(formerly known as Tawao), is the third-largest town in Sabah
after the Kota Kinabalu
and Sandakan, on the south-eastern coast
of Borneo in Malaysia. It is located on the east coast of the island in
the administrative centre of Tawau Division which surround by the Sulu Sea
in the east, Celebes Sea to the south at the Cowie Bay and shares a border
with East Kalimantan (now North Kalimantan).
The town is administered by the Tawau Municipal Council (Majlis
Currently, there are 40 timber-processing plants together with a number of
sawmills and the Tawau Port has become the main export and import gateway
for timber especially from North Kalimantan.
Like in Sandakan, people in Tawau have always
relied on the sea for their sustenance. Every day, hundreds of deep sea
trawlers and tuckboats can be seen at the Cowie Bay. In the sea also where
the barter trade economy been used.
Tawau Airport (TA) (ICAO Code
: WBKW) provides flights linking the town to other domestic
destinations. Local destinations for the airport including
Kuching, Kuala Lumpur and
Tawau Airport are air arrival for various travel packages offered by
tour operators before transit to
Semporna Jetty for departures to islands in Celebes Sea such as
Tawau Airport to
Semporna Jetty takes 90 minutes by van or