Tusan Beach in Bekenu, located about 40 kilometres from here, is gaining popularity among the tourists with its latest offering - ‘blue tears’ phenomenon - after the pictures of bright blue lights went viral on social media.
Prior to ‘blue tears’ discovery, Tusan was only famous among the locals and photography enthusiasts for stunning sunsets and beautiful landscapes.
Located along Jalan Pesisir Pantai Miri-Bekenu, Tusan’s location was quite secluded, and as if to add ‘mystery’ to this place, visitors, after driving through palm oil plantation, need to descend 30 metres down the cliff to arrive on the beach.
Every week hundreds of visitors flocked to the beach to witness the ‘blue tears’ phenomenon, also called ‘bio-luminescence’ that occurs when micro-organisms in the water interrupted by oxygen to produce bright blue light on the beach.
In addition to the ‘blue tears’, other attractions in Tusan include the cliffs in Tanjung Layang-Layang which also known as ‘Horse Stone’ among visitors because the shape of the rocks resembles of a horse drinking water, besides several small caves with fascinating rock landscapes along the coast.
Resident of a nearby village, Rosli Mohidi, 43, said ‘blue tears’ phenomenon was detected around September 2015 and lasted through December, and for this year ‘blue tears’ have been detected since last month (November).