Who doesn’t love sunset? And one of the best ways to capture sunset is to take a sunset cruise.
Kota Kinabalu has some of the most spectacular sunsets I have experienced anywhere in the world, and we were lucky to take to the seas for a sunset cruise while we were there, and witness it in all its golden, orange and red glory.
We set off aboard our SeaTango boat at around 5pm from the Sutera Harbour jetty, just as the sun was slowly beginning to sink towards the horizon. We were welcomed aboard with a selection of free-flow soft drinks and beer, and some snacks to keep us going – including chicken nuggets, which kept the kids happy!
From here we meandered leisurely towards Gaya Island (Pulau Gaya), the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a marine park made up of five islands, lying just offshore from Kota Kinabalu.
Gaya Island is famously home to two five-star resorts (Gaya Island Resort and Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa), but it is also home to several water villages – kind of shantytowns built on stilts over the water.
Although these water villages are renowned for housing illegal immigrants and considered “no-go” areas for tourists, they are surprisingly picturesque at sunset, with the multi-coloured shacks glistening in the dwindling sunlight. My kids loved waving at all the local kids jumping off the jetties and playing in the water.
As the sun finally sank into the ocean, oranges and reds made way for lilacs and purples and our boat set sail back to Kota Kinabalu, taking in the sights of the lively waterfront area at night, before returning to berth at Sutera Harbour.
We booked our Sunset Cruise tour through Amazing Borneo. For more information about this tour you can visit the Amazing Borneo website here.
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Mum on the Move were guests of Amazing Borneo for the tour. This did not influence my review in any way, and all opinions expressed are honest, and my own.
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