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Federal Territory of Labuan is located off the northwest coast of Borneo, north of Brunei Bay, and faces the South China Sea. It comprises the main island of Pulau Labuan and six smaller islands; Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Daat, Pulau Rusukan Besar, Pulau Rusukan Kecil, Pulau Papan and Pulau Burong.. It is located at 05 latitude North and 115 longitude East, and lies approximately 10 km southeast off the coast of the East Malaysian state of Sabah and 25 km north of Brunei. The Federal Territory of Labuan covers an area of 92 km2 and the main island of Labuan is only 75 km2..

The island is mainly flat and undulating and the highest point is only 85 metres.. More than 70 percent of the island is still under vegetation. Due to the fact that land utility is geared more towards property and industrial use, there is less agricultural activity in the area.. Most of the island's prime land, waterfront and suburbs are utilised for residential and tourism development. A sizeable area on the south western side of the island is utilised by shipbuilding, manufacturing and oil and gas industries..

Labuan has a tropical climate with two annual monsoon seasons - the South West monsoon from April to June and the North East monsoon from September to December. It is free from hurricanes and typhoons and enjoys good climate all year round.. Daily temperatures average between 28 to 32 degrees celsius.. The island's name came from Brunei Malay word " labohan " which means anchorage. Labuan had a glorious history under the rule of various empires. After the demise of the Majapahit Empire in the 14th century, Labuan came under the rule of the Brunei Sultanate..

On 24 December 1846, Captain G.R. Mundy, commanding H.M.S. Iris, took possession of Labuan, " In the Name of Her Majesty Victoria Queen of Great Britain and Ireland under the Direction of His Excellency Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane, C.B., Commander in Chief ".. The British had negotiated with the Sultanate of Brunei for Labuan among other things. by 1847 the British government concluded a Treaty of Friendship and Commerce with the Sultan of Brunei, at the same time acquiring the island of Labuan..

On 1 August 1848, Labuan was declared a free port and open to settlers. The Colonial Office took over Labuan in January 1906. In 1907 it became part of the Straits Settlements, a British colony comprising Singapore, Penang and Malacca.. During World War II, Labuan was occupied by the Japanese, along with other parts of what was then called British North Borneo (now Sabah). Thousands of Allied troops died in the fighting and eventual defeat of the Japanese in Labuan.. In 1963, Sabah joined the Federation of Malaysia, with Labuan included as a district of Sabah. In the 1984 Labuan Agreement, Sabah agreed to cede Labuan to the Federal Government of Malaysia..

Labuan became a Federal Territory, with a status equivalent to that of the states of Malaysia..

General Info

Labuan lbun is a federal territory off the coast of Borneo in East Malaysia. It is made up of the homonymous Labuan Island and six smaller islands, and is located off the coast of the state of Sabah.. Labuan's capital is Victoria and is best known as an offshore financial centre offering international financial and business services via Labuan IBFC since 1990 as well as being an offshore support hub for deepwater oil and gas activities in the region.. It is also a tourist destination for people travelling through Sabah, nearby Bruneians and scuba divers. The name Labuan derives from the Malay word labuhan which means harbour..

What To See

Duty Free Shopping - This is one of Labuan's known attractions. Its modern shopping centres carry a wide range of locally produced as well as imported goods. Most popular are spirits and tobacco, textiles and appliances.. Every end of the year, the island hosts a month long shopping carnival with attractive discounts. Cultural shows add to the excitement. International Offshore Financial Centre - Pulau Labuan is Asia's newest international offshore financial centre. The 65 foreign banks operating on the island offer sophisticated offshore banking services and numbered accounts facilities to the world's rich and famous..

World Class Sport Fishing Destination - Pulau Labuan is surrounded by six smaller islands namely Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Daat, Pulau Rusukan Besar, Pulau Rusukan Kecil, Pulau Papan and Pulau Burong.. The blue clear water around these idyllic islands is home to one of the world's richest coral and fishing grounds which offers unlimited deep sea tackling and coastal table fish catches.. World War II Sites - Pulau Labuan is a significant historical destination particularly from the time of World War II. The Labuan War Cemetery, Allied Landing Point and Japanese Surrender Park are three major World War II sites attracting foreign and local visitors alike..

A " Remembrance Day " is held every November at the Labuan War Cemetery to honour the 3,900 recorded graves of Fallen Heroes of World War II. This event is attended by Malaysian and foreign war veterans and family members of the Allied soldiers killed in action during the war between 1942 and 1945.. International Sea Sport Complex - Besides the various activities already mentioned, Labuan also hosts the International Sea Challenge in May every year which comprises four events - the Underwater Treasure Hunt, Jet Sport Challenge, Cross Channel Swim Challenge and Big Game Fishing Tournament..

Wreck Diving - Pulau Labuan has one of the best wreck diving sites in Asia. There are four wreck sites on the island's locally known as; Australian Wreck.. The Australian Wreck provides a very atmospheric dive thanks to the combination of the less than 10m visibility, rich coral growth, the skeletal remains of the ship, her tragic end and a reputation to be haunted.. American Wreck. The American Wreck has a rich and tragic history, having been capsized during the World War II era with the loss of 9 lives. This journey back in time is complete with the sightings of bullet clips, depth chargers, wire bottles and canon artifacts still intact..

Cement Wreck. The shallowest wreck in Labuan with its super structure rising to 19m and the way it sits makes it the easiest to pass through and great for wreck diving training for beginners.. The Cement Wreck also offers rare whale shark sightings to lucky divers. Blue Water Wreck. Also known as Mabini Padre, is a large Philippines fishing trawler, which caught fire and sank in 1981.. The completely intact vessel with masts lies on its side and is further enhanced by an abundance of marine life. However, at this moment there are no diving operators in Labuan itself, and one has to organize a trip from Brunei or Sabah..

The Chimney - The Chimney is just a short drive from the town just like any other destination due to the island size. This 106 feet high red brick stack, also known by the local as Punil, is an artifact from Labuan's coal mining era (1847–1912).. However no one knows the true purpose of the chimney. Entry is free of charge.. Bird Park - The bird park is just opposite of the Chimney. Consist of 3 major dome connected together. Houses a number of species of bird. Entrance is 3 RM for locals and 5 RM for foreigners..

Beaches - As the Pearl of South China Sea, it has beautiful stretches of beaches. The famous ones are Batu Manikar, Pancur Hitam and Layang layangan beach where the locals hang out and have a BBQ picnic during the weekend.. These beaches won the United Nation COBSEA Clean Beach Award 2008. The prestigious award is well deserved as every morning Labuan Corporation workers can be seen hard at work cleaning the beach from any rubbish and debris.. Kampung Air / Water Village - Interesting settlement where houses, shops, and mosques are built on wooden houses on the water shore. No boat is needed to get in to the village..

It is accessible by road till the parking areas near the entrance. You can then, choose to walk around the village on the wooden bridge or steel concrete walkways (e g Patau - Patau 1).. The villagers are friendly and don't mind tourists walking around their villages and snapping pictures.. Labuan International Golf Club - The only 18 hole golf course in Labuan that boasts a championship course designed by Ted Parslow. The golf club is owned by Perbadanan Labuan and managed by Saujana Scape & Greens Sdn Bhd..

The golf course boasts a beautiful setting bordered by a magnificent view of the South China Sea and cooling greenery.. Labuan Golf Club - The 9 hole Labuan Golf Course boasts a driving range, putting green, squash and tennis courts, gymnasium, swimming pool, restaurant and karaoke lounge.. Jamek An Nur Mosque - The largest mosque in Labuan. Features grey futuristic architecture.. Labuan Square - Parade ground with beautiful landscape and green field. New Year, Federal Territory Day and National Day celebrations are held here. A brand new shopping complex, Labuan Times Square currently under construction next to it..

How To Get In

There are daily flights to Labuan Airport (IATA; LBU) from Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia as well as 4 flights a day to Miri with MASWings and a couple more flights to and from Kota Kinabalu.. You can arrive in Labuan by ferry from Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Lawas, Limbang, Sipitang and Menumbok, where a vehicular ferry operates. Labuan is the usual port for changing boats for those getting from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei in a day by sea.. See the Kota Kinabalu to Brunei by land page for details..

To / from Brunei; Five ferries daily, with additional services during the weekends, run between Labuan and the Serasa Ferry Terminal in Muara, Brunei. The journey takes 1 and a half hour.. To / from Kota Kinabalu; At least two ferries daily at 08; 30 and 13; 00. From Kota Kinabalu, ferries depart at 08; 00 and 13; 30. The journey takes about between 3 hours and 3 hours and 15 minutes.. Rm34 in economy class (with air con).. To / from Lawas; One trip daily, departing Lawas at 08; 00 and Labuan at 12; 30..

To / from Limbang; Two trips daily, departing Limbang at 07; 30 and 08; 00 and Labuan at 12; 30 and 14; 00.. To / from Sipitang; Two ferries daily, departing Sipitang at 09; 00 and 10; 00 and Labuan at 09; 00 and 13; 00.. To / from Menumbok; An alternative way to visit Labuan from Kota Kinabalu. Buses will leave at 6; 40, 7; 30AM etc from Kota Kinabalu (RM15) and reach Menumbok in 2 ~ 2.5 hours.. The bus stop and ferry jetty in Menumbok are on the same street. Speed boat will depart when it is full. It takes 20 minutes and costs RM15. There are at least two Menumbok Express trips daily to Labuan, which will take 40 min to reach..

How To Get Around

Labuan Town is small enough to be comfortably explored on foot. The town is one of the most pedestrian friendly towns in Malaysia. You should not encounter any problems as most of the drivers here drive their vehicle in " slow motion ".. Most of the drivers will give priority to pedestrians that want to cross the street, something generally unheard of in the rest of Malaysia ! However, daytime temperatures maybe slightly higher than other parts of Malaysia.. For further destinations, bus services are available; some are vans which the locals refer to as ' buses'. Do take note that bus services end at 7PM everyday. Below are some bus routes that may be of interest..

One way bus journeys will cost a minimum of 1 Ringgit and not more than 3 Ringgit.. Bus No 3 (Yellow) to Labuan Hospital, Sports Complex, Sungai Bedaun, Bebuloh, Kiamsam.. Bus No 4 (Red) to Labuan Hospital, Layang layangan Beach, Peace Park, Surrender Point, Sungai Labu Homestay, Sungai Lada, Sekolah Menengah Sains Labuan and Universiti Malaysia Sabah Labuan International Campus.. Bus No 5 (Pink) to Kerupang, Tanjung Aru and Labuan's most famous seafood restaurants of Anjung Ketam and Terumbu Warisan, and Bukit Kuda Homestay..

Bus No 6 (Green) to Lajau, Labuan Matriculation College, The Chimney, Bird Park, Manikar Beach Resort, Batu Manikar Beach and Pancur Hitam Beach.. Taxis are also available mainly in the town center. However, usually you may need to go to the taxi station to catch one. Do agree on the fare first before you board, since no taxis in Labuan use meters.. Taxi stations can be found at;. Ujana Kewangan (Financial Park). Labuan International Ferry Terminal. Parking area in front of Labuan Supermarket. Otherwise, you may call Sri Ganti Taxi Service (24 hours) at 013-8838 882 or 019-8408 228..

There is another way of getting around - renting a scooter. Cost is as low as RM38 per 24H, and you can find rental places at the ferry terminal..

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What To See

Duty Free Shopping - This is one of Labuan's known attractions. Its modern shopping centres carry a wide range of locally produced as well as imported goods. Most popular are spirits and tobacco, textiles and appliances.. Every end of the year, the island hosts a month long shopping carnival with attractive discounts. Cultural shows add to the excitement. International Offshore Financial Centre - Pulau Labuan is Asia's newest international offshore financial centre. The 65 foreign banks operating on the island offer sophisticated offshore banking services and numbered accounts facilities to the world's rich and famous..

World Class Sport Fishing Destination - Pulau Labuan is surrounded by six smaller islands namely Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Daat, Pulau Rusukan Besar, Pulau Rusukan Kecil, Pulau Papan and Pulau Burong.. The blue clear water around these idyllic islands is home to one of the world's richest coral and fishing grounds which offers unlimited deep sea tackling and coastal table fish catches.. World War II Sites - Pulau Labuan is a significant historical destination particularly from the time of World War II. The Labuan War Cemetery, Allied Landing Point and Japanese Surrender Park are three major World War II sites attracting foreign and local visitors alike..

A " Remembrance Day " is held every November at the Labuan War Cemetery to honour the 3,900 recorded graves of Fallen Heroes of World War II. This event is attended by Malaysian and foreign war veterans and family members of the Allied soldiers killed in action during the war between 1942 and 1945.. International Sea Sport Complex - Besides the various activities already mentioned, Labuan also hosts the International Sea Challenge in May every year which comprises four events - the Underwater Treasure Hunt, Jet Sport Challenge, Cross Channel Swim Challenge and Big Game Fishing Tournament..

Wreck Diving - Pulau Labuan has one of the best wreck diving sites in Asia. There are four wreck sites on the island's locally known as; Australian Wreck.. The Australian Wreck provides a very atmospheric dive thanks to the combination of the less than 10m visibility, rich coral growth, the skeletal remains of the ship, her tragic end and a reputation to be haunted.. American Wreck. The American Wreck has a rich and tragic history, having been capsized during the World War II era with the loss of 9 lives. This journey back in time is complete with the sightings of bullet clips, depth chargers, wire bottles and canon artifacts still intact..

Cement Wreck. The shallowest wreck in Labuan with its super structure rising to 19m and the way it sits makes it the easiest to pass through and great for wreck diving training for beginners.. The Cement Wreck also offers rare whale shark sightings to lucky divers. Blue Water Wreck. Also known as Mabini Padre, is a large Philippines fishing trawler, which caught fire and sank in 1981.. The completely intact vessel with masts lies on its side and is further enhanced by an abundance of marine life. However, at this moment there are no diving operators in Labuan itself, and one has to organize a trip from Brunei or Sabah..

The Chimney - The Chimney is just a short drive from the town just like any other destination due to the island size. This 106 feet high red brick stack, also known by the local as Punil, is an artifact from Labuan's coal mining era (1847–1912).. However no one knows the true purpose of the chimney. Entry is free of charge.. Bird Park - The bird park is just opposite of the Chimney. Consist of 3 major dome connected together. Houses a number of species of bird. Entrance is 3 RM for locals and 5 RM for foreigners..

Beaches - As the Pearl of South China Sea, it has beautiful stretches of beaches. The famous ones are Batu Manikar, Pancur Hitam and Layang layangan beach where the locals hang out and have a BBQ picnic during the weekend.. These beaches won the United Nation COBSEA Clean Beach Award 2008. The prestigious award is well deserved as every morning Labuan Corporation workers can be seen hard at work cleaning the beach from any rubbish and debris.. Kampung Air / Water Village - Interesting settlement where houses, shops, and mosques are built on wooden houses on the water shore. No boat is needed to get in to the village..

It is accessible by road till the parking areas near the entrance. You can then, choose to walk around the village on the wooden bridge or steel concrete walkways (e g Patau - Patau 1).. The villagers are friendly and don't mind tourists walking around their villages and snapping pictures.. Labuan International Golf Club - The only 18 hole golf course in Labuan that boasts a championship course designed by Ted Parslow. The golf club is owned by Perbadanan Labuan and managed by Saujana Scape & Greens Sdn Bhd..

The golf course boasts a beautiful setting bordered by a magnificent view of the South China Sea and cooling greenery.. Labuan Golf Club - The 9 hole Labuan Golf Course boasts a driving range, putting green, squash and tennis courts, gymnasium, swimming pool, restaurant and karaoke lounge.. Jamek An Nur Mosque - The largest mosque in Labuan. Features grey futuristic architecture.. Labuan Square - Parade ground with beautiful landscape and green field. New Year, Federal Territory Day and National Day celebrations are held here. A brand new shopping complex, Labuan Times Square currently under construction next to it..

How To Get In

There are daily flights to Labuan Airport (IATA; LBU) from Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia as well as 4 flights a day to Miri with MASWings and a couple more flights to and from Kota Kinabalu.. You can arrive in Labuan by ferry from Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Lawas, Limbang, Sipitang and Menumbok, where a vehicular ferry operates. Labuan is the usual port for changing boats for those getting from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei in a day by sea.. See the Kota Kinabalu to Brunei by land page for details..

To / from Brunei; Five ferries daily, with additional services during the weekends, run between Labuan and the Serasa Ferry Terminal in Muara, Brunei. The journey takes 1 and a half hour.. To / from Kota Kinabalu; At least two ferries daily at 08; 30 and 13; 00. From Kota Kinabalu, ferries depart at 08; 00 and 13; 30. The journey takes about between 3 hours and 3 hours and 15 minutes.. Rm34 in economy class (with air con).. To / from Lawas; One trip daily, departing Lawas at 08; 00 and Labuan at 12; 30..

To / from Limbang; Two trips daily, departing Limbang at 07; 30 and 08; 00 and Labuan at 12; 30 and 14; 00.. To / from Sipitang; Two ferries daily, departing Sipitang at 09; 00 and 10; 00 and Labuan at 09; 00 and 13; 00.. To / from Menumbok; An alternative way to visit Labuan from Kota Kinabalu. Buses will leave at 6; 40, 7; 30AM etc from Kota Kinabalu (RM15) and reach Menumbok in 2 ~ 2.5 hours.. The bus stop and ferry jetty in Menumbok are on the same street. Speed boat will depart when it is full. It takes 20 minutes and costs RM15. There are at least two Menumbok Express trips daily to Labuan, which will take 40 min to reach..

How To Get Around

Labuan Town is small enough to be comfortably explored on foot. The town is one of the most pedestrian friendly towns in Malaysia. You should not encounter any problems as most of the drivers here drive their vehicle in " slow motion ".. Most of the drivers will give priority to pedestrians that want to cross the street, something generally unheard of in the rest of Malaysia ! However, daytime temperatures maybe slightly higher than other parts of Malaysia.. For further destinations, bus services are available; some are vans which the locals refer to as ' buses'. Do take note that bus services end at 7PM everyday. Below are some bus routes that may be of interest..

One way bus journeys will cost a minimum of 1 Ringgit and not more than 3 Ringgit.. Bus No 3 (Yellow) to Labuan Hospital, Sports Complex, Sungai Bedaun, Bebuloh, Kiamsam.. Bus No 4 (Red) to Labuan Hospital, Layang layangan Beach, Peace Park, Surrender Point, Sungai Labu Homestay, Sungai Lada, Sekolah Menengah Sains Labuan and Universiti Malaysia Sabah Labuan International Campus.. Bus No 5 (Pink) to Kerupang, Tanjung Aru and Labuan's most famous seafood restaurants of Anjung Ketam and Terumbu Warisan, and Bukit Kuda Homestay..

Bus No 6 (Green) to Lajau, Labuan Matriculation College, The Chimney, Bird Park, Manikar Beach Resort, Batu Manikar Beach and Pancur Hitam Beach.. Taxis are also available mainly in the town center. However, usually you may need to go to the taxi station to catch one. Do agree on the fare first before you board, since no taxis in Labuan use meters.. Taxi stations can be found at;. Ujana Kewangan (Financial Park). Labuan International Ferry Terminal. Parking area in front of Labuan Supermarket. Otherwise, you may call Sri Ganti Taxi Service (24 hours) at 013-8838 882 or 019-8408 228..

There is another way of getting around - renting a scooter. Cost is as low as RM38 per 24H, and you can find rental places at the ferry terminal..

What To Buy

Although it's a duty free island, the things here are not that cheap. However, the followed items should be cheaper than other places;. Pearl & crystals - Made into jewelleries like brooch, bracelets, pendants, earrings, and baju Melayu buttons. Bazaar Labuan is a good place to shop for them.. Cars - Especially imported ones. But, they are subjected to taxes when transported out of the island.. Chocolate - Lots of choices too, that hard to be found in Peninsular.. Cigarette - The price is half of the Peninsula's, but the flavor is not that desirable to some smokers..

Batik sarongs (RM10 is reasonable and normal price in Malaysia, if more than that, you shouldn't buy it). Seafood - Wet Market near Bazaar Labuan is a recommended place. You can even ask the sellers to pack the items frozen ready for flights. Recommended place to buy frozen ready seafood is SBS Seafood Sdn.. Bhd in the center of Labuan town. Just ask the local or taxi's driver, they can show you where is the shop. Recommended to buy - frozen fish coated with flour which is RM14 per bag, deep fried it; very crunchy + boneless fish !.

Things that are really exorbitant here;. Computer stuff - sometimes almost double the Peninsula's..

What To Eat

All food, especially fresh seafood, is extremely well priced. But if you get the locals as a guide, they can show you some cheaper alternatives instead.. The most famous local dessert is " Coconut Puding ", which you wouldn't be able to find in anywhere else. Good coconut puddings can be found in Pulau Labuan Restaurant with RM6 each.. BBQ chicken wings are a Labuan delicacy. They are cooked on skewers over smoky charcoal and wood barbeques. 6 chicken wings for RM9. The one of the best are sold at Kampung Sungai Keling, opposite Taman Sintee..

You may also want to try various local kuih - pastries or cakes - in the weekend market known locally as Pasar Tani (Saturday and Sunday) from morning till afternoon.. Try kelupis and lamban (a food made from pulut rice and coconut milk that been wrapped by either coconut leaves for lamban or nyirik leaf for kelupis), jelurut (a sweet and creamy colored local kuih wrapped with nipah or coconut leaf) and batik cake.. Another common local food in Labuan is punjung. Made from rice flour, they are little cone sized desserts with green jelly like fillings wrapped in banana leaves. Don't forget to try pulut panggang, made from glutinous rice and dried shrimp..

This pulut panggang then wrapped by banana leaves and grilled.. Anjung Ketam, ☎ + 6 (087) 424 366. Located at Tanjung Aru. Pre book is a must. One of the main attraction in Labuan. It is said that if you come to Labuan, it's a must to enjoy its crab delicacies.. " Anjung Ketam ", at Tanjung Aru (not that Tanjung Aru in Kota Kinabalu) is well known for crab dishes. This food court consists of 4 stalls, all serving fresh crabs, lobsters and other seafoods.. Advance bookings are advised, especially if you want your foods to ready by the time you come, and also some ingredients may have run out if you don't book early ahead..

Some of the examples are crab curry, crab in butter milk, and just boiled crab (locals prefer this because they say it retains most of the crab taste).. May cost you RM 15 RM 30 per person.. Terumbu Warisan. A floating seafood restaurant located just a few meters from Anjung Ketam. The main rival to Anjung Ketam nowadays. The crowds start to divert their attention to this well managed and great taste restaurant.. Mawilla Seafood Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Labuan that serves seafood delicacies - fresh fish (which you can choose), prawn, lobster and squids. Try the Butter Milk Prawn and Nestum Prawn menu..

Located at the sea shore of Labuan, near to Labuan International Sea Sport Complex and Labuan Waterfront Hotel. The price is reasonable. However, this famous restaurant can't fight the super famous Anjung Ketam in term of taste.. Manja Rasa Floating Restaurant, ☎ + 6 (087) 424 937. Located at Labuan International Sea Sport Complex. All you can eat steam board buffet. Seafood and non seafood. RM 20 per person.. But the taste may not as good as other famous restaurants in Labuan.. Fishermen's Wharf, ☎ + 6 (087) 408 226. Located at Jalan Kemajuan at the Labuan Town. Seafood delicacies with Chinese style. No pork serve..

Deepsea Seafood Restaurant, ☎ + 6 (087) 429 536. A Malay seafood restaurant. Located at Jalan Merdeka next to Labuan International Ferry Terminal. Serve lunch and dinner. Nice view of Victoria Bay.. Island Tomyam. A Thai and Malay style restaurant. Located at Kampung Batu Arang. Not far from Labuan Airport. Reasonable price. A very basic dinner may cost you less than RM 10 per person.. Kedai Kopi Ceria behind Labuan Corporation Tower (Public Library) at the town center. Famous for its Soto Labuan. You may want to come there before or during lunch hour otherwise the extra famous soto will be ' out of stock '..

Raff Restaurant. A nice Sarawak Malay restaurant located near to Chinese temple at Labuan Town.. Jalan Ujong Pasir. There are several Malay and Chinese restaurants in this area as well as a fast food restaurant, Chicken King. Also known by local as Utama Jaya area.. Medan Selera. A food court that located next to Grand Dorsett hotel and in front of Financial Park complex. Famous for its local delicacies such as BBQ chicken wing, satay, ABC and much more.. Tiara Seafood Restaurant, ☎ 087 414 300NOCC. A fresh and exquisite seafood restaurant located at Tiara Resort. Fine ambiance. Lunch 10; 30AM 2; 30PM and dinner 6PM 10PM. Halal..

Singapore Chicken Rice, ☎ 087 410661NOCC. Lazenda Commercial Centre near D'One Mart 24 hr supermarket. A family restaurant providing many types of traditional and fusion chicken dishes.. Fratini's Restaurant. The one and only restaurant in the island that serves Italian cuisine. Located next to Tabung Haji building at the town centre. Famous for its pasta and pizza.. The Grill, ☎ 087 414 300NOCC. Of Tiara Labuan Resort. An exclusive restaurant that serve western and Asian cuisine. Halal.. Victoria Brasserie, ☎ 087 422 000NOCC. Of Grand Dorsett Hotel. Serves high quality western and oriental buffet dinner..

Lee Garden at the arrival floor of Labuan Airport. Chinese cuisine. No pork served.. KFC. Located at Jalan Merdeka (24 Hours) across HSBC bank and the other one inside Financial Park complex (10AM 10PM).. McDonalds. Located at arrival floor of Labuan Airport. 24 hr. Free WiFi. Very good service.. Pizza Hut. Inside Financial Park complex and next to KFC.. Old Town White Coffee. Latest kopitiam at the arrival floor of Labuan Airport. 24 hr.. 1901 Hot Dogs. Located inside Financial Park mall, next to bowling centre..

Nelson's. Located inside Financial Park mall, near Parkson Ria. Famous for it's corn cup and waffle..

Options For Drink

Labuan is well known for its duty free especially alcohols. The main entertainment in Labuan is its night clubs and lounges. Although the majority of bars in Labuan are actually for prostitution, there a few that are not.. Some of the famous places where people go;. Some Place Else (SPE) at the Grand Dorsett Hotel. Beyond 2000 - one of the few bars in town that doesn't hire prostitutes.

Islands

Pulau Labuan - the main island.

Where To Sleep

Victoria Hotel, ☎ 087 412 411NOCC. A 1 star hotel that located in front of bus station and Am Bank. One of the earliest hotel in Labuan that still exist.. Pulau Labuan Inn, Lot 7-8, Jalan Bunga Dahlia, ☎ + 60 87 41 68 33, e-mail; pli@hpl group.com. my. 35 rooms with attached toilet and A / C Wifi in room and breakfast.. Attached restaurant. RM98 168.. Pulau Labuan Hotel, Lot 27-28, Jalan Muhibbah, ☎ + 60 87416288, e-mail; hpl1@hpl group.com. my. a 2 star hotel. Rooms with A / C, attached toilet and wifi..

Breakfast included. RM128 158.. Asia Hotel, ☎ 087 417 712NOCC. a budget hotel. RM63 RM68.. Ambassador 1 Hotel, ☎ 087 423 233NOCC. a 1 star hotel. Sara Hotel, ☎ 087 415 555 / 657FORMATNOCC. a 2 star boutique hotel located near to Labuan Museum, Labuan Square, Standard Charted Bank and next to Sri Malindo Restaurant.. Mariner Hotel, ☎ 087 418822NOCC. a 2 star hotel located near to Financial Park, banks (Agro Bank, Bank Simpanan Nasional and Bank Islam), restaurants, cyber cafe and night clubs.. Pulau Labuan Hotel 2 (Branch), ☎ 087 422 388NOCC. a nice 2 star hotel located at town centre..

Hotel Aifa. A 3 star hotel is the best hotel location in Labuan, 5 minutes by car to airport 5 minutes walking distance to Labuan International Ferry Terminal.. Global Hotel, ☎ 087 425 201 / 202 / 203 / 204FORMATNOCC. Located next to Labuan Bazaar and duty free shopping area of Jalan OKK Awang Besar.. Homestay Patau patau II Water Village, ☎ Mobile Phone 016 8246 193 or 013 8540 217FORMATNOCC. One of homestay program area in Labuan. Not really far from town.. You can enjoy the richness of Brunei Malay culture, villager activities (such as fishing) and local food in this beautiful traditional water village (all house built above sea water)..

Sungai Labu Village Homestay, ☎ 016 8041 147 or 019 8821 049FORMATNOCC. Explore the uniqueness of Kadayan Malay way of life in this tranquilly sea side village. Located about 20 min drive from town or airport.. Take your time to watch the sun that beautifully merge into South China Sea.. Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel. The only 5 star hotel in Labuan. Located very near to Financial Park Complex and next to Labuan Square. Rates from RM475.00 +. Waterfront Labuan Financial Hotel, ☎ 087 418111NOCC. a 4 star rated hotel is located by the sea, and the Financial Park, hence the name. There is a food court (Medan Selera) in front of this hotel that serve local food.

Beta Service Apartment Financial Park Labuan, ☎ 087-453333NOCC, fax; 087-453355. Located at one of the tower in Financial Park complex. The largest and only shopping mall in Labuan is under this apartment.. Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Jalan Batu Manikar, Kampung Batu Manikar, ☎ + 60 87418700, e-mail; info@palmbeachresortspa.com. located at Manikar Beach, about 20 minutes drive from the airport and the town.. Initially known as Sheraton Manikar Resort, the new owners of the 17 acre property that offers 245 spacious rooms and a westward view over the South China Sea. Deluxe room RM230 400, Suite RM332 638..

Tiara Labuan Hotel, ☎ + 6 (087) 414 300. A 4 star hotel that offers ' top class resort style living '. About 5 minutes drive from Labuan Town. In front of Tanjung Batu beach and not far from Labuan World War II Memorial.. Pantai View Hotel, ☎ 087 411 339 / 904FORMATNOCC.. Melati Inn, ☎ 087 416 307NOCC.. Wilayah Inn, ☎ 087 411 277NOCC. RM75.. Southern Hotel, ☎ 087 414 211NOCC.. Millenium Hotel, ☎ 087 421 278NOCC.. Skyglobal Hotel, ☎ 087 431 219 / 218FORMATNOCC.. Oriental Hotel, ☎ 087 419 019NOCC..

One Hotel, ☎ 087 451 369 / 452 369 / 453 369FORMATNOCC.. Perdana Hotel, ☎ 087 420 922NOCC..

How To Stay Safe

Labuan is a very safe town. It is a very peaceful place and the people are very nice and friendly. Except road blocks with JPJ (local Department Motor Vehicle), police presence is pretty hard to notice, possibly because of the calmness and peace of the town.. You can notice lots of people jogging around in the evenings, even in the secluded roads in the hills, without fear of being mugged, like in other big cities.. Crime rate is very low, except once in a while, there used to be physical arguments between the immigrants, but only among themselves..

Roads are not busy, except occasionally in town. The driving attitude of people here are quite leisure, so it's common to have a car cruising in front of you very very slow without any purpose.. There are lots of jaywalkers, and pedestrians crossing the road don't practice much caution. Several attractions such as Peace Park and Anjung Ketam are located in village area where children usually play near or at the road.. So, just be careful if you're driving..

Where To Go Next

Sabah, Brunei, and Sarawak are logical places to go next (see " By boat " above for information on ferry service)..

History

Since the 15th century, the north and west coast of Borneo including the island of Labuan was part of the Bruneian Empire. In the 18th century, Labuan attracted British interest.. James Brooke acquired the island for Britain in 1846 through a treaty with the Sultan of Brunei, Omar Ali Saifuddin II on 18 December 1846. A British naval officer, Rodney Mundy visited Brunei with his ship HMS Iris to keep the Sultan in line until the British Government made a final decision to take the island and he took Pengiran Mumin to witness the island's accession to the British Crown on 24 December 1846..

Some sources state that during the signing of the treaty, the Sultan had been threatened by a British navy warship ready to fire on the Sultan's palace if he refused to sign the treaty while another source says the island was ceded to Britain as a reward for assistance in combating pirates.. The main reason why the British possessed the island was to protect their own interest in the region as a naval base and to suppress piracy in the South China Sea. The British also believed the island could be the next Singapore..

The island became a Crown Colony in 1848 with James Brooke appointed as the first governor and commander in chief, with William Napier as his lieutenant governor. In 1849, the Eastern Archipelago Company became the first of several British companies to try to exploit Labuan coal deposits.. The company was formed to exploit coal deposits on the island and adjacent coast of Borneo but soon became involved in a dispute with James Brooke. Not proving itself a great commercial or strategic asset, administration of Labuan was handed to the British North Borneo Company in 1890..

In 1894, a submarine communications cable was build by the British to linked the island communications with North Borneo, Singapore and Hong Kong for the first time. By 30 October 1906, the British Government proposed to extend the boundaries of the Straits Settlements to include Labuan.. The proposal took effect from 1 January 1907.. In the World War II, Labuan was occupied by Japan from December 1941 until June 1945 and governed as part of the Northern Borneo military unit by the Japanese 37th Army. The island served as the administrative centre for the Japanese forces..

During the occupation, the Japanese Government changed the island name to Maida Island on 9 December 1942 after Marquis Toshinari Maeda, as a remembrance to the first Japanese commander in northern Borneo who was killed in an air crash at Bintulu, Sarawak when en route to the island to open the airfield here.. As the allied counter attack came closer, the Japanese also developed Labuan and Brunei Bay as a naval base. The liberation of Borneo by the Allied forces began on 10 June 1945 when the Australian Army under the command of Australian Major General, George Wootten launched an attack under the codenamed of Operation Oboe Six..

Labuan became the main objective for the Allied forces to repossessed. Soon, the 9th Division of the Australian Army launched the attack with support from massive airstrike and sea bombardments until the capture of the Labuan airstrip.. Most of the Labuan island area including the main town of Victoria was under the control of Allied forces within four days after the heavy attacks.. On 9 September 1945, the Japanese Lieutenant General, Masao Baba officially surrendered at a place now known as the Surrender Point near the Layang layang beach which he had been brought to by the 9th Division headquarters on the island to sign the surrender document in front of the Australian 9th Division Army Commander, George Wootten..

The name of Labuan was later restored by the British and the island administered under the British Military Administration together with the rest of the Straits Settlements. Labuan then joined the North Borneo Crown Colony on 15 July 1946, which in turn became a part of the state of Sabah and Malaysia in 1963.. In 1984, the Government of Sabah ceded Labuan to the federal government which later been accessed to a federal territory. It was declared an international offshore financial centre and free trade zone in 1990..

A post office was operating in Labuan by 1864, and used a circular date stamp as postmark. The postage stamps of India and Hong Kong were used on some mail, but they were probably carried there by individuals, instead of being on sale in Labuan.. Mail was routed through Singapore. From 1867, Labuan officially used the postage stamps of the Straits Settlements but began issuing its own in May 1879.. The first stamps of Labuan depict the usual profile of Queen Victoria but are unusual for being inscribed in Arabic and Chinese scripts in addition to " LABUAN POSTAGE ". Perennial shortages necessitated a variety of surcharges in between the several reprints and colour changes of the 1880s..

The original stamps were engraved, but the last of the design, in April 1894, were done by lithography.. Beginning in May 1894, the designs of North Borneo were printed in different colours, with " LABUAN " either engraved into the vignette or overprinted. On 24 September 1896, the 50th anniversary of the cession was marked by overprinting " 1846 JUBILEE 1896 " on the overprinted North Borneo designs.. Additional overprints appeared through the 1890s. In 1899 many types were surcharged with a value of 4 cents..

A last Labuan only design came out in 1902, depicting a crown and inscribed " LABUAN COLONY ". After incorporation into the Straits Settlements in 1906, Labuan ceased issuing its own stamps, although they remained valid for some time.. Many of the remainders were cancelled to order for sale to collectors and are now worth only pennies; genuine postal uses are worth much more..

Economy

The economy of Labuan thrives on its vast oil and gas resources and international investment and banking services. Labuan is a very much an import export oriented economy.. Virtually all of its commodities including crude oil, methanol, HBI, gas, flour, animal feed, sea products and ceramic tiles are exported either to Peninsular Malaysia or overseas.. Raw materials, parts and equipments for industrial uses well as consumer products are imported. In 2004, the total value of Labuan's external trade reached MYR11.8 billion from only MYR5.0 billion in 1995 for a net trade surplus of MYR5.1 billion..

Among its major trade partners are India, Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and South Korea. 65 of its exports are petroleum and gas based products.. The Gross Domestic Product of Labuan is estimated at MYR3.63 billion in 2012 with a growth rate of 5.8 percent. Labuan GDP per capita in 2012 is MYR39,682. The total employment for Labuan is around 39,800 in 2012.. The main economic sectors in Labuan is service and manufacturing which contributed 94.6 percent to the island GDP. The service sector consisted mainly of Finance and Insurance and Real Estate and Business Services. Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector consists mainly of oil and gas industry and support..

The Labuan International Business and Financial Centre Labuan IBFC was created as Malaysias only offshore financial hub on October 1990 and was operating under the name of Labuan International Offshore Financial Centre.. At the time it was established to strengthen the contribution of financial services to the Gross National Product of Malaysia as well as to develop the island and its surrounding vicinity.. The jurisdiction, supervised by the Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority or LOFSA, offers benefits such as 3 tax on net audited results or a flat rate of Malaysian Ringgit 20,000 to trading companies; low operational costs; liberal exchange controls; and a host of other advantages including readily available, experienced and professional service providers..

In 2010 the notion " offshore " was excluded from all the statutes of Labuan due to world pressure on the tax havens and offshores.. Since its inception, the jurisdiction has expanded to become a base for more than 6,500 offshore companies and more than 300 licensed financial institutions including world leading banks. Labuan IBFC is embarking on an aggressive growth strategy to become the premier international business and financial centre in the Asia Pacific region.. Labuan's business focus is on five core areas offshore holding companies, captive insurance, Shariah compliant Islamic Finance structures, public and private funds and wealth management. Labuan IBFCs position is further enhanced by the launch of the Malaysian International Islamic Finance Centre initiative in August 2006..

Geography

Labuan areas comprises the main island and other six smaller islands such as Big Rusukan, Burung, Daat, Kuraman, Small Rusukan and Papan island with a total area of 91.64 km.. The islands lie 8 km off the coast of Borneo, adjacent to the Malaysian state of Sabah and in the top of Brunei Darussalam, on the northern edge of Brunei Bay facing the South China Sea.. Labuan Island is mainly flat and undulating with its highest point is Bukit Kubong at 148 meters above the sea level. Over 70 of the island is still covered with vegetation. While the main town area of Victoria is located in a position that facing the Brunei Bay..

Labuan has a tropical rainforest climate with no dry season.. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 25 C to 32 C and is rarely below 24 C or above 33 C The warm season lasts from 1 April to 13 June with an average daily high temperature above 31 C The hottest day of the year is 29 April, with an average high of 32 C and low of 26 C The cold season lasts from 7 January to 17 February with an average daily high temperature below 30 C The coldest day of the year is 8 September, with an average.

low of 25 C and high of 31 C The weather station for Labuan is located at Labuan Airport.. Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed in Labuan during 60 of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around 30 October, when it is observed during 53 of all days.. Meanwhile, the relative humidity for Labuan typically ranges from 63 to 96 over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 53 and reaching as high as 100..

Demographics

According to Malaysia's Department of Statistics, Labuan population for 2010 was at 86,908 and it is projected to be at 91,300 for 2013. The ethnic composition in 2010 in Labuan was Brunei Malay and Kedayan, Kadazan Dusun, Bajau, Murut, Chinese, Indian, Other ethnic and non Malaysian citizen.. As of 2010 Census the population of Labuan is 76.0 Muslim, 12.4 Christian, 9.0 Buddhist, 0.4 Hindu, 2.1 follower of other religions, and 0.1 non religious..

Government

Labuan is the one of the federal government territories. The island is administered by the federal government through the Ministry of Federal Territories. Labuan Corporation is the municipal government for the island and is headed by a chairman who is responsible for development and administration of the island.. Labuan has one representation in each for the lower house and upper house of parliament. Typically, the current member of parliament of Labuan will be appointed to become chairman of Labuan Corporation..

The island is represented in the lower house of parliament by MP Roszman Datuk Haji Isli and in the upper house by Senator Yunus Kurus. Below is the list of administrator of Labuan from 1848 to current date. The Federal Territory is administratively subdivided into the capital Bandar Labuan and 27 kampung, and which are ruled by appointed Ketua Kampung. Security is the responsibility of the federal government, with naval patrol vessels, a garrison and an air detachment based on the island. The vigilance of the local Coast Guard and Customs and Excise contribute to the maintenance of Labuan's reputation and status as an international offshore financial centre and free trade zone..

How To Talk

English & Malay are widely spoken. Because of the influence of the Brunei Sultanate centuries ago, the majority of local Malays speak the Brunei Kadayan Malay dialect, which is significantly different from standard Malay.. This mixture of Brunei and Kadayan dialects is sometimes called Labuan Malay Dialect. However most of the population can speak standard Malay whenever necessary. Major Chinese dialects (especially Hakka) are spoken among the Chinese community..

Cities

Labuan is an island with an estimated population of 100,000 people. It's quite a close community where everyone knows everyone. The main town is known as Labuan Town (Bandar Labuan in Malay) but was formerly known as Victoria during the colonial era.. Labuan Town is among the cleanest towns in Malaysia. You will observe the Labuan Corporation (local authority) workers diligently doing their job. Labuan was proclaimed a Federal Territory on 16/04/1984 and declared an International Offshore Financial Centre on 1/10/1990..

A few of the major businesses that are run on the island include international offshore banking, steel mills, a methanol plant, floor tiles production, flour mills as well as offshore supplies. Because of these major businesses, Labuan has many non Labuan natives that work here. Because of these major businesses, Labuan has many non Labuan natives that work here..

Places Of Interest

There are several attractions and places of interest on Labuan. The Labuan War Cemetery contains various war graves and memorials to the fallen of World War II. This includes British, Australian, Indian, Sarawakian, Bruneian, North Borneo and Empire troops, making it the largest war grave with 3,908 graves of fallen soldiers.. A memorial service is held on Remembrance Day every year.. There is also a memorial celebrating the surrender of the Japanese to the Australian Forces in 1945. There are also remnants of Labuan's history as a Royal Navy Coaling station, including ' the chimney ', a well known local landmark..

There is also a Labuan Maritime Museum.. Labuan is also the base for diving on four popular wreck dives the Cement wreck, the American wreck,, the Australian wreck and the Blue Water wreck.. Labuan has many schools. However, it has only one international school, Labuan International School. Other places of interest include the Labuan International Sea Sport Complex. Newly proposed is the Marina centre and Labuan Square project which are completed in 2010.. Labuan's own institution of higher education is Universiti Malaysia Sabah Labuan International Campus, a branch of Universiti Malaysia Sabah in Sepanggar Bay, Kota Kinabalu. Labuan also has a matriculation college, Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan, the only matriculation college in East Malaysia. Thus, all pre university students from Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will take their courses here. Thus, all pre university students from Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will take their courses here..