Pulau Papan, Labuan

1. Freeze registers as a boat passenger
1. Freeze registers as a boat passenger

When my fellow media friends and I visited Labuan, we did our fair share of island hopping! As you are aware, the main Labuan Island is encompassed by six smaller ones. One of them is Pulau Papan, which we had the chance to explore one morning.

2. Ed waves goodbye to his friends on shore
2. Ed waves goodbye to his friends on shore
 3. heading to Pulau Papan
3. heading to Pulau Papan

Pulau Papan (or Papan Island) with a land size of 10.52 hectares was used for a lighthouse from 1895 to around 2004, when the 12-metre tall lighthouse was upgraded to another one that was 18 metres, taller and brighter.

4. captain of the boat in full concentration
4. captain of the boat in full concentration
 5. at the Pulau Papan jetty
5. at the Pulau Papan jetty

After World War II, the Allied forces used Papan Island as a temporary detention camp for Japanese prisoners of war. It was only in 1994 that the Ministry of Agriculture Malaysia developed the island into a mini agricultural park, to boost tourism in the area.

6. Pulau Papan
6. Pulau Papan
 7. welcome signage
7. welcome signage

These days, Papan Island is a camping site and weekend getaway destination for mainly Malaysians. Don’t be surprised that Chinese tourists will flood Pulau Papan soon. They know all the best spots!

8. the trail
8. the trail
9. temporary detention camp
9. temporary detention camp

When my friends and I were there, we participated in various water activities, from banana boat to sofa boat, wind sailing, swimming, snorkerlling and sunbathing. As a corporate team building was on, the island became crowded.

 10. the old and the new lighthouses
10. the old and the new lighthouses
11. walking trail around one part of the island
11. walking trail around one part of the island

Oh, by the way, holidaymakers who wish to spend a longer time on the island may do so by renting one of the chalets. Enclosed in this post are photos of one of the chalets. It’s so homey, don’t you think so?

12. banana boat activity
12. banana boat activity
13. chalet for rent
13. chalet for rent

There are many tour agents in Labuan town that offer holiday packages to Pulau Papan. Just sign up with an authorised agent, as private trips are not possible.

14. living room
14. living room
15. guest room
15. guest room

Look at my photos, do you think you want to visit Pulau Papan any time soon?

16. guest room
16. guest room
17. washroom
17. washroom

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With love

4 thoughts on “Pulau Papan, Labuan

  1. so this place is called Pulau Papan.. great.. at least i got almost all the list here.. rather than not knowing where to go when im there.!!

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