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Where in the world: Asia  /  Malaysia  /  Sabah  /  Labuan Island

Top 15 things to do in Labuan Island

1. Labuan War Cemetery

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. MChimney

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3. Financial Park

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4. Labuan Island Historical Tour from Kota Kinabalu

FROM $248
Take the earliest ferry or flight to Labuan Island which lies off the west coast of Sabah. It came under Federal Territory jurisdiction on April 16, 1984. The only duty free port that is the nearest to Sabah and with business centre for barter trade with the Southern Philippines. Upon arrival, meet by the local guide for a guided tour to visit the Japanese Imperial Surrender Point, Commonwealth War Memorial and proceed for a sightseeing tour around town. Here, lunch will be served at the local restaurant. After shopping at the duty free shop, you will take the return journey to Kota Kinabalu in the late afternoon.
Suggested duration: 8h
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5. Surrender Point

Visit Surrender Point, an historical site commemorated with simple, small memorial. The place where Japanese forces officially surrendered to Australian Major General George Wootten on September 10, 1945, the memorial marks the location of international importance, while also commemorating the lives lost in the Pacific Theater. Simple information panels tell the story of World War II in the wider arena and detail the grimness and struggle of life on the island during the war. The memorial sits adjacent to the Peace Park, a shared venture between Malaysian and Japanese authorities that's designed to draw the two countries closer together in the modern era.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Labuan Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Labuan Bird Park, Labuan Town

Make a brief stop at Labuan Bird Park for a chance to see a wide variety of bird species kept in captivity. Cockatoos, hornbills, kingfishers, sharmas, and even ostriches can be observed here. Approach with caution if seeing animals in captivity is likely to upset you, and don't be surprised by the park's relatively poor living conditions.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Layang-layang Beach

Quiet and peaceful Layang-layang Beach was the site of a major World War II battle between the Allied and Japanese troops. Since seaweeds cover the seabed, the water is murky and not suitable for diving or swimming, but you can stroll on soft sand and look for seashells, play sports, or catch a banana boat ride. Nearby points of interest include Peace Park and Surrender Point, built by the Japanese to honor soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war. The park features a beachside jogging track and food stalls selling satay (peanut sauce).
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Labuan International Golf Club

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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11. Labuan Marine Museum

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Pulau Papan, Labuan Town

Tourists and locals love Pulau Papan for its picturesque sandy beach and pristine blue water. A colonial lighthouse captures the interest of visitors with an inclination towards historical sightseeing. The verdant park surrounding the beach showcases varied and interesting plant life, ideal for the amateur botanists. Other activities include jungle treks and snorkeling. The beach is often crowded, so come prepared with all of your essentials.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Peace Park

Located close to the point where the Japanese forces officially surrendered during World War II, Peace Park acts a memorial to the lives lost during the conflict and a symbol of the growing relationship between Japan and Malaysia in modern times. The park's design is simple and encourages quiet contemplation. The main memorial is a stark stone construction, appropriately unadorned and empty of color. A shared project between Japanese and local authorities, the park symbolizes the horrors of war and the hope present in peace and collaboration between nations who were once enemies.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Masjid Jamek An-nur

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Pulau Rusukan Besar, Labuan Town

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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