Selingan Island, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre, Sukau , Gomantong Cave, City Tour DURATION: 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS Tour the highlights of Sabah’s far west , with one of the most important wildlife rehabilitation park, and stunning island that becomes a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtle. Then add with the adventurous search for the endangered wildlife at the Sukau river and explore the Gomantong cave.
DAY 1: SANDAKAN / SELINGAN TURTLE ISLAND
Pick-up from Sandakan airport (08:00hrs) or hotel (08:30hrs) and transfer to the Sandakan seafront jetty. At 09:30hrs, speed boat departs for Selingan Island, the main nesting area for green turtle, which lies 40km north of Sanadakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah’s east coast. Boat journey is approximately 1 hour. Check into simple accommodation facility and relax by the beach or take up snorkel at the nearby reefs.
After dinner, Park Ranger will signal the appropriate time to view huge Green turtles coming ashore to lay eggs. Witness the eggs being transferred to hatchery from the nesting site. Offer help to release baby turtles onto the shore and be overwhelmed by the emotion of seeing the turtles scrambling to the open sea by some natural instinct. Since the introduction of a conservative program in Selingan Island in 1967, a large number of turtles are now returning to lay their eggs and the chance to see the sea creature is almost certain every night. Overnight at the Island Chalet.
DAY 02: SEPILOK / KINABATANGAN RIVER CRUISE
After breakfast, depart at 07:00hrs to return to Sandakan. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (30 mins journey) situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve for video show. Visit the Nature Education Centre and watch the video documentary show to learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned orang utan before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to view the feeding platform. Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden plank walks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 10am.
Continue the journey (approximately 2 hours drive by land) to one of the world’s richest ecosystems Kinabatangan River, Sukau. Journey to Sukau will pass by Oil Palm Plantations and rustic countryside studded with villages (*Option to change journey by boat transfer at a surcharge – 2.5hrs boat ride). Arrive at Kampung Bilit, Sukau jetty. Take a short boat transfer to Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge. Time for orientation briefing, a welcome drink and check in. Lunch will be provided in the lodge restaurant.
At 16:00hrs, take a river cruise in search of endemic proboscis monkeys, different species of birds & other wildlife along the river bank. One may also catch a glimpse of a wild Orang Utan, leaf monkeys, gibbons, macaques or the newly discovered “Borneon Pgymy Elephants”. Return for solar heated hot shower and buffet dinner. After dinner, you can go for an optional night safari cruise (at a surcharge) where you can spot nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds. Overnight at Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge.
(Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Buffet Dinner)
DAY 03 GOMANTONG CAVE / CITY TOUR
After breakfast, proceed to Gomantong Cave located within the Gomantong forest reserve. Upon arrival, 15 minutes walk on the plank walk to the cave. Explore the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of bats and swiflets. The nest of the swiflets are collected for the famous Chinese edible bird nest soup. After lunch, proceed for Sandakan city tour. Then at 1600hrs transfer to Sandakan Airport or your respective hotel.
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