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Tawau f 223 miles (360 km) S of Sandakan. * 178,000. ~ @ ( Tawau primary marketplace, day-by-day. _ Tawau Cultural Carnival (Mar). www. sabahtourism. com Tawau sits at the coast within the severe southeast of Sabah. it's a shipping hub and a transit element for viewers heading towards Semporna and the offshore islands of Sipadan (see pp194–5). This bustling port started existence as a modest Bajau cost, yet in 1878 the British North Borneo corporation, attracted by means of the positive normal harbor and wealthy volcanic soil present in the quarter, settled in Tawau. They shipped in elephants from Burma to help with logging within the wooded area. trees has continually been the leading produce of this city, even if the wealthy soil additionally sustains plantations of rubber, coconut, cocoa, and palm oil. actually, Tawau is the cocoa capital of Borneo, and the cocoa property at within reach Quoin Hill admits viewers to work out the levels of processing cacao beans to chocolate. Palm oil is cultivated much more largely in Tawau, and plantations of its fan-like fronds are scattered round the kingdom of Sabah. Tawau faces Kalimantan around the strait and has a excessive percent of Indonesian and Filipino citizens. whereas there are a few squalid components, the city middle is a tidy lend of conventional wood shophouses and glossy concrete blocks. The joyful treet markets provide a large mixture of items such herbs, greens, hes, and toys offered through cellular investors. Tawau’s p fish industry is usually busy, and unique seafood is accessible on the open-air stalls obvious in every single place city. Tawau is the jumping-off aspect for journeys to the Maliau Basin to the west, that is dubbed “Sabah’s misplaced international” A lush stretch of low hills and thick mossy rainforest, Tawau Hills nation Park used to be validated the following in 1979 to guard the watershed of the Tawau, Merotai, Kinabutan, Mantri, and Balung rivers. Occupying approximately 104 sq miles (270 sq km), the park is a favourite between birders. The blue-banded kingfisher, wattled pheasant, blue-headed pitta, and the Bornean wrenbabbler could be noticed right here. Sightings of monkeys also are universal. the top hill is the 4,268 toes (1,300 m) excessive Gunung Magdalena. A reduce top, Bombalai Hill, simply 1,739 toes (530 m) excessive, is an extinct volcano that may be reached following a 30 minutes path from the park headquarters. A 3-hour trek ends up in a few sizzling springs and desk Waterfall, the place the crystal transparent river makes for a great swimming spot. Being so on the subject of an enormous city, this park is particularly renowned and will get crowded in the course of weekends, creating a mid-week stopover at really useful. Air Tejun Galas Falls, Tawau Hills country Park 194 M A L AY S I A Pulau Sipadan R E G I O N B Y R E G I O N d Rated one of the world’s most sensible 5 dive websites, Pulau Sipadan is a limestone spire emerging approximately 1,970 toes (600 m) from the sea-bed. Fringed with white and sandy shorelines, the island is surrounded by way of a beautiful coral reef teeming with over 3,000 species of marine existence, together with colourful butterflyfish, angelfish, and vivid orange and electrical blue damselfish. Sightings of sharks, barracudas, turtles, and manta rays also are universal within the waters round the reef.