Though some parts of the beaches might be reserved for the visitors at the resort. Sea urchins exist in abundance here and the beach is pebbly and gravelly.

Beach at Sapi Island

Being the smallest of the islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Sapi Island features some of the best Kota Kinabalu beaches. Its features include clean white sand, sparkling in the beaches sunshine. A spot of utmost supremacy regarding snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking and parasailing due to the absence of no steep rocks along with facilities like furniture and picnic shelters are available. The beaches of Sapi Island are home to one of the most unique breed of sea eagle, which is white-bellied, considered to be the finest in the world nestled here. Other smaller birds can be spotted in the sky time and again and other crab-eating monkeys too.

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