Island & Beaches

Island & Beaches


Layang-Layangan Island


A gem, a sparkle within the deep blue sea, a beautiful emerald all alone kissed by the sun in the South China Sea, is the Layang Layang or “Swallows Reef”. An atoll 300km North West of Labuan, near the Spratly islands, it is manmade and constructed for the Malaysian Navy and later developed into a dive resort. The 90 rooms, 3star Layang Layang Island Resort is complete with amenities, conferencing and banqueting facilities. 13 coral reefs linked form a calm lagoon, making Layang Layang a magical marine kingdom bursting with a kaleidoscopic of marine life. It is a world class fishing and diving paradise, rated as a “Big Fish” and wall diving Mecca of Southeast Asia and one of the top ten dive locations in the world. The whole island is only 7.5 km long and 2 km wide. Big-eye trevally, green, hawksbill turtles are seen near the carol reefs and 20m deep lagoon is home to seahorses. Stingrays, manta rays are regular visitors with rare sightings of whale sharks. Dolphins frequently follow dive boats and divers are sometimes rewarded with snorkelling and diving with these intelligent creatures. The atoll is also a favoured nesting colony for several seafaring migratory birds. Hence this is not only a diver’s paradise but also a bird watcher’s haven. The island is accessible by one hour flight from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah and sea packages from Labuan Island are available for the more adventurous to travel by sea

Kuraman Island


Kuraman island is a small tropical island belonging to Malaysia in the South China Sea located off the coast of Federal Territory of Labuan. It is sparsely populated and is popular with expatriates, divers and those who travel between Labuan and Brunei. Its land area measures 147 hectares. Together with the much smaller islands Pulau Rusukan Besar and Pulau Rusukan Kecil it forms the Labuan Marine Park. The old name of Pulau Kuraman is Mompraçem, the island that plays a role in the Sandokan book series. Kuraman island has two main beaches and is noted for its fishing, large sand spit and pleasant tropical island atmosphere. The interior is forested with a range of timbers and contains cleared paths for jungle walks. In recent years, large storms have contributed to increased erosion resulting in several areas of vegetation and numerous buildings being washed into the sea. In the surrounding waters off Kuraman there are several known shipwrecks including the Dutch Steamer SS De Klerk and a minesweeper, the USS Salute, both sunk during the Second World War. Kuraman, like the rest of North Borneo, was captured by the Japanese during this period and was liberated by the Australian Army in 1945, although no fighting ever occurred on the island. Two other major shipwrecks can be found in the area: the MV Tung Hwuang, a freighter that sank in the 1980s while transporting cement to Brunei for the Sultan’s new palace, and the MV Mabini Padre, a trawler from the Philippines which caught fire and sank in 1981. Kuraman has no roads or vehicles and it can only be reached by boat. There is a small private jetty and a new larger government pier which assist in providing access. A lighthouse, built by the British in 1897, is situated on the highest point of the island. Kuraman is populated by predominantly illegal immigrants from the Philippines, who claim to be a local Malay community, with a small village that includes a bar which serves food and is locally known for its fried chicken. Basic accommodation is also available, with small shacks available for rent. In 2004 a group of expatriates from Brunei contemplated building a bar/clubhouse for divers, however nothing resulted from this due to various legal complications. Apparently in a tongue-in-cheek manner, this same group then announced plans to develop the island and declare independence or greater self-government, stating a perceived dubious Malaysian claim to the island resulting from a conflicting historic Bruneian claim to Kuraman and its surrounding islands. This went as far as designing a flag for the island, similar to the many unofficial flags which have originated in varying areas around the globe. This was taken lightheartedly in both Labuan and Brunei and could be looked upon as a form of micronationalism

Papan Island


The island is 5 minutes boat ride away from Labuan and a popular weekend getaway for Brunei citizens and local residents. Activities here include jungle trekking, picnics, snorkelling, and other water sports activities. Blessed with blue waters and underwater treasures, it is well developed with beautiful land and seascapes with and old colonial lighthouse. The island has a mini agricultural park with an interesting collection of plant life from the region. There are chalets for rent but camping is more popular here.

Daat Island


The 242.9 hectare island is privately owned and guess what, it is currently up for sale. Daat Island has absolutely gorgeous views of the South China Sea and Labuan Island, as well as a patch of rainforest. Due to its private nature, it is not open to the public but hey, if you have a cool USD 51 million to spare, you may just want to consider getting this charming island all to yourself


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