Tanjung Aru is a township and a sub-district or “mukim” located in the district of Kota Kinabalu, state of Sabah, Malaysia. Tanjung Aru together with Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah, with it facing the South China Sea on the northwest coast of Borneo. From the history viewpoint, it was under the influence of the Bruneian Empire way back in the 15th century. Later the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) set foot in Sabah in the 19th century by setting up a settlement in Gaya Island. A scheme by Mat Salleh causing the settlement to be destroyed by fire would lead the company to relocate “Api-api” which is later named as Jesselton, becoming a major trading port.
During the Japanese occupation, the devastation that occurred was too big for BNBC to fund the repairs, hence the control of Jesselton was ceded to the British Crown Colony. After the formation of Malaysia, Jesselton or North Borneo is then known as Kota Kinabalu with Tanjung Aru being its sub-district as of today. The renaming for Kota Kinabalu is due to the close proximity of the city to Mount Kinabalu. The prominence of Kota Kinabalu or KK in short as a major travel destination and a well-established gateway for travellers coming to Sabah would then boosted traveler’s influx into Tanjung Aru as well. At the same time, being a significant trade and commercial centre for East Malaysia has greatly helped to drive growth of Kota Kinabalu has been ongoing at full speed, allowing it to be granted a full city status in the year 2000. Tanjung Aru subsequently would receive spoils of the development ongoing in Kota Kinabalu.
There are flights to Kota Kinabalu Airport from the Kuala Lumpur Internationa Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown, from the airport, guests can go to Tanjung Aru using public transportation or ride-sharing services.
Being the main feature of Tanjung Aru area, the Tanjung Aru Beach comprises of a stretch up till 2 kilometers long with new skyscrapers being built around the area. Despite all the development, the beach hardly disappoints in terms of its mesmerizing white sands, clear skies and bluish ocean view. Getting here is a breeze from the capital Kota Kinabalu and is definitely a must visit place when visitors are in Tanjung Aru. Taking its name from the casuarinas or aru trees grown here, this beach is the perfect spot to watch over the sunset. In fact, it is not exaggerating to say that the sunset view from this beach is one of the greatest things that could be offered here. There are also food stalls nearby selling a multitude of food and drinks to the visitors such as coconut and sugarcane juice, chicken or beef satay and steamed peanuts and corn. There are also seafood restaurants nearby which is perfect for visitors wanting a full-course dinner after witnessing such a majestic sunset from the beach as well as resorts for a perfect stay at night after a long day walk.
It feels incomplete to talk about Tanjung Aru without mentioning this park. This recreational park is located Jalan Tanjung Aru, being able to easily found nearby the Tanjung Aru Beach. It is a leisure area offering a great range of recreational activities and eateries which features a running track and is a popular spot for runners. Aside from the jogging trails and eateries, there are also musical fountains, which is accompanied by lights at night. The water fountain is synchronized to perfection with the accompanying music and lights, creating a dazzling visual display which is enjoyable with family and friends.
A glorious five-star hotel situated at 2C, Jalan Aru. It has ample facilities such as pools, gardens, library, fitness rooms and many more at a premium which is great for a fantastic comfortable stay.