Top things to do in Southwestern Sabah

Top Choice Beach in Tempurung

Pantai Tempurung

Borneo's loveliest beach is a long, almost-pristine stretch of white sand, lapped at by clear waters. The waves are gentle and great for swimming. You need your own wheels to get here, or else charter a taxi in Kual…
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…
Nature Reserve in Tambunan

Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve

Near the top of the Crocker Range, next to the main highway, 20km north of Tambunan, this park is devoted to the world's largest flower. The Rafflesia Rangers can guide you into the jungle reserve for the day for RM…
Park in Tenom

Sabah Agriculture Park

About 15km northeast of Tenom and originally set up as an orchid centre, this vast park has become a major research facility and tourist attraction, building up superb collections of rare plants such as hoyas, and d…
Museum in Tambunan

Dusun Museum

Well worth a peek, this museum showcasing traditional Dusun culture is located inside a traditional bamboo dwelling. Inside you'll find antique Chinese stoneware jars, woven containers for hunting and gathering, wea…
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 …