Things to do in Labuan

Labuan Things To Do

As one of the lesser-visited destinations in Malaysia, I have come up with a simple list of things to do in Labuan for anyone planning to come here.

Labuan offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, namely if this place is on your Malaysia bucket list. While this FT is known for its oil and gas, it is also one of the duty-free places in Malaysia.

Things to do in Labuan

Tourist Map of Labuan
Click on the larger map to see this tourist map of Labuan.

For anyone planning to visit this federal territory of Malaysia, here is a list of things to do in Labuan:

  1. Duty-Free Shopping: Take advantage of Labuan's duty-free status and explore the modern shopping centres, which offer a wide range of goods, including spirits, tobacco, textiles, and appliances. Take advantage of the annual shopping carnival with attractive discounts.

  2. Explore World War II Sites: Visit significant historical sites such as the Labuan War Cemetery, Allied Landing Point, and Japanese Surrender Park to learn about Labuan's role during World War II.

  3. Wreck Diving: Dive into the clear blue waters surrounding Labuan and explore its renowned wreck diving sites, including the Australian Wreck, American Wreck, Cement Wreck, and Blue Water Wreck.

  4. Enjoy Outdoor Activities: Engage in outdoor activities like sport fishing, which Labuan is famous for. The surrounding islands offer rich coral and fishing grounds, making them an ideal destination for deep-sea and coastal fishing.

  5. Attend Cultural Shows: Experience the local culture by attending cultural shows that excite Labuan's atmosphere. These shows offer insights into the island's traditions and heritage.

  6. Visit Natural Attractions: Relax on Labuan's beautiful beaches, such as Batu Manikar, Pancur Hitam, and Layang-layangan beach. Enjoy picnics, swimming, and sunbathing while appreciating the pristine beauty of the South China Sea.

  7. Explore Kampung Air (Water Village): Stroll through the attractive water village, where houses, shops, and mosques are built on wooden stilts along the water's edge. Experience the unique lifestyle of the villagers and snap some memorable photos.

  8. Golfing: Play golf at Labuan's golf courses, including the Labuan International Golf Club and Labuan Golf Club, which offer stunning views of the South China Sea and lush greenery.

  9. Visit Cultural and Architectural Landmarks: Explore cultural landmarks like the Jamek An-Nur Mosque, the largest mosque in Labuan, and Labuan Square, where various events and celebrations are held.

  10. Bird Watching: Visit the Bird Park, which houses various bird species. Enjoy observing and learning about the different birds in their natural habitat.

Places to Visit in Labuan
Labuan is a vibrant, unexplored city.


Whether you are interested in ecotourism, history, outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply relaxing on the beach, Labuan has something to offer for every type of traveller.

I hope this list of things to do in Labuan has given you a better insight into what you can do if you plan to visit this place in Malaysia, Borneo.

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