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Sandakan is famous as the gateway for eco-tourism destinations in Sabah such as the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, the Turtle Islands Park, the Kinabatangan River and the Gomantong Caves.
On this amazing 2-day tour you will have the opportunity to see Orangutans and Marine Turtles in the natural habitat and learn about the conservation projects to preserve these endangered species.
You will be met at the hotel lobby or Sandakan airport and transferred to Sim Sim jetty for a speedboat transfer to Selingan Turtle Island. Selingan has been designated a national park to protect the newly laid eggs and vulnerable hatchlings from predators. The journey to the island will take approximately one hour. On arrival, leisure time to settle in your room, relax on the beach or explore the tropical island’s surrounding.
In the evening, a park ranger will escort you to watch one of the giant sea turtle laying their eggs on the beach and the release of the baby turtles into the sea. Visitors are allowed to see only one turtle/ per night and turtle sightings can never be guaranteed. Please be prepared to stay up until 1 am or later in order to see the turtles on the beach.
Overnight in Turtle island at the park chalets.
Early morning heads back to the mainland and proceeds to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest. After the feeding time of the orangutan, you will be taken to the Outdoor Nursery where you will see juvenile and baby orangutans climbing and playing on the rope and in the trees.
After the outdoor nursery continues to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. These bears are the smallest of all sub-species and, like the orangutan, they are arboreal and are losing their habitat through deforestation. Sadly, they are also poached, captured for pets and used in Asian medicine. Keeper is nursing them back to health and where necessary, educating in how to be a wild bear. The intention is then to release them into the forest.
After lunch proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. In the centre of the mangrove forests of Semawang is the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can see Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys. This privately-owned sanctuary located within an oil palm estate gives you the chance to observe these animals up close and personal.
After Sepilok transfer to Sandakan airport.
BREAKFAST | LUNCH