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About Sabah & Tawau


Sabah is one of the 13 member states of Malaysia , and is its easternmost state. It is located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo. It is the second largest state in the country after Sarawak, which it borders on its southwest. It also shares a border with the province of East Kalimantan of Indonesia in the south. The capital of East Sabah Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton. Sabah is often referred to as "The Land Below The Wind", a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe lands south of the typhoon belt.

Tawau is the administrative centre of Tawau Division, Malaysia and the third largest town of Sabah after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Tawau is located at the south-eastern coast of Sabah and faces the Celebes Sea to the east and the interior mountain ranges to the west. The main town area can be divided into three sections, i.e. Sabindo, Fajar and Tawau Lama or Old Tawau. Federal House, where most government offices such as the Immigration Department and the National Registration Department are located is found in Sabindo area. Fajar is the commercial area. The Tawau District Court is also situated here. Tawau Lama is the original part of Tawau. Both the central market and the port are located in Tawau Lama.

Tawau Industries :
Tawau's economy is agriculture based with oil palm and cocoa the main crops besides seaweed culture in the nearby coastal town of Semporna. Downstream industries are related to these sectors.


Tawau's Attractions :
Sipadan island is Malaysia's diving haven and is rated as 1 of the top 5 dive destinations of the world. Sipadan island and other dive havens like Mabul, Mataking and Kapalai islands are all located off Semporna, about 100km from Tawau.

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located about 25 kilometers west of Sandakan in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia. The centre opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets. The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready. The sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of 4,294 ha (10,610 acres), much of which is virgin rainforest. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve.[3] It has become one of Sabah's tourist attractions. (by Wikipedia)

Danum Valley Conservation Area is a 438 square kilometres tract of relatively undisturbed lowland dipterocarp forest in Sabah, Malaysia. The area holds unique status in the sense that before it became a conservation area there were no human settlements within the area, meaning that hunting, logging and other human interference was non existent making the area almost unique. It is managed by Yayasan Sabah for conservation, research, education and physical training purposes. The nearest town, Lahad Datu is about 82 km away (about a 2 hours drive on mainly logging roads). Danum Valley Field Centre is a research establishment for scientists and education purposes, and there is one lodge, the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, for tourists to stay. From here visitors can do guided walks through lowland rainforest trails, and many people go there mainly for bird watching. Other activities include night walks and drives. The lowland rainforest is home to many birds and mammals. It is the only place where the enigmatic Spectacled Flowerpecker has been recorded. Orang utans, gibbons, and other primates, including the tarsier, as well as deer, wild cats and the rare Bornean Pygmy Elephant may be seen. Other notable species that inhabit the area the Sun Bear and Sumatran Rhino. (by Wikipedia)


Sipadan Island & Mataking Island

Mabul Island & Kapalai Resort

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

Danum Valley

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