Discover Tawau, Sabah

Welcome To Tawau

Tawau is the third biggest city of Sabah, after Kota Kinabalu in the west and Sandakan in the east. The city plays an important role within Malaysia because of its three major products; tobacco, cocoa and palm oil. As the city is located along the Celebes Sea, it is also known for its great seafood restaurants (especially popular are the huge tiger prawns).

Tawau is one of the biggest producers of cocoa in the world. Next to that much of the timber from the mainland of Borneo is shipped out of Sabah via Tawau’s port. Tawau is located in the southeastern region of Sabah, nearby the eastern border with Kalimantan, Indonesia (though you need to obtain a visa to cross the border to Indonesia up front).

How to get to Tawau

Both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia offer daily flights from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA and LCCT) and from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. Prices often differ not that much between the two airlines, though AirAsia does offer cheaper fares during their special promotions. Once you arrive at the airport, the taxi is the easiest and quickest way to get to Tawau city center (30km, around RM45). A considerable cheaper solution is to travel by public bus from the airport to Tawau.

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Tourist Attractions Around Tawau

Tawau Hills Park

Tawau Hills National Park

The park is home to numerous plant and animal species. Lowland orchids are also abundant; the most spectacular is the Elephant's Ear Orchid. Be sure to check out the Lowland Gardens.


Teck Guan Cocoa Village

Teck Guan Cocoa Village

Cocoa Village is 30 minutes drive from Tawau International Airport. This sprawling cocoa plantation estate has miles and miles of cocoa trees as far as the eye can see.


Teck Guan Cocoa Museum

Teck Guan Cocoa Museum

The museum is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. Within the museum grounds, you will also find a cocoa processing plant and manufacturing factory, giving you an up close view of the production process.


Madai Caves

Madai Caves

Madai Cave (Gua Madai), which is known as "Swiftlet Mountain" by locals, is one of the important producers of high-quality black bird nest in Sabah. It is the second biggest cave in Sabah.


Maliau Basin

Maliau Basin

Maliau Basin is an excellent site for jungle trekking and bird watching. It contains an unusual assemblage of 12 forest types, rare montane heath forest and lowland, and hill diperocarp forest. The highlight of the adventure is to trek the majestic 7 tiers Maliau Falls.


Danum Valley

Danum Valley

Danum Valley Conservation Area is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Borneo's biodiversity is on full display inside the 472 square kilometer preserve, with well over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians living in the relatively untouched, mostly primary, lowland dipterocarp forest.


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