Dreaming of long, lazy days on the beach while being serenaded by waves gently lapping on the shore? Then it’s time to make your way to Sabah and sign up for some bucket list-worthy beach hopping!
Choose to trawl the beaches along the West Coast or dive deep for oceanic treasures on the East Coast. Whatever your pick, you’re spoilt for choice. Here are the top reasons why Sabah is a beach-hopper’s dream.
Beaches in Sabah offer proximity
Arriving at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) offers you a bird’s eye view of the tropical paradise that awaits you: a cluster of islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park dotting the South China Sea. These islands are just 15 to 20 minutes away by boat from the main coastline. Before you venture to the islands, take a 10-minute drive from the city centre to Tanjung Aru beach — a beloved local hangout for weekend picnics that offers the best seats in the house during sunset. Definitely one for the ‘Gram.
The best of Sabah resort life
Be pampered like royalty at any of the award-winning beach resorts that await you in Sabah. If you seek high-end luxury, fine dining, and the beach literally at your doorstep, you’ve come to the right place.
Families will love the total resort package offered by Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa and, a little further from the city, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort in Tuaran (which even has a surrounding wildlife reserve).
Just outside Kota Kinabalu, opt to spend a weekend at the Beringgis Beach Resort or the sprawling Nexus Resort Karambunai. Tip: This place is a top spot for surfing and a round of golf, so take advantage of these features on your holiday!
All these resorts share one thing in common: Sabah’s signature 5-star hospitality! Note: All establishments practice strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure the safety and health of guests and employees during this time.
Adventures, wet and wild
Apart from working on your tan, work on getting some action on your beach itinerary. Sabah is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. From banana boat rides to parasailing, there’s always something to keep you buzzing. Stand-up paddling is a popular activity these days — check out Borneo Paddle Monkeys.
For some underwater exploration, Sabah is a diver’s paradise. Hardcore scuba junkies will want to explore the idyllic East Coast — dive into the cool waters of Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Lankayan, and Mataking, among others.
Over on the West Coast, Mantanani, Pulau Tiga and the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park also offer spectacular sites. Not a diver? Not a problem. These sites are also perfect for snorkelling. But since you’re here, why not become a certified scuba diver? Choose from a myriad of operators who offer tours and packages for your diving and snorkelling needs. You’ll be in good hands with the likes of Sea Tango or the well-established Borneo Divers.
Finally, a bonus reason: If you’re a travel blogger or influencer looking for stunning visual content for your channel, the beaches of Sabah will not disappoint. Be sure to pack your equipment and extra memory cards for the ultimate beach-hopping experience in Sabah!
Brought to you by Sabah Tourism Board.