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Top Choice Filipino in Pulau Labuan

Tambayan at Kainang

Behind a facade of bamboo and greenery, this Filipino joint is primarily a temple to pork, and we love its crispy lechon kawali (pork loin), adobo (pork slow-cooked in soy sauce and vinegar) and dinuguan (pork simme…
National Park in Pulau Labuan

Labuan Marine Park

Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Rusukan Kecil and Pulau Rusukan Besar are uninhabited islands lying southwest of Labuan that are now protected by the federal government. The beaches are pristine, but dynamite fishing has destr…
Museum in Pulau Labuan

Labuan Museum

This museum provides a good (if dry) introduction to the island's history and culture, from precolonial days through British and Japanese occupation, WWII and the establishment of Labuan as an independent federal te…
Cemetery in Pulau Labuan

WWII Memorial (Labuan War Cemetery)

A dignified expanse of lawn with row upon row of headstones dedicated to the nearly 4000 Commonwealth servicemen, mostly Australian and British, who lost their lives in Borneo during WWII. The cemetery is near the g…
Seafood in Pulau Labuan

Tiara Seafood Restaurant

Tiara Labuan's Chinese restaurant has good reports for its seafood (though scallops and mussels are imported and cooked from frozen). For the freshest stuff, pick your dinner from the tanks, choose a preparation met…
Pub Food in Pulau Labuan

The Kraken Grill @ The Waterfront

The owners picked a pirate theme and decided to run a few miles with it, hence the pirate-map menu and references to the Black Pearl and Jack. Come happy hour, buy one pint to get another free. And that's when this …
Malaysian in Pulau Labuan

Restoran Sharifah

Handily opposite the ferry terminal, Sharifah fills up with locals who come for the flaky roti prepared a dozen ways, murtabak filled with sardines, chicken or beef and an array of noodle dishes and rice with curry.…
Wildlife Reserve in Pulau Labuan

Labuan Bird Park

This pretty park offers refuge to a wide range of species (580, apparently) in three geodesic domes, and a swath of rainforest. The birds look a little bored, but healthy. The park is located at the north end of the…
Museum in Pulau Labuan

Labuan Marine Museum

On the coast just east of the centre, the Labuan International Sea Sports Complex houses a decent little museum with a good shell collection and displays of local marine life. Head upstairs to find a 12.8m-long skel…
Landmark in Pulau Labuan

Chimney

Formerly part of an old coal-mining station, this is the only historic monument of its kind in Malaysia, and has good views along the coast. Next to it is the Chimney Museum, where you can learn all about Labuan's f…