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  Welcome
 
  Sabah Map 1
  Sabah Map 2
   
  Eco Treasures
  Celebrations & Festivals
  Unique Ethnic Group
 
  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Beach Holiday
  Island Holiday
  National Parks
  Tamu Sunday Market
  Golfing
 
  KOTA KINABALU (KK):
 
  General Info
 
  Tourist Attraction
  Aquarium & Marine Museum
  Handicraft Market
  Jesselton Point Waterfront
  Kipandi Butterfly Park
  Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  Monsopiad Cultural Village
  Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
 
  BEAUFORT:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  KENINGAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocker Range National Park
 
  TENOM:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Agriculture Park
 
  KOTA BELUD:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Mantanani Island
  Tamu (Sunday Market)
 
  KUALA PENYU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Tiga Park
 
  KUDAT:
 
  General Info
 
  Beautiful Beaches
  Island, Diving & Fishing
  Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
 
  Rungus Longhouse
  Honey Bee Village
  Gong Making
  Tamu Kudat
 
  KUNDASANG & RANAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Fish Massage
  Kundasang War Memorial
  Sabah Tea Garden
 
  Kinabalu Park
 
  General Info
  Flora & Fauna
  People Of Mount Kinabalu
  Poring Hot Springs
 
  Trails Of Wonder
  The Summit Trail
  The Mesilau Route
  Climbing To The Peak
  Via Ferrata
  Trails Map
 
  PAPAR:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  SIPITANG:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  TUARAN:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocodile Farm
 
  SANDAKAN:
 
  General Info
 
  Tourist Attraction
  Agnes Keith House
  Gomantong Cave
  Lower Kinabatangan River
  Rainforest Development Centre
  Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
  Turtle Island Park
 
  LAHAD DATU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Danum Valley
  Tabin Wildlife Reserve
 
  SEMPORNA:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  TAWAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Bukit Gemok
  Tawau Hills Park
 
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
SANDAKAN : Tourist Attraction
 
 

PLACES

OF INTEREST

 

Sandakan District

 
 
LANGKAYAN ISLAND
 

Lankayan, a tiny jewel-shaped island located on the northeastern coast of Sabah, is part of the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) and is surrounded blue-green waters and coral reefs. It is also one of Sabah's top diving spots. The availability of jungle interior and interesting diving attracts both divers and non-divers alike to Lankayan.

 

14 dive sites including the Lankayan Wreck, all only minutes away from the island, offer magnificent displays of marine life ranging from giant groupers to tiny ribbon eels. Described as a true macro-world paradise. Enormous whale sharks are regularly sighted between March and May, and the island is also a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles. You can watch as the baby turtles are released back into the sea.

 

The Langkayan Island Dive Resort has sixteen attractive wooden chalets with beach fronts and the common dining area extends to a sundeck jutting out to the beach. Nearby is the Turtle Islands Park, so the hawksbill and green turtles are also ?visitors? in its dive sites.

 

Getting There

The transfer to Lankayan is by speedboat departing from the Sandakan Yacht Club and takes about an hour and a half.

 
 
LIBARAN ISLAND
 

In the northeast coast of Sandakan lies the island of Libaran. This small island is ideal for those searching for some quiet time and in need of a relaxing trip. Many agree that the charm of this island lies in its simplicity: a long stretch of beach, crystal blue waters and beautiful sunsets. In the evening, you can enjoy a river cruise in the mangrove forest or have the unique experience of night fishing. A great place to get away from it all!

 

Getting There

Take a boat from the Sabah Parks jetty located at Jalan Buli Sim Sim Sandakan. The boat departs at 10:00am and returns at 7:00am.

 
 
BERHALA ISLAND
 

Situated in Sandakan Bay, this beautiful forested island has striking, prominent cliffs at its northern end and also had a small leper settlement colony. During WW2, Berhala became the camps for civilian internees and POWs. A story was told of an escape, when eight prisoners being taken to the mainland made their break at Berhala via the leper colony. They swam to the sheer walls of the Berhala cliffs and with help from natives, escaped to freedom. Each year, some families of the Australian POWs make their pilgrimage to this seemingly peaceful island to retrace that dramatic journey.

 
 
SANDAKAN CROCODILE FARM
 

 

The Sandakan Crocodile Farm is Malaysia's largest with over 3000 of the reptiles. The original stock came from wild crocodiles found along the Kinabatangan River. The animals are farmed for their skins to be turned into shoes and bags. Besides offering visitors an up-close look at Sabah's biggest reptiles, the farm hosts several other attractions as well, including crocodile and snake shows. It also features a mini zoo with a 100kg Amazonian fish, and a children's park.

 

Visiting Hours

Weekday show times (Crocodiles only) - 11.45am & 4.00pm

Sunday and Public Holidays show times (Crocodiles and snakes) - 11.45am, 2.00pm & 4.00pm

Daily feeding times - from 9.30am onwards until 4.30pm

 

Admission Fees

Adults RM5.00 Children below 12 years RM3.00

 

Getting There

The drive from Sandakan to the farm takes about half an hour.

 
 
SANDAKAN MEMORIAL PARK
 

This site commemorates a tragedy and atrocity which struck Sandakan between January and August 1945. The Memorial Park witnessed the death of approximately 2400 Australian and British prisoners of war held by the Japanese in the Sandakan POW camp, within the sight of Allied victory in the Pacific war. Situated about 11 km outside of Sandakan, the former site of the notorious WWII prisoner of war camp now locates the suburb of Taman Rimba. The clearly sign-posted Sandakan Memorial Park is well maintained and beautifully landscaped, which makes it ideal for solitary soul-searching strolls. The park also includes a small museum that serves as a memorial to the thousands of Australian and British who lost their lives in the hands of the Japanese during WWII. The memory of WWII is emphasized by the rusting remains of an excavator and a generator and a boiler which still lie in their original positions near the steps leading up to a small Commemorative Pavilion. A must-see for history enthusiasts.

 
 
LABUK BAY PROBOSCIS MONKEY
 

In the centre of the mangrove forests of Semawang is the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can see Borneo's indigenous proboscis monkeys. This privately-owned sanctuary located within an oil palm estate gives you the chance to observe these animals up close and personal. The remarkable males sport big dangling noses, reddish flat-top hairstyles, white tails and markings, and pot bellies. The females on the other hand, are much smaller and have up-turned noses. Take a night tour for a chance to see wild boars, flying squirrels, fireflies and crocodiles. The sanctuary also has a lodge with aircondtioned twin or double rooms, family chalet and dormitaries for those who wish to stay overnight.

 

 

Getting There

Travel along Jalan Labuk (heading towards Kota Kinabalu) and turn off at the SPS 3 junction at Mile 19 (adjacent to Consolidated Sabah Farms). From here, the sanctuary is a 15km further along the road.

 
 
BATU TULUG
 

Located at Batu Putih village and 41km from the Kota Kinabatangan township, Agop Batu Tulug is a steep limestone cliff that stands 39 meters high and is part of the 20-25 million- year old Labang limestone formation. The word ?agop' in the Orang Sungai language means cave. There are three main caves, agop suriba (lower) on the forest floor, lintaga (middle) and sawat (upper) betweeen 12-15m high. Inside the middle and upper caves are more than a hundred carved wooden coffins dating back 200-250 years, watched over by bats and swallows. Batu Putih village can be viewed from here as well. The coffins resemble different animals associated to the beliefs of the Orang Sungai but it has also been said that they are the coffins of the Chinese who once settled in the area as Chinese artifacts were found among the remains. A site Museum since 1996, it has facilities such as an information center, stairs leading to the caves, toilets and resting huts.

 

Getting There

The drive to Batu Tulug takes one and a half hours from Sandakan or 45 minutes from Lahad Datu. You may self-drive or go through a tour operator.

 

Opening Hours

Daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm

 

Admission Fees

MyKad holders : RM 2.00 (Adults) Others : RM15.00

Students in uniform, children below 12 years, disabled persons and senior citizens enter for free.

 
 
MASJID JAMEK

This mosque sits on the hilltop overlooking the town centre. Its quaint architecture was designed based on a harmony of Islamic elements.

 
 
ST. MICHAEL'S & ALL ANGEL CHURCH

Where locals come to buy fresh produce, fruits, delicacies and crafts, sarongs and seashells. The fish market here is perhaps the biggest in Sabah and offers a stunning array of fresh seafood.

 
 
THE CENTRAL MARKET

Where locals come to buy fresh produce, fruits, delicacies and crafts, sarongs and seashells. The fish market here is perhaps the biggest in Sabah and offers a stunning array of fresh seafood.

 
 
THE AUSTRALIAN MEMORIAL

Located at Mile 8, Jalan Labuk Utara, this RM750.000 Memorial is dedicated to some 2,700 Australian prisoners of war (POWs) and others who died at the Sandakan POW camp and death marches in North Borneo during World War 2. The Memorial comprises three Memorial Cairns within the Park, a Commemorative Pavilion and the Sandakan Memorial.

 
 
SAM SING KUNG TEMPLE

Situated at the edge of the town Padang, The Three Saint?s Temple is the oldest building in Sandakan. The three saints are Kwan Woon Cheung - saint of righteousness; the goddess of Tin Hou, worshipped by fishermen and seamen for protection and the Min Cheong Emperor, worshipped by those who seek success in examinations (even to this day!). Four Chinese communities got together and started the temple: the Cantonese. Teochew, Hakkas and the Hainanese. In the temple is a plate inscribed with the names of all those who gave more than RM2. The bell donated by the first Kapitan Cina of Sandakan, Fung Ming Shan can still be seen in the Temple today.

 
 
PUU JIH SHIH BUDDHIST TEMPLE

Situated on the hilltop above Tanah Merah, south of Sandakan town centre, the temple was built in 1987 at a cost of about RM7 million. From here, you can catch a breathtaking view of Sandakan Bay. The extravagantly ornate temple is a blaze of red and gold, with writhing dragons, gold-gilded Buddha?s, hundreds of gleaming lamps and the fragrance of burning incense. It is said that the temple protects and brings good-health and wealth to Sandakan and its people.

 
 
THAM KUNG TEMPLE

Situated at Mile 1.5 Jalan Utara, this century-old temple was built around 1894. Its uniqueness lies in its ?preservation of a temple within a temple? as conservation efforts had literally lifted the old temple and transferred it to within the new temple, a first in Malaysia.

 
 
JAPANESE CEMETERY

The Cemetery at Jalan Istana has a monument and the remains of Japanese soldiers who died during World War 2, plus some Japanese women who worked, lived and died in Sandakan.

 
 
OTHERS

Includes the Crocodile Farm and Forestry Headquarters at Labuk Road and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, situated on a 400-acre mangrove forest inside the Yet Hing Oil Palm Plantation.

 
 
 
SANDAKAN : Tourist Attraction
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA