Top picks in Borneo – Beaches

Top picks in Borneo – Beaches

by Natalie L 19 Jan 2020

Being the third largest island on earth, Borneo is definitely not short of beautiful beaches. Yearning to feel the sun rays warm your skin? Craving to chill beside clear blue waters? Lucky you – we've hand-picked some of the best beaches in Borneo for you! Be sure not to miss these treasure islands on your next visit to Borneo!  


1. Pulau Tiga

Pulau Tiga, Sabah


Pulau Tiga only gained public attention in 2000, after being featured as one of the secret islands in the popular reality game show “Survivor”. This beautiful place consists of 3 smaller islands and houses 2 resorts. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main city of Sabah, this island might be difficult to get to but the peace and tranquillity which it offers will definitely make the trip worthwhile. 


2. Hawaii Beach

Hawaii Beach, Miri, Sarawak


Hawaii Beach is a must-visit in Borneo, especially due to its very convenient location (a mere 15 minutes away from the city centre). With a beautiful park just behind the beach, it is no surprise that this beach is a favourite family destination. Bask in the sun, enjoy a barbecue or play with your family at this beach.


3. Manukan Island

Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


Hosting over 200,000 guests every year, Manukan Island is the most popular and most visited island in Sabah. Being just a 20-minute speedboat ride away from Kota Kinabalu, the island is fairly convenient to access as well. As such, it is not surprising how this island comes fully equipped with numerous guest facilities, including chalets, recreation centres, restaurants and clubhouses. If you are looking for a place to unwind alone or with your family, definitely put Manukan Island on your list!


4. Tusan Cliff Beach

Tusan Cliff Beach, Miri, Sarawak


Though more far-off from the main city than many other well-known beaches in Borneo, Tusan Cliff Beach is still relatively popular due to its beautiful scenery. Most notably, people from all over the world actively travel here to catch a glimpse of the rare but spectacular glowing sea—a naturally-occurring phenomenon caused by dinoflagellates (a type of algae) emitting light when disturbed by the sea waves. If you are looking for a unique experience in nature, you really can't go wrong with Tusan Cliff Beach.


Borneo and beaches certainly do seem to go hand in hand; locals and returning visitors alike all swear by the idyllic scenery these locations excel at providing. Remember to pack along your beachwear, slippers and sunscreen, for you simply cannot afford to miss these beautiful beaches of Borneo!