Consisting of three secluded islelets of Rusukan Kecil, Rusukan Besar and Kuraman. It has sandy beaches, wreck sites, and is suitable for swimming, snorkeling, or diving in its 20 spectacular dive sites.
An atoll in the middle of the marine park is known for its many snakes sheltering there.
The Marine Museum is one part of the Labuan International Water Sports Complex.
We wandered around several floors (16 galleries) in the Marine Museum which focused on marine life around Labuan and Borneo. This building houses three different towers which host a different activity in each. There is a sea sports centre, Marine Biology centre and Souvenir shops and eateries. There was a good display of Ocean life and it was FREE OF CHARGE!
Exhibition items were live specimens and preserved species of fish, sea corals, snails and moluscs, reptiles and zoo planktons, sea plants, artifacts from shipwrecks, sea research through the aquarium method, touch-pool, video wall, graphics, models, posters and charts.
ADMISSION IS FREE!
OPEN.....daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
LABUAN WAR CEMETERY
Labuan War Cemetery is about 3.2 km from Victoria, overlooking the harbour. It is the only war cemetery in North Borneo and contains, as well as the graves from Sandakan, about 500 from Kuching where there was another large prisoner of war camp.
Of the 3,908 buried here, a large number are unidentified graves, this was due to the destruction of all the records of the camps by Colonel Suya, the Japanese commandant.
When apprehended, Suya committed suicide rather than face questioning on his conduct of the Borneo camps.
In this cemetery, forming a forecourt immediately inside the main entrance gate, stands the Labuan Memorial commemorating 2,225 officers and men of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and the local forces of North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei.
These men died while prisoners of war in Borneo and the Philippines from 1942 to 1945, and during the operations for the recovery of Borneo, and have no known graves.
Lots of prisoners of war, were forced by the Japanese to march from Sandakan to Ranau,
this is know as 'the death march'
Most of those are buried here a Labuan.
Beyond the forecourt, in an open grassed space in the centre of the cemetery, stands the Cross of Sacrifice.
Their final resting place is high on a hill, set amongst a lovely landscaped garden.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
A sad look into the past.
Rememberance day, is the 1st Sunday in November.
when the night appear. most of the small bars in Labuan such as popin, tiptop, beyond millennium and others is open, mostly visitor is mariner, such as capt., ch engineer , ch officer, and other ranks in the ship, their like to be enjoyed in bars such drink he alcohol, hook with girls, mostly girls that work as Guest relation officer mostly came from phillipine and indnesia. their all have been tricked to work as a saleslady and waitress, eventually thy are all work as a GRO, what a pity stories.. MALAYSIAN POLICE and MALAYSIAN IMMIGRATION just KEEP ACCEPTING CORRUPTION to keep silent and let the dirty business is running, i as a malaysian citizenhoping that this thing can be handle by appropriate authority.
Passing through Labuan
We took the high-speed catamaran ferry to Labuan from Brunei. It took about 75 minutes.
Labuan is part of Malaysia, but has off-shore tax status. It is just off the north coast of Borneo, near Brunei. I had a meeting here, so we booked a cheap hotel just for half a day to be a base while we split up. One meeting was at the modern Financial Park Complex office block. The office was high up and had a good view of the harbour. The rest of the family walked around town.
Then we met up and all got into a taxi and got the driver to take us all around the island. We saw a WW2 cemetery, and Peace Park, Surrender Point (see tip), where the Japanese forces surrendered to the Australian forces at the end of the war.
The taxi dropped us off at the airport and we flew to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The airport was in a massive state of reconstruction and confusion, and our flight was over three hours delayed.