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Vacation rentals in Tawau

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Popular amenities for Tawau vacation rentals

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Tawau

  • Total rentals

    170 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    40 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    40 properties have a pool

  • Family-friendly rentals

    100 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    1K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Tawau

All About Tawau

Located on Borneo’s remote east coast, the Malaysian port town of Tawau has somehow eluded the limelight despite its abundance of natural beauty. Overlooking the Celebes Sea, Tawau is a gateway to the islands of Sipadun and Mabul, home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Southeast Asia. The town is a major agricultural center, and the largest producer of cocoa in Malaysia. (In fact, you can pay a visit to a cocoa museum to learn more about the crop and sample the local chocolate.)

Tawau is also known for reeling in some of the best seafood in Borneo. A busy port beside the waterfront esplanade buzzes with trawlers unloading their daily catch, and within hours the fish — squid, anchovies, abalone — appears in restaurants and markets like Pasar Tanjung Tawau, the largest indoor market in Malaysia with over 6,000 stalls. Inland, you’re treated to an unspoiled landscape of jungle, waterfalls, and hillside hikes, all of which you’ll encounter at the region’s crown jewel, Tawau Hills Park.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Tawau

The best time to visit Tawau is between November and April, when the days are usually sunny with little rainfall. The streets light up during December and early January with music and food festivals for the holiday season, when the city is adorned in holiday decorations. The temperature drops a little in February, and the city comes alive to celebrate Chinese New Year. In April, the Tawau Cultural Fest rolls out dance rituals and cultural programs from more than 30 ethnic groups native to the area. Groups from other areas in Thailand, Indonesia, and China join in on the fun.

Top things to do in Tawau

Tawau Hills Park

Spread over 110 square miles of rainforest, Tawau Hills Park is full of incredible waterfalls, rare plant species, and rocky hills. If you are looking for a strenuous hike, choose from three mountains — Mount Magdalena, Mount Lucia, and Mount Maria. The park’s four waterfalls are a major draw, especially the natural pool under Table Waterfall where you can dip your feet in the clear waters and snatch a great photo. Watch out for the freshwater shrimps swimming around as well: they are known to nibble away at the dead skin on your feet.

Pasar Tanjung Tawau

The largest indoor market in Malaysia is a shopper’s paradise with thousands of stalls to browse. You’ll enjoy a large variety of dried seafood, fresh fruits, and local delicacies such as amplang, or kerupuk kuku macan, a traditional fish cracker snack. Handicrafts are also huge here, including hand-woven baskets, placemats, and wood carvings.

Sipadan Island

Navigable by boat from Tawau, Sipadan Island is known to be one of the world’s best locations for scuba. This island is home to more than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species. You’ll likely spot green turtles, schools of the parrotfish, and barracuda. On shore, pull out your binoculars to view the many migratory bird species found at the bird sanctuary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Tawau?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 50 homes with wireless internet, over 80 homes with air conditioning, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Tawau?

    Tawau has more than 100 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Tawau?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 40 vacation rentals in Tawau featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Do bungalow rentals in Tawau have wireless internet?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 bungalow rentals with wireless internet in Tawau. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Tawau vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 40 vacation homes with pools in Tawau, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • How much does it cost to stay in cottage rentals in Tawau?

    Experience the best of Tawau with our cottage rentals, starting at about $40 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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