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Sandakan Explorer Safari

3 Days
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US$ 776

Sandakan is the gateway to wonderful nature centres including the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Turtle Islands Park and the Gomantong limestone caves. An unparalleled area for nature lovers.

The historical city of Sandakan is the second largest city in the state of Sabah.  Located on the east coast of Borneo, Malaysia, Sandakan is known for being the gateway for eco-tourism destinations in Sabah such as the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Turtle Islands Park, and the archaeological Gomantong Caves.

On arrival at Sandakan airport, transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Start the next day with a 45 minute speedboat ride to Selingan Island which is part of the Turtle islands Park. Check into your simple lodge. The day is free to go swimming, snorkeling or just explore. After dinner, observe the famous Green and Hawksbill Turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

Next morning leave Selingan Island and return to Sandakan from where you will continue by road to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where the orangutans are rescued from the surrounding plantations and rehabilitated to allow them to go back to living in their natural habitat, the jungle. One highlight is the feeding time when they are up close.  You will also have a short walk in a rainforest.

After lunch, depart for Sukau where the 560 kilomtere/350 mile long Kinabatangan River passes through this scenic area. En route, you will visit the Gomantong Caves, famous for the bird’s nests that are the basis of the Chinese delicacy, bird nest soup.  Check into a lodge and then take a cruise along the river in search of wildlife of which the best known is the strange looking Proboscis monkey.

 Start early the next day with a 1 and a half hour boat trip on the Kinabatangan River to view more wildlife including beautiful tropical birds. Return later to the lodge for breakfast and then head back to Sandakan for overnight.

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3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 776


Day 1

Sandakan to Selingan Island

Meet at 0800am at your hotel lobby and be transported by speedboat to Selingan Island. The remainder of your day is at your leisure for swimming and snorkeling. After dinner, witness the process of turtle laying eggs. Observe how the eggs are transferred to the hatchery and then the release of the hatchlings to the sea.

Overnight in Chalet (shared bathroom facilities)

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 2

Selingan Island, Sepilok, Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River

After breakfast, depart the island of Selingan and return to Sandakan. You'll then continue by land to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to visit orangutans which have been orphaned and rescued from illegal captivity or injured. This rehabilitation centre prepares them to be sent back to the wild. One of the highlights is of course being able to witness the feeding of the orangutans. You'll find it hard to put your camera down even for a second.

After lunch, you'll depart overland to Sukau where the Kinabatangan River passes through scenic countryside, local villages and plantations. En route visit Gomantong Caves famous for the Chinese delicacy, bird nest soup! Once in Sukau, you'll check into your lodge along the river and later in the afternoon enjoy a river cruise to search for wildlife. This area of the river is known to have the greatest concentration of wildlife in Borneo. The most famous creature of all is undoubtedly the bizarre looking, Proboscis monkeys.

Overnight at a Lodge (no air-condition)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Kinabatangan River to Sandakan

Wake up to the sound of Borneo. An early morning 1.5 hour boat cruise on the famous Kinabatangan will give you the opportunity to search of more wildlife. The dramatic change of colors in the horizon as dawn sets in and the beautiful birds of the Kinabatangan region make this boat ride an unforgettable one. Some of the bird species that you might encounter are the elegant egrets, several species of kingfishers, and the oriental darter which dives under water to catch its prey, the swift and vividly coloured bee-eaters and hornbills. Afterwards, return to the Lodge for breakfast and then depart overland to Sandakan. You will be dropped off at your Sandakan hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


Daily based on a minimum of 2 passengers traveling.


2 nights accommodation, transfers and guided tours by air-conditioned vehicle as specified in itinerary and meals as indicated.


  • Conservation fee of approximately USD 15 (60 MYR)per visitor will be levied and payable directly by clients upon arrival at the island.
  • Usage of cameras is allowed but without flash. This is because flashes of lights can be stressful on the creatures.
  • Video/Digital Video Cameras are not allowed.
  • Visitors are not allowed from going around the island on their own from 1800hrs – 0600hrs.
  • Package does not include airfares.
  • We recommend for your onward flight on Day 3 to be after 1500 hours.
  • Although daily sightings of turtles laying eggs have been reported, but it is not guaranteed
25 Mar 2018
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