Wildlife Sepilok Kinabatangan Turtle Trails
Sandakan Nature City is a home for the Orang Utan which concentrated in Sepilok, RDC, Gomantong and Kinabatangan. The city itself facing to Sulu Sea, homeground for the Green Turtles and Hawksbill;namely 3 protected islands, Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan which manage by the Sabah Parks since 1977. Makes Selingan is the highest numbers of green turtles in the world.
Sepilok was gazzetted in 1964 for Orphan Orangutan and rescued the ones in cages as human has kept them as pets. As timber and agriculture has crossed the lines due of the deforestation and losing habitat, Sabah Wildlife Department has taking the initiative by running the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Whereby, Kinabatangan river is the longest river in Sabah and covering 23% of the total area in the state. Water brings life and so important in 1999, 26000h of Kinabatangan was declared as Wildlife Sacntuary.
And Gomantong Caves best known as limestone outcrop in Kinabatangan, it contains with 9 caves with edible nests
Day 1-Greet by TBL Tour Guide at SandakanAirport or Hotel in Town, please advise flight details or name of hotel. continue journey to Gomantong Caves, aproximately 2. 5hr drive. Continue to Bilit Lodge and check in. Lunch en route. River cruise at 4pm to see its famous proboscis monkey and takes about 2 hour trip. Dinner at the resort, followed by a 1hr nightwalk.
Day 2-river cruise at 6am and takes 1hr. Breakfast. Followed by a jungle trekking searching for wildlife. Return to lodge. Lunch. Free time or Village walk. At 2. 30pm, a private river cruise in search of the Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Dinner at lodge. O/N.
Day 3- Checkout at 6. 45am after breakfast. Continue drive to Sandakan Jetty for Turtle Island. Free time, snorkeling and swimming by the allocated place. Turtle Briefing at 6pm by Guide. (L, D, B)
Day 4-Boat depart at 7am after breakfast. Visits to Sepilok, Rainforest Discovery Centre and BSBCC. Check in resort.
Day 5- Morning walk and TSF to Sandakan Airport.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Sandakan Airport (Please booked either Malaysian Airlines or AirAsia,fly from Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu)Purchase morning flight and i will meet you at the arrival hall.
End location: After the tour done.If you wish to have an extra days in sandakan,please book 4 Points Sheraton or Sabah Hotel because both hotel located in the town centre.By doing it,you might want to explore some of the historical buildings and visits to the Sim-Sim Water Village ,the first settlement in 1887 where wooden houses bulit on stilts in the water.Or ,Visits to Sandakan Memorial Parks where the POW were shipped from Singapore and were imprisoned in the area
Duration: 5 days
Due to unexpected weather,I strongly advise fly to Sandakan in one day earlier just to ensure all the logistics plan accordingly.Once the Places and Lodges have been booked no switching places.
A mini van fits 8 pax with Individual Seat Belt .If Pax less then 4 people,MPV car will be driven.Whereby,Boat are made of Fiberglass with 12 max seats with 4 strokes engines which didn't create disturbance of the animals during the river cruises .Whereby,Turle Island required a speedboat with rooftop and 2 units of 4 strokes engines max is 150hp, it's a mandatory to wear life Vest during the water activities involved.
Private transfer to All by land Destinations mentioned.Sharing Boat Transfer to Turtle Island.Lodges and Resorts during tours.All Park Fees,Meals As Stated and TBL Tour Guide.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
80 USD - Optional Activities Not Stated,Camera Fees,Soft or Alcoholic Drinks
International and Domestic Flights, Carbonated and Alcohol Drinks,Camera Fees ,Tipping,Optional Activities Not Stated in the Itinerary