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1. Beaches in Labuan

Beaches in Labuan
4.5 /5

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Located on the outskirts of Labuan town, the main Tanjung Batu Beach is a popular attraction amongst the locals in the Southern part of the island. The other beaches on the western coast or other areas are lesser known and an ideal getaway from crowded areas. None of the places are overcrowded and have crystal clear waters with spotless sandy beaches. The beautiful beaches offer breathtaking views and of the North Borneo shoreline and calm sunsets. Therer are also a few food stalls dotted around the beach, serving local food.

2. Labuan Marine Museum

Labuan Marine Museum
4.1 /5

13 km
from city center
2 out of 20
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Primarily emphasising on marine life, the interesting Labuan Marine Museum is located next to the Ramsey Point in town and it aims to educate visitors about life underwater. It showcases a variety of marine exhibits describing the historical importance of the natural heritage. The beautiful aquariums have a number of tropical fishes and corals along with an enormous whale skeleton outside to study the structure of whales.

3. Labuan Museum

Labuan Museum
4.2 /5

12 km
from city center
3 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

The small intriguing museum located in central Labuan, was established to display the rich cultural background and heritage of the Labuan locals from the 15th century. A very informative place with details presented in a concise manner, this interesting museum describes the struggle of people to uphold their virtues under Brunei, Japanese and British rule. It exhibits a collection of artefacts from WWII era, possessions, ornaments, firearms, musical instruments, etc. from over the centuries. It is a few minutes walk from the island’s ferry terminal.

4. Patau-Patau Water Village

Patau-Patau Water Village
4.1 /5

11 km
from city center
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The Patau-Patau Water Village situated on the outskirts of the town. The village is basically a well-designed network of beautifully structured houses along with some inter-connected paths bordered with pot plants, built on stilts over shallow blue waters at the Labuan Harbour. The locals are friendly and the houses are pristine decorated finely with green plants and shrubs providing a lovely insight into the Malaysian culture and tradition.

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5. Labuan Botanical Garden

Labuan Botanical Garden
4.2 /5

13 km
from city center
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Labuan Botanical Garden is located close to the old airport of the island and was formerly known as the Government House. The recreational park has some fantastic lush green landscapes and scenic old trees. The botanical garden maintains a herbal garden with a variety of herbs and spices along with a beautiful hibiscus garden displaying a large collection of species. These gardens have an artificial lake with an overhead bridge and pathways along with historical remains like storage tanks and graveyards from the WWII era.

6. Labuan Bird Park

Labuan Bird Park
3.9 /5

15 km
from city center
6 out of 20
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Also known as Taman Burung Labuan, the Labuan Bird Park is a well-maintained bird sanctuary located at the extreme north of the island. The park is a scenic area with green tropical rainforests and a diverse flora and fauna. It boasts of three magnificent domes that are inter-connected by tunnels allowing birds like peacock, hornbills, etc. to move about freely in their natural habitat and for visitors to admire. The bird park houses a building within its premises that is a museum.

7. Chimney Museum

Chimney Museum
4.3 /5

14 km
from city center
7 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

Located at the northernmost tip of Labuan island, the Chimney Museum is dedicated to the coal mining history and its practices under the British Empire. Built in the 19th century, this brick building has an extensive display of coal mining artifacts and samples along with a detailed explanation of the coal mining procedures. The place also has an information centre and discovery room to learn about the coal mining pursuits in the country.

8. Labuan War Cemetery

Labuan War Cemetery
4.6 /5

14 km
from city center
8 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

Located at the Jalan Tanjung Batu, about 10 mins away from the main town, Labuan World War II Memorial serves as a respectful remembrance of many unknown Australian, Indian, Malaysian and British soldiers that lost their lives defending the island against Japanese invasion. A calm, peaceful and well-maintained area with numerous graves, it also happens to be Malaysia’s largest war graveyard.

9. Peace Park

Peace Park
4.3 /5

3 km
from city center
9 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

The Peace Park is located on the western coast at the Layang Layangan beach, about 8km from the town of Labuan. Built as a World War II memorial in 1972, the park has a magnificent mound with an inscription about peace, surrounded by high arched walls. The park has immaculately maintained gardens and trees along with some lakes, ponds and bridges. The place offers some clean toilet amenities if required.

10. Surrender Point

Surrender Point
4.2 /5

6 km
from city center
10 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

Located at the west coast of the Labuan island next to the Peace Park, the surrender point has a historical significance as the Japanese army completely surrendered themselves to the allied forces in 1945. It was constructed by the government to acknowledge the importance of World peace and to honour the lives lost in World War II.

11. Shopping on Labuan Island

Shopping on Labuan Island
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Known for its duty-free shopping status, Labuan island has become a destination to shop for a variety of items especially alcohol, cigarettes and chocolates because of its high availability and inexpensive nature. Ujana Kewangan happens to be the only shopping mall on the island with a few supermarkets, fast food chains, retail shops and a departmental store.

12. Scuba Diving in Labuan Island

Scuba Diving in Labuan Island
4.6 /5

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Labuan island has become a popular attraction for divers and snorkelers due to its crystal clear waters that provide great range and visibility along with some beautiful coral reefs, tropical fishes and an extensive marine life. The island widely boasts four diving hotspots that are Blue Water Wreck, American Wreck, Cement Wreck and Australian Wreck. On rent diving gear is available at any of the common places close to the diving areas.

13. Layang-Layang Beach

Layang-Layang Beach
4.2 /5

6 km
from city center
13 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

Situated towards Labaun’s northeast, the soft, white sands of Layang-Layangan Beach face the South China Sea. Though the waters are calm, seaweeds on the seabed make it unsuitable for diving or swimming. Instead, you can sunbathe on the clean beach, take banana boat rides, buy satay from beachside vendors, and enjoy unobstructed views of sunsets on the sea. There also is a jogging track right next to the beach, a Peace Park and a Surrender Point built by the Japanese to honour their soldiers. The beach is a 20-minute taxi ride away from the town of Labuan.

14. Financial Park

Financial Park
4.0 /5

13 km
from city center
14 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

The Labuan Financial Park has two floors dedicated to retail stores along with corporate office towers, convention halls and meeting rooms, and a residential block. With duty-free shops, department stores and the like, shopaholics must visit the retail section of this complex. There also is a cinema hall and numerous restaurants, and the easy availability of fast food makes this place a great stop along the way. The Financial Park is the largest integrated commercial landmark on the island of Labuan.

15. Pulau Papan

Pulau Papan
4.4 /5

16 km
from city center
15 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

A 5-minute boat ride from Labuan Jetty, the islet of Papan (Pulau Papan) is a great place to unwind, whether you’re out with friends or with family. The clear waters of the island make it an excellent spot for snorkelling and exploring the diverse reef life, while tourists often fly kites and build sandcastles on the sandy shores. Tropical evergreen forests cover most of the island, and hikers can try trekking through the lush green forests. There are numerous campsites across the islet, as well as a few chalets.

16. Pohon Batu

Pohon Batu
4.5 /5

11 km
from city center
16 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

Pohon Batu Beach is a great place to escape from the hecticness of life in Labuan. On the beach is a sandy park with human-made obstacles to make for a challenging yet fun experience. Local fishermen also set up stalls right on the beach, selling their catches of the day. The beach is a relaxing place, sitting on which you can enjoy sunsets on the South China Sea.

17. Pancur Hitam Beach

Pancur Hitam Beach
4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
17 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

As much a landscaped park as a beach, Pancur Hitam Beach is always packed, such is its popularity among both tourists and locals. On the beach is a recreational area where visitors can play games and sports like volleyball, as well as spots for camping and barbecuing. Local vendor shops sell coconut water and local delicacies like satays next to the beach. There also is a path leading from the beach to the highest point on the island of Labuan, Bukit Phon Batu. Hikers can enjoy beautiful views of the island of Labuan from the peak.

18. Labuan's Chimney

Labuan's Chimney
4.3 /5

14 km
from city center
18 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

The Labuan Chimney was built in the early 1900s and is a remnant of the island’s coal mining era. The 32-metre-tall chimney is made from unplastered red bricks imported from Great Britain, and there also is a museum on site. The adjoining Chimney Museum showcases Labuan’s history of coal mining and also has exhibits on the chimney itself. The museum also houses over 600 exhibits excavated from around the site of the chimney. The Labuan Chimney is popular among photographers.

19. Gurdwara Sahib Labuan

Gurdwara Sahib Labuan
4.3 /5

13 km
from city center
19 out of 20
things to do in Labuan

The original wooden structure having been destroyed in a fire in 1967, the new, two-storeyed Gurdwara Sahib was reopened in 2000. The building has a tiled roof, with a large dome at the centre of the building and two smaller domes on the sides, and is inspired by the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The gurdwara is operational, hosting bi-weekly prayers on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, as well as Satsang programmes every Wednesday afternoon.

20. Labuan Clock Tower

Labuan Clock Tower
4.3 /5

13 km
from city center
20 out of 20
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The currently existing Labuan Clock Tower is a faithfully recreated replica of the original clock tower constructed by Chee Swee Cheng in 1906. The original clocktower survived the Second World War but was demolished by the British in 1948. The new clock tower was built in 2002. It chimes every hour and is lit up decoratively at night.

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