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Tawau Ferry Terminal
Wharf for express passenger boats to Nunukan and Tarakan in Indonesian Borneo.
|1) TAWAU to SG. NYAMUK (at Indonesia side of Sebatik Island)|
|Tawau-Sungai Nyamuk destination, an Indonesian province in
Pulau Sebatik, there is one ferry with a capacity of 100 passengers
for daily service.
The journey from Tawau to Sungai Nyamuk takes about a half hour,
The Tawau-Sungai Nyamuk passengers are charged RM25
|2) Tawau to Nunukan (at Nunukan Island of Indonesia below Sebatik Island)|
|Tawau-Nunukan (RM65) one hour. Tawau-Nunukan route there are two ferries. The Nunukan-Tawau direction has eight services daily.|
|3) Tawau to Tarakan ( in Kalimantan of Indonesia)|
|Tawau-Tarakan (RM130). Tawau-Tarakan (three hours).
Each day a ferry would go from Tawau to Tarakan and back
11:30AM INDOMAYA EXPRESS Tawau to Tarakan
Tawau to Tarakan Ferry fare:
INDOMAYA EXPRESS daily trip from Tawau to Tarakan at 11:30AM
Ferry fare is Rm 145.00 for adult.
AGENT : PERKHIDMATAN PELAYARAN BUMIPUTRA
Ferries link Tawau in Sabah with Nunukan's Tunon Taka
port in Indonesia.
Ticket costs RM65 for one way.
Two departures scheduled daily at 9:00am and 14:00pm. Journey time is about one hour. The ferries operating are
1) M.V. Tawindo Express
2) M.V. Mid East Express
3) M.V Labuan Express
4) M.V Mega Express
5) M.V Nunukan Express
6) M.V Purnama Express
7) M.V Francis Express
The New Ferry Terminal of Tawau
(That include Customs, Immigrations and Quarantine - CIQ)
Travellers using the present Passenger Ferry Terminal to and from Indonesia want the authorities to speed up the construction of a proper and safe ferry terminal because the Indonesians have completed theirs at Nunukan.
Tawau's new Ferry Terminal and Customs, Immigrations and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex on a four-acre site near Tawau port is beset with a land problem. The proposed land is owned by a private company.
This proposed RM25 million newExpress Ferry Terminal is under Sabah Port and Harbor Department's jurisdiction, as SPA is responsible for the necessary infrastructures and facilities.
This Rm25 millions 10-month project would involve two phases :
Phase 1 : the ferry terminal and CIQ complex
Phase 2 : security installation including closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs).
Both Malaysian and Indonesian travelers criticized the Malaysian authorities for delaying on the said project because the conditions at the present terminal in Tawau is hazardous. Other then dirty the place is also smelly because the location is just beside the wet fish market.
The new Tawau ferry terminal, when completed, would be able to accommodate up to six ferries at one time.
As for Nunukan terminal in the Indonesia side the Indonesian ferry terminal is completed for use in 2010.
This new Nunukan terminal would cater exclusively for passengers. The old one is converted for handling cargo.
Ferry links Tawau - East Kalimantan
There is no air link between Tawau and the Kalimantan region
Ferry service is vital link between Tawau and Kalimantan of Indonesia.
The ferry helps in the economics of residents of Tawau, Sungai Nyamuk, Nunukan and Tarakan. At the same time contributes to cement social and cultural ties between Malaysians and Indonesians.
Workers from Indonesia who work in various sectors in Sabah come to Tawau through Tarakan and Nunukan.
There are 14 ferries at the Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) complex which provide services between Tawau and three destinations in East Kalimantan.
Tawau CIQ complex needs to be upgraded as it was always overcrowded.
All ferries, whether registered in Malaysia or Indonesia, have different passenger capacity depending on the size of the ferry, but on the average it was 100 to 158 passengers.
The express boats are equipped with safety equipment, there is air-conditioning and video games for passenger comfort.
The future of the Tawau-Kalimantan ferry service is bright with the support of tourist industry.
The draw of Tawau to people from the neighboring country is shopping. Tawau has a very high potential as a tourist destination, especially for shopping. People from Sungai Nyamuk come to Tawau every day.
Ferry Services between Tawau (Malaysia) and Kalimantan
If you are coming through Tarakan and Nunukan Indonesia, ferry services are available. There are 9 daily ferry services from Nunukan which will take approximately about 1 hour journey and 2 ferry services from Tarakan which will take about 3 hours. These ferry services are chargeable at reasonable price.
No less than 2,000 people, both Malaysians and Indonesians, used the Tawau terminal every day.
There are ferry connections from Tawau to Nunukan and Tarakan in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The fare to Nunukan is RM65 for a one-way trip that takes about 1 hour.
The fare to Tarakan is RM140 for a three-hour journey.
Starting June 2009, the Consortium of Tawau Ferry Companies has raised the fare from Tawau to Nunukan from RM40 to RM65.
Tawau to Tarakan fare increased from RM100 to RM140.
The consortium had to raise the fare to meet rising operational costs due to the hike in diesel price.
There are 9 ferries plying the Tawau-Nunukan route daily with another ferry for the Tawau-Tarakan route.
1,000 over passengers use the Tawau-Nunukan ferry service daily.
The express boats were built by ship builders in Sibu around 2002.
M.V. LABUAN EXPRESS
KM MEGA EXPRESS 1&2
TAWAU TO NUNUKAN TO TAWAU
KM MALINDO EXPRESS
TAWAU TO/FROM NUNUKAN
MID EAST EXPRESS
TAWAU TO/FROM NUNUKAN
KM. TAWINDO NO.1
TAWAU TO/FROM NUNUKAN (PP)
M.V. TAWINDO NO.2
TAWAU TO/FROM TARAKAN
Adult : Rm 140.00
Child : Rm 70.00
No VISA required to enter Indonesia from following countries:
NEGARA BEBAS VISA KE INDONESIA:
03. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
07. HONK KONG SAR
08. MACAO SAR
M.V. KAPAL LABUAN EXPRESS DUA
TAWAU -- NUNUKAN
K.M. CINTA 2000
TAWAU -- SG. NYAMUK
Regional Bus Terminal (Long-distance Terminal)
at Bandar Sri Indah, 16Km Jalan Apas, Tawau -Airport Road
Express Ferry Terminal
next to Fish Market
at Sabindo Square
Local Bus Station
at Jalan Stephen Tan
The old Tawau Regional Bus Terminal
(Old Long-distance bus terminal)
at Jalan Chen Fook, Tawau Town Center
Boats and Vessels of Borneo Island