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Sandakan Stars: Turtles + Orang Utan + Sun Bear

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  • Snorkeling during the day
  • Watch egg laying at night
  • Watch the feeding of Orang Utan
  • Daily life of Sun Bear

Included

1 night Twin Room (with attached bathroom and Air-Condition), return land & boat transfer, conservation fee, tour guide, breakfast * 1, lunch * 1, dinner * 1.

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Price List

Number of Adult
Rate /pax (MYR)
1
Not accepted
2 ~ 4
1,105 1,085
5 ~ 10
1,080 1,060
11 ~ 30
1,060 1,040
Child
555 535

The Malaysian Customs Department (“RMCD”) is imposing a Tourism Tax on guest at the sum of MYR 10 nett per room per night with effect from 1st September 2017. Please direct pay to tour guide.

The Turtle Island Park (gazetted 1977) lies 40 km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and consists of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. The park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings. Selingan, the largest of the islands, houses the park’s headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. The other two islands are more for conservation activities.

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.

Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to head there is between July and October (peak-season) when the sea is calmer. Observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles into the sea.

Equipment for rent on island:

  1. Mask snorkel & fin (one set) - MYR 25
  2. Mask snorkel - MYR 15
  3. Mask only - MYR 10
  4. Fin only - MYR 10
  5. Snorkel only - MYR 5
  6. Beach Mat (Large) - MYR 10
  7. Beach Mat - MYR 4
  8. Towel - MYR 5
  9. Life Jacket - MYR 5

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The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang utan. Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, the Centre under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah attracts tourists and researchers alike, giving them 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 milk and bananas twice a day at 10:00am and 3:00pm by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.

While orang utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, it also focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros.

Visitors are restricted to walkways. Some orang utan have become familiar with people but touching them is strongly discouraged, and while the apes are naturally shy and gentle, the more mischievous ones may try to grab your camera or hat, in which case you should call for a ranger as trying to wrestle the 200 pound apes may not be a good idea.

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:

  • Creating the capacity to confiscate, rehabilitate and release suitable orphaned and ex-captive bears back into the wild.
  • Providing an improved long-term living environment for captive bears that cannot be released.
  • Educating the public and raising awareness about this species.
  • Achieving increased protection for sun bears and their habitat through ongoing research, increased knowledge and awareness, and further protection of habitat.

 

 


Itinerary

* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.

  • 09:00

    Pick up from hotel and 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.

  • 12:30

    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).

N/A
Breakfast

Lunch on island
Lunch

Dinner on island
Dinner

Warm Remind

  • Things to bring : cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, swim wear, torch light, sandals, comfortable cotton T-shirt with short pant, towel, camera, personal toiletries and medications.
  • Photographing of turtles only with camera of unaided flash.
  • Snorkeling gears are available to hire (please refer to the island).
  • There is no camera fee will be charged for taking photos on daytime, you need only to pay MYR10/camera if you wish to take photos during watching the turtles at night.
  • You would need to book half a year in advance for peak-season visiting due to limitation of 25 rooms on the island.
  • Each room could accommodate 2 persons only, the kid could stay with parents in one room, otherwise the 3rd person would have to pay Single Supplement Surcharge at MYR150 to stay in another room.
  • For child age 2 and below, one time charge MYR200 will be applied.
  • Full payment is required. Kindly understand that payment is not refundable.
  • Wake up early in the morning for breakfast in the cafeteria.

  • 07:00

    Surrender your key to the Reception Counter and depart the island.

  • 08:00

    Estimated arrival time at the jetty.

  • 08:30

    Drive approximately 40 min to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. Upon arrive at the center, trek 10 min through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to the Feeding Platform.

  • 10:00

    Witness the morning feeding of Orang Utans. Return to reception center, to watch the nature video programme at the Nature Education Center, and view the display at the Exhibition Hall.

  • 11:00

    Advance to Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

  • 12:00

    Depart from Sepilok and transfer back to respective hotels.

Breakfast on island
Breakfast

N/A
Lunch

N/A
Dinner

Pickup Time & Transport Fee

The pickup time is for reference only, actual time may be vary depends on number of visitors, distance, season, weather and road conditions, should be within 15 minutes. Transport fee quoted is per person.

Zone Hotel Pickup Time Fee (MYR)
A Sandakan city (Four Points, Sandakan Hotel, Nak, ...) 9 am Free
B Sabah Hotel 8:45 am Free
C Mile 4 area (Best Western, Bandar Indah, Prima Square, ...) 8:45 am Free
D Airport 8:30 am Free
E Sepilok area (Sepilok Jungle Resort, RDC, ...) 8 am Free
Where is my hotel?

How to Pay

Pay on travelling day

No advance payment is required, simply pay cash in Ringgit-Malaysia to tour guide. However, you still need pay in full for any cancellation made 1 day prior to tour date.

Pay Online

Accep Visa and MasterCard credit card, Malaysian bank transfer, Paypal, FPX, Alipay. 2.3% surcharge apply.

Bank Transfer

Please request bank staff to calculate equivalent amount in USD before Telegraphic Transfer (T/T) to Malaysia. It takes 3 days to reach us. No 2.3% surcharge but you have to bear both side banks charges. The balances will be paid to either side as the case may be.

Additional information

Min. Participant(s)2 Persons To Go (child does not counted)

Tour location / Depart fromSandakan . To reach Sandakan city, you have to take a domestic flight or bus express from Kota Kinabalu.

Recommend to book6 month(s) in advance

To book at least7 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.

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:  Pickup service will be provided from the hotel/hostel/lodge that you are staying. Please wait at lobby while the tour guide will find you when he/she arrive. Dropoff service will be provided after travelling, please notify us upon booking if your dropoff location is differ from pickup location.

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).

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