Sandakan Wildlife Trails Experience

3 Nights


Discover and explore Turtle Island and learn about the conservation of turtles and witness the release of baby turtles. Head over to Sepilok next and visit the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned and injured Orang Utan's are looked after. Continue with a boat cruise along Sabah's longest river where you will search for some primates including the endemic Proboscis Monkey's sitting on the treetops. The perfect trip for animal lovers!

From £631pp


- Turtle Island, Selingan Island
- Learn about the conservation of turtles and witness the process of collecting eggs from the nest and a release of baby turtles
- Visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
- Boat trip along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan
- Look out for primates and Proboscis Monkeys sitting on the treetops
- Bird watching and a search for other wildlife
- Gomantong Cave visit
- City tour to see various landmarks of Sandakan

  • Day 1 - Sandakan / Selingan Island
  • Day 2 - Sukau
  • Day 3 - Sukau
  • Day 4 - Sukau / Sandakan
  • Additional Information

Start your tour with an 8am pick-up from your hotel in Sandakan or be met upon your arrival into Sandakan Airport (Preferably on the AK6492 or MH2042) and be transferred to the jetty.

At 9.30am, your boat will depart to Turtle Island. It will take approximately an hour to reach Selingan Island which lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah's east coast.

Selingan Island is the main nesting area for the green turtles. A day of relaxation for you to swim or snorkel at the island.

After dinner, prepare to wait for the Park Ranger to inform you of the sighting of turtles laying eggs. Learn about the conservation of these turtles, witness the collecting of eggs from the nesting site, planting them in the hatchery and see baby turtles scrambling to the open sea upon release on the shore.

Overnight stay at the Island Chalet - room with an attached bathroom.

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner

Selingan Turtle Island Chalet

Property Location When you stay at Selingan Turtle Island in Sandakan, you'll be on the beach and convenient to Libaran Island Jetty. This beach lodge is within the vicinity of Turtle Islands Park.

Check out at 6.30am and have breakfast. Embark on another boat ride back to the mainland Sandakan.

Proceed to drive for about 30 minutes to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned and injured Orang Utan's are bought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to return and fend for themselves back to the wild. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest; a fine showcase of Borneo's remaining rainforest. Witness the 10am feeding of Orang Utan's from a platform in the forest and later watch the 25 minutes scheduled video documentary show.

Drive for about 2.5 hours through rustic countryside studded with villages. Take a short boat transfer to Borneo Nature Lodge. Time for orientation, have lunch and check-in.

Relax by the river before embarking by boat up-river at 4pm along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan with an opportunity to view wildlife, the birds in its virgin rainforest habitat. Search for some of the primates species including the endemic Proboscis Monkeys as they settle down on treetops. Kinabatang Wildlife Sanctuary is on the best places in Southeast Asia to observe wildlife.

Overnight at Borneo Nature Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Borneo Nature Lodge

Property Location You'll be on a river with a stay at Borneo Nature Lodge in Kota Kinabatangan.

Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals. At 6am, take a morning cruise up to The Kinabatangan River and onto Kelananap Ox-Bow Lake for bird watching and in search of other wildlife.

Take a short jungle walk (if weather permits) and experience the wilderness of Borneo before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Free at leisure to explore the surrounding areas or nearby village. In the late afternoon at 4pm, take a boat cruise along the river to see many species of flora and fauna of the rainforest.

Overnight stay at Borneo Nature Lodge.

Optional tour: Night Cruise, Night Walk and Tree Planting can be arranged at the lodge at a small supplement depending on the weather condition (Optional night activities starts at 8pm)

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Borneo Nature Lodge

Property Location You'll be on a river with a stay at Borneo Nature Lodge in Kota Kinabatangan.

Depart early morning and visit to Gomantong Cave, famed for its edible birds nest. Take about 15 minutes' boardwalk  to the opening of Simud Hitam cavern and explore the cave system on boardwalk. Return to Sandakan and stop off for lunch at a local restaurant.

At 2pm after lunch, proceed for a city tour and explore the various landmarks of Sandakan which may include the Central Market, the most amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products, Sim-Sim Water Village where houses are all built close to the water surface while observing the fascinating view of the sea. Visit Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay situated on the hilltop of Tanah Merah. After the tour, transfer to the airport for your evening flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

- Recommended personal gear (Insect repellent, raincoat (umbrella not recommended), flash light, hat, binoculars, sun screen (sweat proof), comfortable and good walking shoes, wear white or light colour shirt (colourful shirt is not recommended)
- Partial private basis: All services are on a private basis except for excursions involving boats are on a sharing basis (For Selingan portion of the tours remains on a sharing basis as no private tour is available for Selingan portion)
- Please bring overnight clothing only, especially to Turtle Island as no porters are at the island to assist with carrying your luggage
- The Sabah Park allows only cameras of unaided flash to take photographs of the turtles. Video/digital video cameras are not allowed
- The Sabah Park also forbid visitors from going around the island on their own from 6pm-6am
- Room availabilty at Selingan Island is limited, rates and room types supplied may vary slightly due to limited availability issues
- The tour can be reversed depending on the room availability for accommodation
- It is recommended for early morning flights from BKI to SDK and an evening departure flight back from SDK to BKI

Tour package includes transfers on a partial private basis, accommodation and meals as mentioned.

Tour package excludes:
- Camera and video fee
- Airfare
- Beverages during meals
- Entrance fee to Agnes Keith's House and Sandakan War Memorial is upon request
- Tips
- Transfers to Kota Kinabalu
- Tourism Tax of MYR 10 per room per night (Payable by guests upon check-in/check out)