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Sandakan Explorer Safari

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 594

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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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 594

Itinerary

Day 1

Sandakan to Selingan Island

Meet and pick-up on arrival at the Sandakan Airport or hotel.

At 0930hrs, boat departs to Turtle Island. It takes about an hour to reach Selingan Turtle Island which lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah's east coast. Selingan Turtle Island is the main nesting area for the Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Lunch, free at leisure ideal for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
After dinner, prepare to wait for the Park Ranger to inform of the sighting of a turtle laying eggs. 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.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Selingan Turtle Island Chalet

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    Selingan Turtle Island Chalet



    Selingan, the largest of the islands in the Selingan Marine National Park, houses the park's headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities.

    Selingan, the largest of the islands in the Selingan Marine National Park, houses the park's headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bathrooms with hot/cold shower
    • Beach Access

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Day 2

Selingan Island, Sepilok, Gomantong and Kinabatangan River

Breakfast. 7AM: an hour boat ride to Sandakan. Meet with your driver.

Proceed to the world famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Upon arrival, a short brief by your guide. Then, watch a video show documentary on rehabilitation of orphaned Orang Utan before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to view the feeding platform. Witness the feeding of Orang Utan at 1000hrs then to the Outdoor Nursery, home to juvenile Orang Utans, aged between five to eight years old. Learn about managing juvenile Orang Utans.

Embark your air-conditioned transport, sit back and enjoy your ride that takes approximately 2hrs through rustic country side studded with villages. Arrive at Gomantong Caves located in the heartland of the Gomantong Forest Reserve, a home of millions bats and swiftlets. Explore the biggest bird's nest cave in Sabah and the best managed edible birds' nest. Continue an approximately 30 minutes' drive to village of Bilit, Sukau, Kinabatangan River. Upon arrival at Bilit Jetty, take a boat transfer to the lodge.

Welcome drink, short briefing and check-in. Late lunch at Bilit Restaurant. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax. At 4PM join a river cruise in search of endemic Proboscis monkeys, different species of birds and other wildlife along the river bank. At 07:30PM dinner at Bilit Restaurant.

You may (optional tour-price not included in package) take a night cruise in search of nocturnal animals and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Kinabatangan River, identify the constellations above you and make a wish or two.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Bilit Rainforest Lodge

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    Bilit Rainforest Lodge


    On the bank of Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan River, Bilit Rainforest Lodge is situated strategically in the heart of numerous intriguing wildlife and fascinating habitats such as oxbow lakes, limestone caves, mangrove swamps and various types of tropical forests. Bilit Rainforest Lodge offers the ...

    On the bank of Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan River, Bilit Rainforest Lodge is situated strategically in the heart of numerous intriguing wildlife and fascinating habitats such as oxbow lakes, limestone caves, mangrove swamps and various types of tropical forests.

    Bilit Rainforest Lodge offers the best rainforest experience by being a world-leading eco-lodge in the tropical region. Built largely from local-hardwood material, the lodge is designed to allow visitors experience the best of the unique local nature. Amidst the enfolding wildlife of flora and fauna, the lodge most importantly provides visitors a clean, safe and lovely environment to make your stay here a remarkable one.

    Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Hotspot
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Kinabatangan River to Sunbear to Sandakan

Wake up to the sound of Borneo. At 0630hrs, go on an early morning 1½ hours boat cruise (SIC) on the famous Kinabatangan and its surrounding in search of more wildlife. The dramatic change of colors in the horizon as dawn sets in and beautiful birds of the Kinabatangan region make this boat ride an interesting one. Some of the bird species sighted are 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. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. Check-out.

Next visit Borneo Sun Bear Conservation (BSBCC), the Conservation Centre Provide Two-stage effort to provide the care, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and captive sun bears, as well as address the lack of knowledge and awareness of this little-known bear both in Malaysia and Internationally.

After lunch, drop off at Sandakan Airport. End of services around 03:30PM.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES: 

Daily based on a minimum of 2 passengers traveling.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers and guided tours by air-conditioned vehicle as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Transfer from Pier to Airport or city hotel
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Certain onboard restaurants
  • Shore excursions. Various options available. Please enquire.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on double occupancy in an inside cabin. Balcony and other cabin categories available on request. Prices are based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply

NOTES:

  • 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
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