The Malaysian Customs Department (“RMCD”) imposes Tourism Tax to International guest (MYR 10 nett per room per night). You may pay the tax at reception. Update: Malaysia government waive the tourism tax from 1 July 2020 until 30 Jun 2021.
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre → Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre → Rainforest Discovery Centre → → Turtle Island Park → → Sandakan City → →Gomantong Cave → → Kinabatangan River
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
The SOURC giving tourists the opportunity to watch the orang utan up close in their natural habitat. A boardwalk leads you to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the apes are fed by rangers.The center taking care of about 80 apes, keeping the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, elephants and other rare animals as well.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
The mission of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, Malaysia, is to promote sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, education and research - giving captured sun bears a better home and restoring their right to live in the wild, by:
Rainforest Discovery Centre
RDC is the gateway getting to know the uniqueness and importance of Borneo’s rainforests. Its main highlights are its exhibition halls, the Plant Discovery Garden, the Kapili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, environmental education programmes and a small lake for boat rides. Birdwatchers will be fascinated by this place as it has one of the rarest birds in Sabah, The Borneon Bristlehead and another 250 species of other birds.
Turtle Island Park
Selingan, one of the composition of Turtle Island Park, houses the park’s headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to head there is between July and October. 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.
Sandakan is located on the eastern seaboard of Sabah. It is a city which is steeped in history. Its character is shaped by the hinterland that embodies Sabah’s rich and diverse biodiversity in all its glory.
The city tour includes :
Described by WWF as ’the best-managed edible birds’ nest cave in the world’, Gomantong Caves in the heartland of the Gomantong Rainforest Reserve have been the focus for birds’ nests for centuries. There are two cave complexes - Simud Hitam (Black Cave) soaring up to 90 metres high and the more accessible of the two, and Simud Putih (White Cave), where the more valuable nests are found. A well-maintained boardwalk gives you easy access to do some exploring or watch the skilled harvesters at work.
Stretching 560 km from the Crocker Range in the southwest of Sabah to the Sulu Sea in the east, the Kinabatangan River sustains one of the world’s richest ecosystems. The lower basin of the river itself is the largest forest covered floodplain in Malaysia and has the largest concentration of wildlife in the South East Asian region. A trip up the river at dawn or dusk is the best opportunity to see the wildlife, eg. Proboscis monkeys, langurs, orang utan, hornbills, kingfishers, mangrove snakes and etc. You might even sight an Asian elephant or a Sumatran rhinoceros wandering through the trees.
* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.
Pick up from Airport/hotel and transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR).
Take 5 minuted leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. After registration, trek 10 mins through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to the Feeding Platform.
Witness the morning feeding of Orang Utans. Return to reception center, watchthe scheduled video programme (25 mins) at the Nature Education Center, andnvisit to the Exhibition Hall.
Advance to Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
Visit Sepilok for the second feeding.
Transfer to Rainforest Discovery Centre.
Transfer back to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR).
Overnight at Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR)
Transfer to Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorized boat will take about 1 hour. Go to reception counter at the Visitor’s Centre and check in to Chalet.
Lunch will be served at the cafeteria.
After lunch, free at leisure! You may grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life or you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach.
Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the Turtle Park and turtles.
After dinner, stand-by at the cafeteria. Wait for park ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness the mother turtle laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery and releasing of hatchlings to the sea.
Stay overnight at Island Chalet (Twin Room Basis).
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast in the cafeteria.
Surrender your key to the Reception Counter and depart the island.
Proceed for the city tour.
Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, The Parish Of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Central Market , Agnes Keith House, English Tea House.
Proceed to Kinabatangan River.
Stop at Gomantong Cave.
Wait at the cave entrance to witness the feeding of the Bat Hawk on millions of bats that merge out from the cave in search for food.
Transfer to Bilit Adventure Lodge.
Dinner & stay overnight at Bilit Adventure Lodge (Twin Sharing Basis).
Wake up to the calls of gibbons and birds and start the day with an early river cruise.
Proceed back to the lodge for breakfast.
A guided jungle walk in the late morning for wildlife sighting.
Trek back to the lodge.
Reach lodge to freshen up.
Lunch at dining hall.
Free and leisure time.
Take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River where you can observe wildlife on the boat.
Finish cruising, back to room for a rest / shower.
Dinner and overnight at Bilit Adventure Lodge.
After breakfast, depart to Sandakan city.
Transfer back to hotel or airport.
Min. Participant(s): 2 Persons To Go (child does not counted)
Tour location / Depart from: Sandakan . To reach Sandakan city, you have to take a domestic flight or bus express from Kota Kinabalu.
Recommend to book: 1 month(s) in advance
To book at least: 14 day(s) in advance
Cancellation & Refund Policy: 31 days or more, no cancellation charge, but need to pay for 5% refund fee; 16~30 days, charge 50% of tour total amount; Less than 15 days or No-Show, no refund. No refund for those tours which involve accommodation.
Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).