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Tawau (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 Perbandaran Tawau).

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 Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur and many others.

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 Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai.

From Tawau Airport to Semporna Jetty takes 90 minutes by van or coach.






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