Labuan, located in the South China Sea about 5 miles off the coast of Sabah, is a charming island port and Malaysia's only deep-water anchorage. Seen from the air, Labuan has often been likened to a star floating on a turquoise sea. A thriving duty-free port and international offshore financial center, Labuan has developed into an important venue for business and commerce. The island offers several excellent hotels and international venues for meetings, conventions and trade exhibitions.
Places of Interest
Labuan island is reputed to be a diving and fishing haven. The coral reefs in these waters are some of the best around, while the Lucornia Shoals make great fishing grounds for game and deep-sea fishing enthusiasts. Diving and fishing trips can be arranged at hotels and local travel agents.
Labuan is a haven for wreck diving. The four wrecks located within Labuan's waters, namely the Blue Water, Cement, American, and Australian wrecks, are easily accessible. The types of diving skill required on these wrecks are rated from novice to experienced, with penetration into the hulls. Professional diver operators cater for daily dive trips, as well as from Open water to Wreck Diving Specialty courses. The Cement Wreck can be dived by novices, but the Blue Water, American and Australian Wrecks require Advanced Divers or logged experience.
The Chimney - Standing 105 feet high, the Chimney is a relic from the coal-mining era of the 1800s. Coal was transported by a single rail track to Victoria Port in Labuan, which served as a station for ships sailing to the Far East. The Chimney is Labuan's most famous landmark.
Getting there: Local transport is available to Tanjong Kubong, outside Labuan town.
A landscaped cemetery dedicated to the Australian, New Zealand, and British Allied servicemen who lost their lives during the World War II. It also contains a section dedicated to the Punjab Regiment of Indian soldiers who died fighting alongside the servicemen.
Getting there: Take a taxi from Jalan Tun Mustapha or the town center.