is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah,
Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It occupies the peninsula on the north
side of Darvel Bay. Lahad Datu is surrounded by stretches of cocoa and oil
palm plantations. It is also an important timber exporting port. The town
has an airport for domestic flights. The
Lahad Datu Airport is located 1 km from the town.
Lahad Datu also has several palm oil refineries. The Palm Oil Industrial
Cluster (POIC) is located near the Lahad Datu Port and received its first
vessel on 1 March 2013. It consists of 1,150 acres (5 km2) of land
developed (with a centralised bulking facility and a jetty, currently
under construction, which will have a draft of 20 meters, making it one of
the few deep sea ports in the world) specifically for palm oil downstream
Some tourism attraction in the district such as Danum Valley Conservation
Area, Tabin Wildlife Reserve and the Madai Caves.