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The rich marine life in the waters off Labuan Island attract many sportfishing enthusiasts for year round fishing. Tuna, dorado, mackeral, black marlin and sailfish feed on abundant food brought by warm ocean currents from the surrounding sea.
Coastal fishing around the coral reefs and bottom structurcs off Lahuan yield coral trout, grouper and red snapper. The mangrove swamps are rich in barramundi, mangrove jacks and terpon.
The marine park situated 2 kilometers off the southern coast of Labuan main island is an eco-diving and snorkeling haven. The three secluded islets are surrounded by fringing coral reefs which make it a verirable snorkellers paradise. Snorkellers can enjoy the reefs everywhere. Sign
up for a course of instruction or take part in one of the park's guided snorkeling excurisions. Learn ahout the wonderful creatures you will be visiting on your next snorkel trip.
The park hoasts some of the best developed coral reefs in the South China Sea. There are more
than 20 spectacular dive sites. Reef thrashers stay home - Labuan marine park is for eco-divers only.
The clear waters and colourful coral reefs off the island make for fantastic snorkeling. Brightly-coloured fishes dart through the living underwater garden and snorkelers will be mesmerised by the ever-changing scenery in front of them. Snorkeling gear may be hired from hotel leisure centres.
Four wrecks await exploration by diving enthusiasts.The Australian Wreck lies southwest of Pulau Rusukan Besar about 23km from Lahuan. Experienced divers will enjoy exploring the interior of this wreck.
The American Wreck lies southeast of Pulau Rusukan Kecil, 1.4 km from the Australian Wreck. It was formerly the USS Salure, a US Navy mine sweeper which went down in 1945.
The Blue Water Wreck is located northeast of Pulau Kuraman, 34 km from Lahuan. The clear waters in which it lies provide the best visibility of all the wrecks.
The Cement Wreck — This freighter was transporting cement to Brunei for the Sultans new palace
when it hit the Semarang Bank and sank. It lies east of Pulau Kumaran, 21 km from Labuan and sits on the sea bed in an upright position.
‘The Cement Wreck has been dubbed the world‘s most colourful and photogenic wreck'
The marine park is sheltered from rough seas but with a good costant offshore wind which is perfect for dinghy sailing. There are plenty of sailing opportunities both for novices and advance sailors.
Also known as personal water craft(PWC), jet-skis are fast gaining popularity. Jet-ski tours are
organised by various tour operators and can last up to 3 hours. They pass along the Menumbok
River as well as circle around Labuan island.
There is also the Annual Jet Ski Challenge and other privately organised races. Crafts may be by
the hour from the Labuan Water Sports Centre.
Sea Snake Watching
Just five minutes boat ride from Pulau Kuraman is a litte reef atoll which is home to hundreds of
sea snakes. The most commonly seen is the sea krait with its distinctive black and white markings which make them a beautiful and dramatic sight.
Kayaking in the warers off the island is available through the Manikar Beach Resort. It has both single and double Kayaks for hire.
Proboscis monkey (Nasalis Larvatus) is one of the largest monkeys in the world and is found in coastal swamp forests of Borneo. The male proboscis monkey with its long and pendulous nose and an outsized stomach has a harem of up to 10 females attracted by his weird good looks. It feeds mainly on leaves and seeds from a variety of trees. You can catch a glimpse of these elusive monkeys on the river banks of Menumbok which is only 20 minutes boat ride from Labuan. Contact Labuan Water Sports Centre Tel: 087-411475 for a special Proboscis Monkey cruise.
The Labuan Horse-riding Center is presently the only pony and horse-riding facility available on the island which caters to the public. The many sandy beaches and kilometres of open country roads offer hours of pleasurable riding. It is definitely a unique way of going sight-seeing.
The center offers various rides like the Layangan Beach ride and Paddock ride. They also offer riding lessons and horse hire. They are located next to Taman Damai at Kg. Layang-Layangan. Tel: 087-466828
Duty Free Shopping & Branded Import
Shoppers around the region will enjoy the duty-free shopping here. Textiles and ready-to-wear fashions are much sought after, as well as leather bags and shoes, wallets and belts. There is a
wide range of perfumes, cosmetics and skin-care items and electrical and electronic goods. Liquors and beers, wine and tobacco are also popular shopping list items. And not forgetting chocolates and candy
It is happy hours all day long on this island. Visitors will appreciate the duty free price of drinks at the many pubs and lounges around the town. Check out the Pantai Lounge and the
Pool Deck und Bar at the Manikar, Someplace Else fun pub at Sheraton, Anchorage Karaoke Lounge and the Sunset Bar at the Waterfront Hotel and Cheers Pub at Tiara. Not forgetting the Yacht club, Golf club, coffeeshops and pubs.
Place of Interest
Labuan Bird Park
Located near die Tanjung Kubong Tunnel. This Birds Park shows a large variety of tropical birds from around the region such as hornhills, kingfishers, sharmas, mynas, herons and maybe even ostriches and peacocks.
Situated at Layang-Layangan. This beauritully landscaped park was built as a memorial and renunciation of the horrors of war. A huge man-made mound is the focal point and there is a plague signifying the rrenunciation of war.
Japanese Surrender Point
Also at Layang-Layangan. This is where the 37th Japanese Southern Army surrendered to the Division Australian Imperial Forces on 9th September 1945 which led to the end of WWII in Borneo. It is also in this area that South East Asia‘s first war crime trials were conducted.
UMS International Campus
University Malaysia Sabah International Campus located at the Kiamsam area. It is known for its special focus on multimedia and offshore finance studies. lt is the only university on the island.
Labuan Marine Park
The three islands of Rusukan Kecil, Rusukan Besar and Kuraman make up this Park. Its wide sandy beaches are perfcct for picnic and sun bathing. As it is dose to the wreck-dive sites, many divers use it as their base. Rusukan Besar still has dense forest, but is nice for picnicking, swimming and snorkelling. Rusukan Kecil in its unspoilt stare is suitable for camping. An atoll in the middle of the marine park has many snake sheltering there.
Water Village (Kampung Air)
There are two main water villages namely Kampung Bebuloh and Kampung Patau-Patau. The residents are mainly the Brunei Malay. The wooden houses are built on stilts over water and are connected to each other by numerous wooden walkways. Almost every house has its own boat. The houses can be quite large and they all have a cool verandah in front. Some are very eye-catching with pots of brightly colored bougainvillea and orchid plants. The village consists of large communities with shops, mosques and other facilities.
Labuan Square (Daratan Merdeka)
The heart of Bandar Labuan, formally known as Victoria town.Flags of all the Malaysian states flutter beside the town Padang. Nearby are the four historical "flame of forest" trees. Many stone plaques recall the historical events of Labuan throughout the years.
The Financial Park Complex
The Financial Park is the most impressive building in Labuan. This 17—storey complex with a built—up area of one million sqtuare feet stands as a landmark for the island‘s status as an International Offshore Financial Center. Within this complex are office blocks, condominiums and shopping arcades. It houses the Labuan Convention Hall, an ultra modern facility which can seat 1,500 people. The Financial Park provides an integrated working and living environment with facilities and services like broadband telecommunication facilities for offshore banking and other business activitics.
WWII Memorial (Labuan War Cemetery)
Situated at Jahn Tanjung Batu. 3,905 graves of soldiers (mostly Australians and British lie here. A memorial service is held on the nearest Sunday to 11th of Novemher. This memorial is maintained
by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
An'Nur Jamek State Mosque
The An‘Nur Jamek Mosque, featuring futuristic architecturc, is the pride of Labuan‘s Muslims and symbolises the progressive spirit of the people of Labuan.
The new Lahuan Airport Terminal is only 2 kilometers from the town center. The airport has four air bridges and stare-of-the-art passenger and baggage handling facilities. It features duty free shops and beauriful landscapping.
Situated at Tanjung Kubong, this 106 feet high structure is Labuan‘s most well-known landmark. It was built in the 1800‘s. The actual purpose of the chimney is still a mystrery but many believe it served as a ventilation shaft. Recent archacological study found no traces of smokes to suggest its use as a chimney. Various hypothesis has been put forward to its actual use and purpose. .
Tanjung Kubong Tunnel
This is the site of the coal-mining industry from 1847 till 1911. It has left many tunnels and deep Wells that are believed to be connected underground. The area beckons to the adventurous and the curious.