The Federal Territory comprises Labuan Island and six other
smaller islands that, together with Labuan, have an area of 92 km≤. The islands
lie 8 km off the coast of Borneo adjacent to the Malaysian state of Sabah and
the independent State of Brunei Darulssalam and are on the northern edge of
Brunei Bay facing the South China Sea. Labuan is largely flat and undulating and
the highest point is only 85 metres. More than 70 percent of the island is still
covered with vegetation. Bandar Labuan or Labuan Town, formerly known as
Victoria, is the major town and Port and faces Brunei Bay.
Sights - Labuanís attraction
The now protected islands of Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Rusukan
Kecil and Pulau Rusukan Besar of the Labuan Marine Park
has little to offer but a place to relax. The water is clear and beaches are
clean but the sand not powdery white as in other islands. The snorkeling are not
the best as there is little or no corals from dynamite fishing. What is good is
there is little crowds, but just you, a book and the sea breeze. Try to hire
boats from the jetty at the Market to the islands.
Labuan Marine Museum
This museum was set up to preserve the precious
marine heritage of Labuan. Conceptualised after a ship, visitors enter the
museum through a metal bridge and are exposed to myriad aquariums displaying all
kinds of marine life. Once can also touch and feel starfishes, sea cucumbers and
king crabs. Free Admission, 9am-5pm.
Peace Park was built as a memorial and
renunciation of the horrors of the Second World War. Prominently seen in the
park is a large raised-mound with two walls, surrounded by landscaped gardens
and pavilions. Arched bridges over tranquil ponds and shaded gazebos create a
feeling of serenity.
Surrender point is where the 37th Japanese
Southern Army surrendered to the 9th Division Australian Imperial Forces on 9th
September 1945 which led to the end of World War II in Borneo. Southeast Asia's
first war crime trials were also conducted in this area.
World War II Memorial
The World War II Memorial is a beautifully
landscaped memorial garden and the final resting place of 3,908 war heroes who
died in the war. Every year in November a commemoration is held to honour the
lives of the valiant men who fought during the war.
There are many water villages in Labuan but the
main ones are Kampung Patau-Patau and Kampung Bebuloh Laut. Each house is
connected to the other by cement walkways. It is an interesting stroll through
these houses with brightly coloured blooms.
About five minutes from Labuan town, is the
Botanical Gardens which was previously the grounds of the Government House,
locally known as 'Bumbung 12'. Built in 1852, the house was a long and low
structure with an interesting roof design. The Botanical Gardens is a
recreational park with old tress and beautiful landscaping.
The Chimney is a 106 foot high red brick stack
believed to be linked to the coal mining days of Labuan. In its heyday, a
thriving settlement was built at the seafront area below the Chimney. It was
then used as a bell tower to announce the arrival of ships to the residents
below. The structure has become an intriguing mystery that fascinates locals and
Labuan Bird Park
The labuan Bird Park is located near the Chimney
structure. The park has three large dome-like cages amidst a sprawling
landscape. Enhance your knowledge on the feathered species as you encounter
hornbills, kingfishers, sharmas, mynas, peacocks and herons.
Island offers some of the best wreck diving. Four shipwrecks have been
discovered off Labuan. The American Wreck
is the USS Salute, a minesweeper located 33m at the bottom was built in the late
1943, and sunk by a mine in 1945. The Australian Wreck
was a freighter built in Rotterdam, which fell into the hands of the Japanese.
It was sunk by the Australian Air Force in 1945. The Cement Wreck
is the MV Tung Hwang, a freighter that hit a sandbank in 1980 and sunk. It was
carrying cement for the sultan of Bruneiís new palace. This is the easiest to
dive and often used for wreck dive training. The Blue Water Wreck
is the MV Mabini Padre, a Philippine trawler that sank in 1981. Borneo Divers, a
dive operator, have an office in the Waterfront Labuan Hotel to arrange dives.
Places to stay
Melati Inn. Tel : (6087) 416307, Price : RM48
Hotel Sri Villa. Tel : (6087) 413605, Price : RM35-40
Hotel Mariner. Tel : (6087) 418822, Price : RM82-136
Ambassador Hotel. Tel : (6087) 423233, Price : RM60-80
Global Hotel. Tel : (6087) 425201, Price: RM69-99
Waterfront Labuan Hotel. Tel (6087) 418111, Price RM178-200
Flights are available from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Miri and Kuching. Labuan
is a 20 minute boat ride from Menumbok, a small fishing town on the mainland of
Sabah. High speed air conditioned ferries travel daily from Sabah, Sarawak and
Stay in a
traditional home instead of a hotel and get a feel of the
kampung(village life). Please see homestay link.
Labuan Tourist Information Centre, Lot 4260, Jalan Dewan/Jalan Berjaya, Labuan
87007, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan
Phone: +6087-423 445 Fax: +6087-423 446 Email:
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