2D1N Turtle Island / Sepilok Orang Utan / Sandakan City Tour
The Turtle Island Park lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea. The park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and give syou the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings. Selingan, the largest of the islands, houses the park's headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities.
As turtle landings usually occur after dusk, an overnight stay would be the best plan to see the turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs, but shining a light on them or using camera flashes should be avoided as either can be stressful on the creatures.
Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to head there is between July and October when the sea is calmer. Observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles into the sea.
DAY 1 - Early morning, transfer to airport to board a plane for Sandakan (via MH2042 ETD0700hrs). Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to jetty. At 9:30 AM, boat departs to Turtle Island. It takes about 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 us of the sighting of a turtle 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 released on the shore. Overnight stay at the island chalet, room with attached bathroom.
Meals Included: Lunch/Dinner
DAY 2 – 06:30 AM check out and have breakfast and thereafter embark for the boat trip back to the mainland Sandakan. Proceed to drive for about half an hour to Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned and injured Orang-Utan brought 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 feeding of Orang-Utan from a platform in the forest and later watch the 25 minutes scheduled video documentary show. Return to Sandakan, stop for lunch at local restaurant.
At 2:00 PM after lunch proceed for a city tour and explore the various landmarks of Sandakan which may include 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 tour, transfer to airport for your evening flight (MH3094 ETD1810hrs) back to Kota Kinabalu.
Meal Included: Breakfast/Lunch
From RM1,330.00 per person (Minimum 2 persons).
* Offer valid till 31 March 2018.
- English speaking guide, land/boat transfers based on joining basis, entrance fees, accommodation and meals as stated
- Camera/video camera fees, airfares/Tourism taxes/insurance and beverages (alcoholic/carbonate/juice)
- Insect repellent
- Raincoat (umbrella not recommended)
- Binocular and sun screen (sweat proof)
- Wear good walking shoes
- Comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pants
- Agnes Keith’s House entrance fee not included & Sandakan War Memorial is upon request
- Recommended flights (details & timings) subject to change by airlines
- Please be advised that our trip to Selingan Island involves boat journey via the Sulu Sea. In the event of adverse weather condition during or before the boat journey, the company has the absolute discretion to cancel or postpone the trip if it is deemed that the journey will jeopardize the safety of our passengers. In the event of cancellation, a replacement tour will be offered. The company will not be liable for any compensation.
NOTE FROM SABAH PARKS:
- Only cameras of unaided flash are allowed to photograph the turtles. This is because shining a light on them or using camera flashes can be stressful on the creatures.
- Video/Digital Video Cameras are not allowed.
- Visitors are forbidden from going around the island on their own from 6:00pm – 6:00am
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