PLACES OF INTEREST1. DUTY FREE ISLAND
Labuan enjoys a tax-free status that makes it the perfect place to find imported products at bargain prices. Visit this freetrade zone to choose from an assortment of perfumes, chocolates, cosmetics, liquor, cigarettes, textiles, leather goods, electrical appliances, electronic gadgets, pens and watches.
I) WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL Jalan Tanjung Batu
Located along Jalan Tanjung Batu lies the final resting place of some 3,908 war heroes – the Labuan War Memorial. This beautifully landscaped memorial garden pays tribute to the Australian, British, India and New Zealand servicemen as well as local heroes who fought and fell during World War II. Also laid to rest here are some of those who died during the infamous Sandakan-Ranau death march, where the Japanese marched prisoners of w.ar from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945.
The manicured lawns are dotted with rows of white headstones that mark the graves, while panel on the colonnade bear the names of every soldier interned here. The Memorial is regularly visited by war veterans groups, some all the way from Australia who consider Labuan an important destination on the battlefield tour curcuit. Remembrance Day is held on the first Sunday of November each year to honour and remember the fallen servicemen. The War Memorial was constructed and is maintained by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.'
II) THE CHIMNEY Tanjung Kubong
Commonly associated with Labuan, the Chimney is somewhat of mystery. The 106-feet high structure was made from 23,000 pieces of red bricks imported from England. It was originally thought to be a ventilation stack. Recently, it was discovered that there are no traces of smoke within, thus making its purpose and existence a puzzle. The Chimney is situated at the Chimney Historical Complex. The Information Centre here details the coal mining industry in Tanjung Kubong since 1847.
Some say that the Chimney is an unfinished mansion. Others say that it served as a lighthouse for passing ships. Until today, its existence remains a mystery.
It is the winner of a Green Apple Award 2013 for the Built Environment and Architechtural Heritage.3. BEACHES
Take a stroll along Batu Manikar Beach, fringed with casuarinas and swaying coconut trees. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze upon your cheek as the lapping waves serenade you. Joggers are often seen here, enjoying the footpath encircling the area while others prefer a relaxing walk. Come 6pm, the attention turns to the changing hues of the sky; a brilliant spatter of orange and red as Labuan encounters yet another glorious sunset. Don't forget to catch the encore the same time, the next day.
The 9km strecth from batu Manikar Beach to Sungai Miri Beach, winner of one of the categories in COBSEA Clean Beach Award 2008 a recognition given by United Nations Environment Programme.4. HOMESTAY AND SEAFOOD
A trip to Labuan would be incomplete without visiting the water villages. The main villages are Kampung Patau-Patau I and II. These homes are built on stilts above the water and can be quite big. Most homes have airy, cooling verandahs that are decorated with potted plants and flowers. The villages were established by Malay fishermen and traders from Brunei.
Stay in a scenic Malay village, or live in a water village. To experience the lifestyle of the locals, visitors can participate in a homestay program. Kampung Patau-Patau II is the oldest water village in Malaysia and the only water village homestay in the country.
Pamper your palate with some of the freshtest seafood, literally right out of the water, fresh onto your table. If crabs are picked, look no further than Anjung Ketam located just off Jalan Tanjung Aru. Select any of the stalls and have your crabs cooked to your preference. Other than Anjung Ketam, you can get delightful food from Anjung Ikan Bakar at Jalan Lubok Temiang and eco-tourism restaurant at Jalan Kinabenuwa. The choice is yours.5. SHIP WRECKS
Dive deep and back into time. Explore the ship wrecks of yesterday found in the surrounding waters of Labuan during a wreckdiving excursion. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned diver, wreck-diving offers you a chance to explore a site of devastation transformed into a stunning marine paradise.You can go wreck diving at the following four dive sites:
I) American Wreck
The wreck lies at a depth of approximately 33 metres.
II) Australian Wreck
Sunk 23km southwest of Labuan, its shallowest depth is 24 metres.
III) Blue Water Wreck
This fishing trawler from the Phillipines sank in 1981; considered the most popular wreck; this Blue Water Wreck is named after the surrounding crystal blue waters and has good visibility.
IV) Cement Wreck
Located some 21km off Labuan, east of Kuraman Island, this wreck sits perfectly upright at about 30metres depth.
THERE'S MUCH MORE IN LABUAN
Despite the small size, Labuan has a number of places that are of interest to tourists, including:* Labuan Square
* Labuan Gudwara Sahib (Sikh Temple)
* Museum Square
* Labuan Bazaar
* Tanjung Kubong Tunnel
* Mini Agriculture Park, Kilan
* Papan Island
* Jamek An'Nur Mosque
* Labuan International Sea Sport Complex
* Chinese 'Eight Reity' Temple
* Labuan Bird Park
* Labuan Walk
* Peace Park
* Surrender Point
* Kinabenua Wetland & Mangrove Forest
* Labuan Marine Museum
* Labuan Botanical Gardens
Getting There:By Air
Labuan is well-linked by air. It is easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), situated in Peninsular Malaysia. It is also accessible from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah and Miri in Sarawak. Labuan is served by Malaysia Airlines, MASWings as well as Air Asia.By Sea
The International Ferry Terminal receives ferries from Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam. The journey from Kota Kinabalu takes about three hours. From Brunei Darussalam, Limbang and Lawas in Sarawak, Labuan is accessible in only one hour. Alternatively, visitors can take the speed boat or the passanger ferry (capable of accommodating vehicles) from Menumbok in Sabah.Getting Around
Getting around Labuan is relatively easy. The island's excellent road network links Labuan's main town with other parts of the island. It takes about 2-3 hours to go around the island by road. Taxis are the popular mode of transport. Alternatively, 24-hour call taxi services are available. Car, motorbike and bicycle rentals for self-drives can be arranged.