Tusan Beach Miri, a beachcomber’s heaven
By Patricia Hului
Can you imagine a sunset so colourful it looks like a life-sized watercolour painting?
How about walking along a beach with cliffs made of limestone and sandstone as high as 45m lined next to you?
Picture feeling soft sand between your toes while listening to the waves crashing on the beach in a steady tempo, and at the end of your beach stroll, coming face to face with a gigantic rock formation shaped like a majestic horse head stretched out from the cliff as if welcoming your visit to its territory.
Now imagine the very same beach at nightfall, only now it’s emanating a luminescent blue glow like a scene straight out of ‘Life of Pi’.
All of these impressive traits sound too good to exist in only one place… but they do.
This serenity exists in Tusan Beach, about 40km from Miri with just a half an hour from the city.
Last year, the site made headlines in The Borneo Post thanks to the Blue Tears phenomenon where algae called ‘dinoflagellates’ produces a blue glow when the water is disturbed by motion.
Tusan Beach is also famous for Batu Kuda, the rock formation that looks like a horse’s head.
My first visit to Tusan Beach was about four years ago and there was no proper sign for visitors back then.
Now there is at least a wooden sign made by the villagers nearby indicating the junction to Tusan beach.
Turning into the beach junction from Bintulu-Miri’s coastal road will lead you to a straight stretch of tarred road passing through a couple of kampong houses and oil palm trees.
Back then, there was no trail to the beach (at least, not to my knowledge) and all I could do was admire the beach view from the top of the cliff.
During my recent visit back, I noticed some additions made for this hidden beauty.
Now, there is a trail which leads visitors to the beach below and benches provided for those who prefer to stay on the cliffs to take in the view.
There are also garbage bins provided and a sign to remind visitors not to vandalise the rocky cliff.
Furthermore, the two nearby villages, Kampung Terahad and Kampung Angus came together to build a public toilet for visitors’ convenience.
The villagers have now opened up wooden stalls selling drinks and barbequed delicacies.
Last February, Bekenu Assemblywoman Rosey Yunus announced the government would develop Tusan beach into a recreational and tourism attraction for northern Sarawak.
She also disclosed that Subis District Council would install safety guardrails at the beach’s hilly area and build a staircase downhill to the beach as well as install street lighting.
With social media buzz on the beach and it being more accessible than it used to be, the improvements have made Tusan Beach more popular.
Many, especially families came just to explore the coastline and enjoy the beautiful sunset that bathes the beach in a warm glow.
Thankfully, the beach has only drawn responsible visitors so far.
Let Tusan Beach be your next holiday getaway
Almost everyone with a social media account has read about ‘Places you must visit before you die’.
Browsing through those captivating photos of these viral posts can be heartbreaking for travel junkies who do not have much to spend on their vacations.
Here in the Sarawak, there are still many places which have yet to be explored, appreciated and enjoyed without burning a hole in our pockets.
And if you are a beachcomber, Tusan Beach is definitely one of the ‘Places you must visit before you die’.