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LABUAN - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA

PLACES OF INTEREST : Islands & Beaches

 
 

PULAU LAYANG LAYANG

 

 

Pulau Layang Layang is located 300km north of Labuan, near the Spratly group of islands. Also known as Swallow Reef, this man-made island measures 7.5km long and 2km wide. As the sea bed surrounding the rim of this oceanic atoll drops 2,000m with visibility averaging 60m, marine life such as hammerhead sharks, manta rays, green and Hawksbill turtle, big-eye trevally, tunas and corals are easily spotted frequenting its 13 coral reefs. The atoll is also a nesting colony for migratory birds. Hailed as the ?Big Fish? and ?Wall Diving Mecca of Southeast Asia?, Layang Layang is among the top ten diving locations in the world. Facilities here include a three-star resort as well as an airstrip. You can get a flight from Kota Kinabalu or travel by sea from Labuan. The best time to visit is between February and September.

 
 

PULAU PAPAN

 

Just next to Daat Island is a 10.52 hectare tiny islet called Papan Island. A favourite weekend getaway and campsite for the locals and tourists alike, it was originally used as

a lighthouse base in 1895.

 

A mere five minutes? boat ride from Labuan takes you to Pulau Papan, a popular weekend getaway. In 1902, the dimmer reddish lights were replaced with brighter ?dioptrie? lamps ? so bright that it could be seen 13 kilometres away.

 

The faithful lighthouse steered passing vessels into Victoria Harbour until after WWII when the Allied forces used it as a temporary detention camp of Japanese prisoners-of war. Today it is under the jurisdiction of Labuan Corporation (Perbadanan Labuan). The island exudes charm and is surrounded by blue waters teeming with marine creatures. An old lighthouse as well as a mini agricultural park featuring an interesting variety of plant life from the region are among the attractions here. Activities available include jungle trekking, fishing, picnicking, snorkelling and camping. The island has facilities such as chalets, campsites, sports grounds, a surau, a BBQ area, volleyball and sepak takraw courts.

 
 

PANTAI PANCHUR HITAM & PANTAI POHON BATU BEACH

 

This is one of the most developed beaches in Labuan. A beautiful landscaped park extends directly onto the long sandy beach.

 

Equally beautiful are the beaches of Pancur Hitam and Pohon Batu, which are fringed by swaying coconut palms and casuarinas. You will be drawn by their scenic beauty, especially at dusk. Both beaches are favoured by picnickers and are dotted with stalls selling fresh coconut water as well as other snacks. This is one of the most developed beaches in Labuan. A beautiful landscaped park extends directly onto the long sandy beach. Located at the north shore of Labuan, Pancur Hitam beach is home to Labuan's biggest and most luxurious private house - the "House of Millions of Peace".

 

The roads nearby this house, Jalan Batu Manikar and Jalan Pancur Hitam, are tastefully designed with well landscaped and decorated pathways. Just in front of the house, rows of local market stalls offer treats including fresh coconut water, chicken wings, popcorn and other mouth-watering local cuisines and knick-knacks. Right at the side of the house, there is a small natural path that will lead you to Bukit Pohon Batu (Pohon Batu Hill), the second highest peak in Labuan, where you can enjoy a jungle trekking jaunt. At the top of this hill, you will be greeted with beautiful beaches that stretch along the shore line. From this high vantage you can also have a bird's eye view of the entire Labuan island.

 

On clear days, you can see all the way to the south of Financial Park Complex, situated in the heart of Labuan town. Further south of Pancur Hitam beach, you will find a recreational area known as the "Sudut Cabaran" (Challenging Site), which offers an ideal site for various recreational activities including picnic and camping. Towards the evenings, a breathtaking vista awaits you with the three peaks of Phin Batu Hill as a dramatic backdrop. The sunsets here is not to be missed!

 
 

PANTAI LAYANG LAYANGAN BEACH

 

Layang-Layangan beach is a popular place on weekends. Its sandy beaches invites one to lie down and soak up the sun with the waves lapping at one's toes.

 

The picturesque Layang Layangan Beach offers white sandy beaches lined by leafy sea almond trees. Here, you can relax as you gaze at the horizon with the gentle waves lapping at your feet. You can also cycle, picnic, go horse-riding along the beach or, sample local food such as Satay and barbequed chicken wings as you watch the sun set. On weekends you might even be entertained by live bands performances. Located close by are the Peace Park and Surrender Point.

 
 

PANTAI BATU MANIKAR BEACH

 

Glorious sunsets. That is the one thing a visitor would not fail to notice about Labuan. You can view it all along Jalan Batu Manikar right up to where University Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

is located.

 

The picturesque Layang Layangan Beach offers white sandy beaches lined by leafy sea almond trees. Here, you can relax as you gaze at the horizon with the gentle waves lapping at your feet. You can also cycle, picnic, go horse-riding along the beach or, sample local food such as Satay and barbequed chicken wings as you watch the sun set. On weekends you might even be entertained by live bands performances. Located close by are the Peace Park and Surrender Point. When the skies are clear (as it mostly is in sunny Labuan), the magnificent sun behaves as it had for centuries past. Its brilliant disappearing act into the horizon performance will begin just after 6pm. The famous Batu Manikar Beach-Layang Layangan is a great place to view such a sunset.

 

It is a fabulously long stretch of beach fringed with casuarinas and coconut trees. A footpath circles most parts of the beach for the convenience of joggers and casual walkers, shaded naturally by the many trees. It?s a definite incentive for health buffs to exercise out there with the fresh air, breeze and fantastic view. Batu Manikar Beach ? Layang Layangan won the COBSEA Clean Beach Award 2008. The prestigious award is well-deserved as every morning municipal council workers can be seen hard at work cleaning the beach from any rubbish and debris.

 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Islands & Beaches
LABUAN - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA