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Labuan is one of the federal territories in Malaysia located off the northwest Borneo coast, having its name deriving from the Malay language labuhan or labohan, which literally means “port”. Some of the famous attractions here are The Labuan War Cemetery, Surrender Point, and Peace Park. End your day at some of the best Labuan Main Town hotels that can be found here.

Popular hotels in Labuan Main Town

Lot 207508183, Jalan OKK Abdullah, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87008
Impressive - 8.8 / 10(327)
Jalan Okk Awang Besar, Bandar Labuan, 87000 Labuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87000
Convenient - 8.2 / 10(22)
LOBBY Perdana Hotel
Lot U0300, Jati Shophouse Phase 1, Jalan Tun Mustapha, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87018
Convenient - 7.3 / 10(44)
Jalan Tanjung Batu, P.O. Box 80537, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87015
Impressive - 8.6 / 10(146)
Exterior / Building Dorsett Grand Labuan
462 Jalan Merdeka, Financial Park, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87029
Impressive - 8.8 / 10(83)
LOBBY Fratini's Hotel
U0361C, Ground Floor, Jalan Bunga Kesuma , P.O. Box 81988 , Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87029
Convenient - 8.0 / 10(73)
Others Rumah Tamu Labuan (Holiday home)
NO.U1841 GERSIK, JALAN TUN MUSTAPHA, LABUAN, 87022 WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN LABUAN, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87022
Lot 35, Block C, Level 1, 1,2 & 3, Lazenda Center, Jalan OKK Abdullah, WP, 87000 Labuan, Malaysia, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia, 87000
Jalan Tanjung Purun, Labuan Main Town, Labuan, Persekutuan Labuan, Malaysia


Labuan is one of the federal territories in Malaysia located off the northwest Borneo coast, having its name deriving from the Malay language labuhan or labohan, which literally means “port”. Labuan is actually the name of the main island, and together with six other smaller islands, namely Pulau Daat, Pulau Burung, Pulau Kurman, Pulau Papan, Pulau Rusukan Besar, and Pulau Rusukan Kecil, form the federal territory of Labuan.

Labuan was once under Brunei Sultanate’s rule until the British took possession of the island after a treaty in 1847 between Brunei and British Government; hence it became a part of British Empire. Briefly handed over to North Borneo Chartered Company in 1849, it reverted back to the British Government and joined the Straits Settlements of British colonies, along with Singapore, Malacca, and Penang in 1907.

Japan had occupied Labuan from 1941 to 1945 and changed its name to Maida Island. This island then placed under the British Military Administration and got its former name back. On July 15, 1946, Labuan joined the North Borneo Crown Colony, which then turned to be Sabah state, part of Malaysia.

As a federal territory, this tropical island offers duty-free shops, which makes Labuan a shopping haven for everyone. Contrary to the atypical small islands, it is very modern, home to offshore steel and flour mills, methanol plant, and has a few major banking among many industries and companies. To top with it, the area is recorded as a very safe town with a very low crime rate. The clean beaches there even won United Nation COBSEA Clean Beach Award in 2008.

How to go to Labuan

There are several means to reach Labuan.

By Plane

Labuan Airport (LBU) serves daily flights by Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia, departing from Kuala Lumpur. There are also several flights from and to Kota Kinabalu as well as to Miri.

By Boat

Labuan is reachable by ferries, docking to Labuan International Ferry Terminal.

  • To and from Brunei: five daily ferry services depart from Serasa Ferry Terminal Muara, Brunei, with added frequency on weekends. The trip takes 90 minutes.
  • To and from Kota Kinabalu: two ferries daily departs from Kota Kinabalu, departing at 08:30 AM and 01:00 PM, taking around 3,5 hours.

Tourist attractions in Labuan

Labuan is house to a long history commemorated in landmarks, such as The Labuan War Cemetery, Surrender Point, and Peace Park. Aside of the war memorials, these are the most interesting spots to visit in Labuan:

Wreck Diving Sites

As one of the best Asian wreck diving sites, Labuan provides four impressive diving experiences at these following spots:

  • Australian Wreck

This site is a ship skeletal remains which are also home to coral reefs growing abundantly.

  • American Wreck

American Wreck is from the World War II era, and the wreck remains intact with canon artefacts and wine bottles.

  • Cement Wreck

As the shallowest wreck, this site is good for beginners. Lucky divers can even catch a sight of rare whale sharks.

  • Blue Water Wreck or Mabini Padre

The Philippines wreck is a sunken fishing trawler, and home to abundant and various marine lives.

However, when planning to go diving, you have to organize your diving trip from Sabah or Brunei because there are no diving operators in Labuan.

Labuan Beaches

Earning the title of “Pearl of Borneo”, the beaches in Labuan is cleaned well every morning, making it incredible both in the sights to the sea and the clean sand to step on. Labuan’s UN-award-winning clean beach stretches six miles on the west coast of Labuan Island. This part is usually packed during weekends. However, the beaches in the northern part, Pohon Batu and Pancur Hitam beach, have picnic areas and public facilities, plus less crowded. The other famous beaches are Batu Manikar and Layang-layangan beach.

Labuan Museum

Labuan Museum displays pre-historic artefacts discovered on the island alongside a larger part of culture and history of the island, especially during World War II. It is open daily from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM without admission fee and located at Jalan Dewan.

Water Village/Kampung Air

The water village complex is series of wooden houses, shops, and mosques built on the shores, requiring no boat to get in. It was initially a settlement of Brunei fishermen, sailors, and traders. You can walk around on concrete paths or wooden bridges to look around the fascinating complex.

Labuan Marine Museum

Labuan Marine Museum is located on the east of city centre, storing shipwrecks, preserved sea creatures, and the live ones. Visitors are allowed to touch several living creatures, such as sea cucumbers and starfish.

The museum is open daily from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM without admission fee.

The Chimney

Towering on 106-feet-high brick chimney, The Chimney, locally called Punil, dates back from coal mining era in 1847-1912. It was believed to be a ventilation for coal mines nearby, but no one really knows the purpose of the chimney until today. At the site, there is a museum showing coal mining history as well.

The Chimney is located at the very northern part of the island, and open from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM without entry fee.

Travel tips in Labuan

  • As the Labuan Town is quite small and has low crime rates, getting around by foot is quite convenient. To travel farther, there are minivans called “bus”, which costs around 1.00 MYR to 3.00 MYR with routes as below:
  • 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 in Labuan do not use meter, therefore you have to negotiate the fare before hopping on. You can call Sri Ganti Taxi Service or find them at Labuan Airport, Labuan International Ferry Terminal, Labuan Supermarket parking area, and Financial Park mall.
  • Benefitting after the duty-free shopping, do shop for goods such as alcohol, cigarette, chocolate, pearl, and crystals. On the other hand, electronic devices are very expensive.
  • Labuan is famous for its snacks and seafood. Try the kuih (local language for cake or pastry): coconut pudding, kelupis, lamban, jelurut, batik cake, punjung, and pulut panjang. You can get these local foods easily at Pasar Tani weekend market. For seafood, there are numerous restaurants, such as Anjung Ketam Restaurant and Terumbu Warisan floating restaurant.
  • There is no need to be afraid of extreme weather conditions, like typhoons or hurricanes, for instance, in Labuan. However, rainy season occurs around end of year.
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