There are several ways you can get to Labuan. Flying in via MAS or AirAsia is of course one of them. This is the new Airport of Labuan.
Another way is by ferry from four points. Kota Kinabalu, Sipitang and Menumbuk are all from Sabah while Brunei Darul Salam is the only international point. You can also drive a car to Labuan from Borneo. Drive a car over the ocean? Yes via a ferry from Menumbuk. The car ferry. Many passengers to Sabah use the car ferry to take advantage of the lower fare of only RM5.00 and upon arrival at Menumbuk, they will take a bus to anywhere they want to go. They dont mind the slower ride as the amount of saving is substantial to them.
Get the full list of the ferry schedules and fares at the ferry terminals.
So what is there to see in Labuan?
Tourism Malaysia brochures will tell you there are 15 places of interest on the island. I have given some glimpse of them in my previous blogs but for those who are reading my blog for the firs time these are the full list of them taken from their brochure.
1. The Chimney and the tunnel.
2. Labuan Bird Park
3. Labuan International Sea Sports Complex.
Peace Park is located in Layang-layangan and very close to the Surrender Point but they are two different attractions. The most delicious beef satay I have tasted is found near to Peace Park at stall no.1. The coconut tasted the same at any of the stalls. They are served whole with no sugar or ice.
View as seen from another perpective.
A boulder with the words Peace Is The Best etched into it. I guess those letters in Kanji means the same.
A beautiful arch bridge over the lake.
House No 12 on row no 2 from Peace Park used to be lived by Feisal aka Mat Salo. This 2 rooms terrace is being rented out at RM700 a month now and any vacancy will be snapped up immediately. My son in law failed to rent one because he was second in the queue.
HERE, ON THE 9TH SEPTEMBER 1945, THE COMMANDER OF THE 9TH DIVISION, AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES, RECEIVED THE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF THE 32ND JAPANESE SOUTHERN ARMY IN NORTHE BORNEO AND SARAWAK.
A pair of brother and sister was playing on a fallen tree trunk while the mother sweeps the beach. Beach maintainence is serious business in Labuan and you can see people doing cleaning up all form of trashes and dead woods washed up ashore. Even the sea algae which were washed ashore are removed.
8. Water Villages.
Ekin a contestant of Akedemi Fantasia comes from this village hence the support from the village folks.
What a lovely sight I saw outside of Kampung Bebuluh Laut.
Labuan Square as seen from the Post Office side.
Remnants of WW II killing weapons. These are depth charges that are used to fight a submarine.
14. Duty Free Shopping.
Is that cheap enough for you?
If I were to add to the list I would like to add the following places or subjetcts of interest:
Go to any of the beaches and they are well maintained.
Waited for an hour for these shots.
Ujana Kewangan Komplex.
Gold Plated Crystals anyone?
Queen of the House will shop till she drops here.
b. The Sikh Temple
c. The Chinese Temples
This Chinese temple is one of the many Chinese “Tao” temples on the island. Most of them are built by the Hokkien community. Every year in March, the Hokkien community conducts a diety procession with devotees dress in colourful costumes displaying their various dieties- http://www.labuantourism.com.my/
These peoples were returning to Pulau Daat. We struck a conversation when I requested permission to take their pictures.
Leaf from pisang abu is used for making of cakes or wrapping of nasi lemak. In Kelantan only the pisang tenggala is used. Unlike pisang abu, pisang tenggala is solely cultivated for their leaves as the fruit is full of seeds and not suitable for eating when ripe.
Near to the pasar there is a public toilet that is pretty well decorated. At the time of my visit the toilet didn't smell much but a ciggarette butt was found on the floor. How insensible some people can be.
On the day that I went I saw one boat coming home with some catch of ikan merah. They are sold at RM15.00 per kg. at the jetty while the price at the fish market is RM18.00. Furthermore they are fresh.
f. Labuan Nightlife
j. On Pulau Enoe next to Asian Supply Base I saw Petronas Methanol Labuan a gargantuan plant to produce methanol.
While trying to finish this post AirAsia sent a SMS to inform me that my flight back to KL tomorrow morning is cancelled and I will be put on the evening flight meaning I will miss the onward flight to Kota Bharu which will depart at 8.20 PM long before I reach KL. The flight to Kota Bharu will be moved to the next day. Lucky thing I have a son staying in Enstek Labu which is about 20 minutes drive away. What if I don't have any place to stay?