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.
Libaran island lies on the north-eastern coast of Sabah, about 40 minutes boat ride from Sandakan and five minutes away from the main islands of Sabah’s Turtle Island Park. Libaran island support about 450 inhabitants whose main livelihood being fishing and boat making. Turtles are known to come ashore and lay their eggs on the island.
Through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Sabah Wildlife Department, a turtle conservation program has been set up on the island. The program includes creating awareness for the locals and visitors on the conservation value of sea turtles, undertaking research projects with the goal of better understanding the life cycle of sea turtles of Libaran island area and to make available research program on sea turtle for international and local students.
As part of the company corporate social responsibilities (CSR), Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran has opened a turtle hatchery and visitors now have the chance to release baby turtles from the hatchery and even see turtles coming on shore to lay eggs.
Sandakan Yacht Club to Libaran Island: 10:30am
Libaran Island to Sandakan Yacht Club: 8:30am
MYR 40 (single)
MYR 70 (double)
Snorkeling equipment rental:
Fin & Mask: MYR 31.80
Boat rental to Bakungan Kecil Island:
MYR 150 per boat (price not included conservation fees MYR 60 per person)
* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.
Meet at Sandakan Yacht Club. Register and stand by for departure.
Departure from jetty.
Arrive at Libaran island. Free and easy. Relax at the sun deck area while enjoying the sun or walk along the beach.
Lunch will be served.
Briefing about the turtles conservation program by our in-house Honorary Wildlife Warden. Visit the turtle hatchery after the briefing (free admission) set up by Walai Penyu Resort with the collaboration of the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) an effort to address the threat of the extinction of turtles as well as creating awareness and educate the public.
Walk along the beach to kampong Pulak Libaran, the only village on the island. The village in the island is a small and quiet place surrounded by coconut trees. Here you will be able to see how these villagers carry out their daily routine. They are mainly boat makers, fisherman and fishnet-makers. Enjoy the refreshing coconut juice before you head back to the camp.
Get the chance to release baby turtle while enjoying the sunset.
Dinner and wait for ranger call for turtle sighting.
** Even though record shows turtles come to Libaran island consistently, the sighting is still NOT GUARANTEED.
Overnight at island - camping style (2 people per camp).
Check out and transfer back to jetty.
Transfer back to Sandakan airport or your respective hotel.
Min. Participant(s): 4 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: 7 day(s) in advance
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Not refundable for any cancellation made
Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.
Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.
Pickup Service: No hotel pickup service is provided, you may need to reach gathering point yourselves. If you wish us to arrange you a taxi transfer, please notify us upon booking.
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).