Sabah is a haven for those coveted sunset photographs that will make your friends green with envy.
by Stanley P, Carrybeans
It’s no secret that Sabah is a great place to get your fix of beautiful sunsets. In fact, even the Huffington Post published an article that includes KK as one of the best places on earth to watch the sunset. That’s how lucky we are as Sabahans!
Tourists have been flocking to this side of the globe to watch our sunset. But who can blame them; when the sun goes down and the sky turns reddish-orange in colour, the view is simply spectacular and breathtaking. It is a view that you will have a hard time finding anywhere else in the world.
That being said, which spots around Sabah that can give you the best view of the sunset?
If you’re a tourist visiting Sabah, the most convenient place you can go to for the sunset is at Tanjung Aru. It’s only a short drive away from the city centre and there are a lot of spots you can get that perfect Instagram photos.
The obvious choice to go to would be the Tanjung Aru Beach. The beach is nice but it can get very crowded in the evening with all the tourists. If you want to so somewhere more atas, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru’s Sunset Bar is a good place to go to as well. You can also get a nice view of the sunset from on top of C’haya Hotel at their infinity pool.
But in all honesty, the sunset is beautiful wherever you are in Tanjung Aru if you visit on a good day. For example, the parking lot of Tanjung Aru Plaza (where the photo above was taken).
Kudat, a district in the northern part of Sabah, is blessed with so many beaches. So, it comes as no surprise that there are a lot of good spots for sunset-watching. One of such spots is Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, or the Tip of Borneo. The tip is the meeting point of both the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, so you can expect the view of the sunset and the sea to be stunning.
Tanjung Simpang Mengayau can get quite crowded, so if you can to go somewhere with fewer people, consider going to the nearby Kalambunian Beach. The beach is just next to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and the view there is just as nice if not better.
Other beaches you can consider is Bavang Jamal Beach and Kelambu Beach.
Kg. Serusup is a small village in the district of Tuaran. But small it may be, one shouldn’t underestimate the beauty that the village hides away. Kg. Serusup is relatively unknown even to KK locals, so that means the place is not crowded with all the tourists. You can enjoy the sunset at the nearby beach, but that’s not the best place you can get.
There’s a small beach on the other side of the river that can only be accessed by boats, but the view there is absolutely stunning. If you’re lucky, you can even get to see Mount Kinabalu bathed in an orange glow as the sun goes down.
You can contact Tembara River Cruise if you are interested to experience the sunset yourself.