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Major Districts

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city and is a central transportation hub but also a banking hub, major banks are all located here. The city was originally a swampy area and the administrative was actually on Pulau Gaya, the larger island just opposite of it before being relocated to the mainland. The place was originally know as Api Api, which means fireflies as this area was once a mangrove area, it was later renamed to Jesselton before acquiring the current name. The main city is mainly built on top of reclaimed land and only a few historic landmarks are left, namely Atkinson Tower and the old Post Office now known as the Sabah Tourism Building Office.

Sandakan or as it is formerly known as Elopura is the former capital of Sabah. Located on the east coast, the city is a trade center for fishery and palm oil industries. Sandakan is known for its wildlife tour stop and is known as Little Hong Kong. Sandakan is almost often visited by Australian communities as there is a WWII war memorial nearby. The famous writer Agnes Keith has a mark left here too. Sandakan is pit stop for those on the way to Lahad Datu, Semporna or Tawau. There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan mostly timed very well to a match tourists trying to catch the feeding time at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

Tawau is located on the south east coast of Sabah and is the third largest town in Sabah after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Being surrounded by the ocean, this fast-developing town is famous for its fresh, succulent and cheap seafood. It is also the largest agro-tourism destination in the state with attractions such as Balung Eco Resort, Tawau Hills Park and Teck Guan Cocoa Museum to name a few. Areas such as Maliau Basin are located nearby. There are daily coach buses serving the Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Tawau route. The airport is located outside the town. Most visitors to Semporna will often make the flight to Tawau. Flights from Kuala Lumpur directly to Tawau exists.

Labuan, formerly known as Victoria was once a part of Sabah governance before being converted by the government to be part of the federal states in Malaysia. As a federal state, it exercises tax free duties. Labuan derives its name from the Malay word 'labuhan' meaning anchorage; is currently best known as an offshore financial centre as well as a popular tourist destination for its wreck diving aficionados, thanks to the four identified ship wrecks near its shores.