The Turtles of Selingan and the Orangutans of Sepilok - Orangutravel
Have a closer look to Borneo unique ecosystem and fauna by observing marine turtles in their natural habitat and interacting with orangutans and sunbears in Sepilok rainforest - an all inclusive experience from Sandakan, Sabah
  • Visit Selingaan island and watch marine turtles in their natural habitat
  • Visit Sepilok rainforest and get close to orangutans and sunbears
  • Visit the local botanical garden in Sepilok
What's included
  • Boat services and private driver for transfers to Selingaan and Sepilok from Sandakan and back
  • Accommodation in full board basis for both destinations
  • Meals and activities as indicated in the itinerary schedule
  • Entrance fees and permits
The Turtles of Selingan and the Orangutans of Sepilok
Any amount of people can join.

      Malaysia, and especially Borneo, are World famous for hosting a large diversity of flora and fauna. This travel idea is an opportunity for you to get to know some of its endemic species while visiting Sabah.

      You will stay one night in the “Turtle Islands”, a national park created to protect and preserve local species of marine turtles. The park consists of a group of three islands: Selingan, Bakkungan Kechil and Gulisaa. Selingan can host visitors. From here you may see the turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs on sandy beaches during the nesting season on night time and catching a sight of some black or hawksbill turtle on the day. Follow the instructions given by the local guides from the Marine Park and spend a night in the only island’s structure – a simple accommodation consisting in a few small chalets.

      The following day, reaching Sandakan, you will visit the two main centers for the safeguard of the wildlife (amongst them, the orangutan ape and the Malaysian bear known as “Sun bear”). You will also visit the largest botanical garden in the Sepilok Forest, the Rainforest Discovery Center.

      The offer includes transportation and accommodation in full board for a total of two-days and one-night at Selingaan Island. The tour departs from Sandakan (airport or hotel if you are already in town) – the driver will get you from there to Sim Sim village jetty, where speedboats leave to Selingan. At the end of your tour, the driver can send you back from Sepilok to Sandakan, airport or hotel, or toward other destinations you may have booked.

      Since the areas covered by this trip are all protected, the visits are conducted by local park rangers and guides and you need to follow their instructions. Taking pictures or videos of the turtles is forbidden on both day and night time, as well as moving around the island by yourself from 6 pm (h 18:00) till 6 am. While on the island, we suggest to bring only a small baggage with you – the ride to the island is on a small-sized boat. If you have a bigger luggage you can leave it at the baggage room at the Sim Sim village’s pier before embarking to Selingan island, or at your accommodation in Sandakan. We warmly recommend  to book this tour far in advance due to the limited number of accommodations in Selingan.


      1 Selingaan - Turtle Islands
      This tour experience assumes you are arriving in Sandakan airport and a local person will greet you upon your arrival. If you plan to stay in Sandakan, meeting with our driver can be arranged at your hotel there. The driver will then bring you to Sim Sim village, where there is the jetty to the turtle islands. You will take from here a speedboat to Selingaan. Once arrived, you will have the opportunity to do some snorkeling with the chance to see some sea turtle during day or night. Local park rangers can help you sightseeing turtles and they can even wake you up at night if there's any sighting (if you don't request to be waken up you can tell the person).
      20150223 09:45Pick up at airport or hotel in Sandakan.
      20150223 10:15Arrive in Sim Sim and take boat to Selingaan.
      20150223 11:30Arrival in Selingaan (estimated).
      20150223 13:00Lunch.
      20150223 14:00Snorkeling and island exploration activities.
      20150223 18:00Dinner.
      20150223 19:30The national park rangers will help you to spot wild turtles, also during night time.
      2 Sepilok - Sandakan
      After an early breakfast proceed to Sepilok. Reach mainland by boat and from Sim Sim village the driver will bring you to the rainforest. Visit the center for rescue and protection of orangutans and malaysian "sunbears". Walk in the botanical garden full with orchids and tropical plants. Proceed to Sandakan airport or hotel.
      20150223 06:00Early breakfast in Selingaan.
      20150223 07:00Boat departure time to Sim Sim.
      20150223 08:30Your driver at Sim Sim Jetty will bring you to Sepilok.
      20150223 10:00Visit the orangutan centre and the nursery.
      20150223 11:30Visit the sunbear centre.
      20150223 13:00Lunch at a local restaurant.
      20150223 14:00Visit the rainforest discovery centre.
      20150223 16:00Get back to Sandakan or other destination.
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