Indah Inn, Balung River Eco Resort
Tawau Airport (TWU), Semporna Airport (SMM)
For the true chocolate lover, a visit to the Teck Guan Cocoa Village in Tawau is a must. Tawau is known for its booming cocoa industry and the Teck Guan Cocoa Museum proudly houses the history of its development over the years. With its attractive design and layout, the museum is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. Within the museum grounds, you will also find a cocoa processing plant and manufacturing factory, giving you an up close view of the production process. Various products are also available for purchase, from chocolate jam to instant hot cocoa beverages.
Both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia offer daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau. It takes about half an hour to get to the airport from the Tawau town and about an hour from Semporna town. If you are heading to the town from the airport, you are required to purchase a taxi coupon from the taxi counter before heading outside the terminal building to get a taxi. The taxi fare is fixed depending on your destinations. A cheaper solution is to travel by public bus, from or to the Tawau Airport. To get to Teck Guan Cocoa Village, you can take a taxi from Tawau town for approximately RM40.00 (one way) or you can simply drive your own car. The journey takes 40 minutes by road. If you require a taxi ride back to town, make an arrangement with the reception desk.
The national park is home to numerous indegenious plant and animal species. Lowland orchids are also abundant in this park; the most spectacular is the Elephant's Ear Orchid. Be sure to check out the 2 hectare Lowland Gardens, home to an astounding selection of flora. This park is also a popular spot for families and friends to enjoy a picnic or, for the more adventurous, spend a night camping under a blanket of stars. Many people visit Tawau Hills Park during the school holidays or at weekends. To avoid crowds, weekdays are the best time to explore the park.
Located about 45 minutes away from the Tawau Airport, The Sipadan Mangrove Resort is a magical hideaway surrounded by oil plantations, fish farms and mangroves and is located on the Kalumpang river. The resort is a perfect place for a quiet escapes for you. The resort is a new gateway to Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai & other island surrounding Celebes Sea. The resort also serve a interesting experience of river cruise to spot the proboscis monkey and a visit to their own aquaculture farm. At night, you can relax by the bar where there is a large, flat screen TV. For your convenience, the resort can arrange an airport transfer for you.
Shan Shui Golf & Country Club sprawls majestically amidst the breathtaking mountainous backdrop of Tawau's verdant land. The hotel is situated about 15 kilometers from Tawau town. The undulating terrain and lush surrounding of the golf course also serves as a natural habitat for wildlife such as exotic birds, monkeys, squirrels and a resident crocodile. If you're looking for a relaxing getaway in a tranquil and country-like atmosphere while enjoying a golfing holiday, Shan Shui Golf & Country Club has everything to offer! Apart from offering top golf course facilities such as driving range and practice greens; Shan Shui Golf & Country Club also provides other excellent facilities such as pro-shop, changing rooms, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, restaurant serving scrumptious local favourites, as well as cozy wooden chalet accommodations.