Turtle Island - Join a 2 Day Trip to Turtle Island Park, Sabah, Borneo
Enjoy an overnight trip to Selingan Island, more commonly referred to as Turtle Island, to see Turtles laying eggs. Turtle Island Park is positioned 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea. The park is a safe sanctuary for the scarce Green and hawksbill turtles. Experience the opportunity to observe turtle landings. The headquarters, turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities are based in Selingan – the largest island amongst other 3 island on Turtle Island Park, Sabah, Borneo.
On the first day of this trip you will be transferred to Turtle Island. You'll have the afternoon free to relax on the beach or go snorkeling along the coral reefs fringing Turtle Island. In the evening you will learn more about Turtle conservation efforts at Turtle Island, watch Turtle hatchlings being released and watch a mature Turtle laying eggs - an amazing experience!
Visit Turtle Island And Learn About Turtle Conservation In Sabah, Borneo
During this 2D1N trip you will also visit on Day 2 a morning feeding session at Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the Sandakan Memorial Park of Taman Rimba. The Sandakan Memorial Park was built in memory to the thousands of Australian and British soldiers who lost their lives during the Japanese occupation. Last but not least, enjoy lunch and a cuppa at Agnes Keith English Tea House overlooking Sandakan city. The English Tea House is a meticulously renovated colonial house surrounded by 1.5 acres of beautiful maintained lawns.
A visit to Turtle Island also works really well when combined with a visit to the Kinabatangan River to watch wildlife. Check our our 3D2N and 4D3N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Trip as other options which include visiting Turtle Island.
Trip Itinerary - 2D1N Turtle Island Trip, Sabah, Malaysia
Day 1 (Meals: L & D)
8:00hrs - 9:00hrs: You will be collected from your hotel within Sandakan, or at Sandakan Airport (you need to book a flight that arrives at Sandakan Airport before 8:00hrs) or your hotel near Sepilok. You will be transferred by minibus / coach to Sandakan jetty for your boat ride to Selingan Turtle Islands Park.
09:30hrs: You will be transferred by boat to Rurtle Island. The journey to the Island will take approximately 45 minutes (depending upon sea state). Upon arrival, you will register at the Parks HQ and check into your chalet.
12:00hrs: Enjoy lunch at the cafeteria. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the island, chill out on the beach or go snorkeling in the sea (snorkel gear is available to rent at Turtle Island).
Early evening: You will have dinner at the cafeteria. After dinner, Rangers will call you to observe turtles laying eggs. Watch the Ranger transfer the eggs to the hatchery and enjoy the opportunity to observe the release of baby turtles to the open sea. You will also be called by the Ranger when there is an opportunity to watch a Turtle nesting (laying eggs).
Overnight on Turtle Island in a twin share room (with ensuite shower room and aircon). Click here to see photos of Turtle Island Resort and the accommodation.
Day 2 (Meals: B & L)
07:00hrs, depart Turtle Island on your boat transfer back to Sandakan. After breakfast, proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center.
10:00hrs: Join the morning feeding session at Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. At this world renowned centre, come face to face with human’s closest relative, the Orangutans. Orangutans share 97% of the same DNA as humans. The Orangutans feeding time is at 1000 hrs. While Orangutans rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, present aims include public education on conservation, research and assistance to other endangered species (such as captive breeding of the rare and endangered Bornean Rhinoceros).
11:00hrs: Depart Sepilok sanctuary and you will be transferred by minibus / coach to the Sandakan Memorial Park. The Memorial Park is located within the suburb of Taman Rimba, the site of a notorious WWII prisoner-of-war camp, and is about 11km outside of Sandakan. The park, which includes a small museum, is a memorial to the thousands of Australian and British who lost their lives during the Japanese occupation. The rusting remains of an excavator, a generator and a boiler lie in their original positions, near steps leading up to a small Commemorative Pavilion.
~11:30hrs: You will be transferred to Agnes Keith English Tea House for lunch. The English Tea House is superbly situated within the grounds of the historic Agnes Keith House Museum and is housed in a meticulously renovated colonial house surrounded by 1.5 acres of perfectly manicured lawns. With enveloping greenery and cool breezes, you can enjoy the spectacular views of the town and Sandakan Bay as you relax for your lunch in the garden.
12:30hrs: After lunch you will be transferred to either your hotel or to Sandakan Airport (it is recommended you book a flight departing from 14:00hrs onwards).
Trip Pre-requisites - 2D1N Turtle Island Trip, Sabah, Malaysia
This 2D1N trip is open to all.
- Return road transfer from Sandakan or Sepilok area to the jetty (Sandakan Yacht Club).
- Return scheduled boat transfers to Turtle Island.
- Meals (1 Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 1 Dinner).
- Visits (and entrance fees) to: Turtle island, Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre feeding session, Sandakan War Memorial.
- One night accommodation on Turtle Island in a twin sharing room (with air-con) with ensuite shower room.
- Guiding throughout your trip by an English speaking licensed Nature Guide.
- Limited free drinking water is provided at Turtle Island Resort (1 small bottle per person at lunch and dinner). We suggest you take large bottles of water with you for your overnight stay at Turtle Island.
- Sales & Service Tax as applicable.
Camera/video conservation fee at Turtle Island (RM10 per item) and Sepilok Sanctuary (RM10 per item), extra bottled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks. Snorkel gear is available to rent at Turtle Island.
Upgrades are available for this tour - see add on options above. Tour price is based on joining a shared trip - surcharges are applicable if you add on a private boat for transfer to Turtle Island, private Guide or private minibus transfers.
Recommended Packing List For The Trip
To get the most from this trip please bring with you raincoat, cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, comfortable walking shoes, comfortable cotton T-shirt, long sleeve top, long or short trousers, binocular, torch, camera and personal medications (if needed). Please take you passport with you on this trip - your passports will be checked at Turtle Island. We recommend you take a large bottle of drinking water per person as limited free drinking water is provided by Turtle Island Resort.
Notes - 2D1N Turtle Island Trip, Sabah, Malaysia
The Turtle Island Park is located some 40km from Sandakan city. The boat ride from jetty to the island takes 45 mins - 1 hour. If you suffer from sea sickness it is recommended you take sea sickness tablets. For boat transfers to / from Turtle Island Resort the Sandakan Marine Department on a daily basis, based on weather/tide update, will make a safety decision if boat transfers are allowed. In case of choppy sea state parents may find the boat crossing to Turtle Island not suitable for infants. Persons with back problems or pregnant may find the boat transfer to Turtle Island unsuitable when there are rough seas.
Triple sharing is only allowed for children below age of 12 years old with parents. 3rd adult will need to have his/her own room at an extra surcharge for single supplement. All tours are subject to weather conditions.
Sabah Parks (who manage Turtle Island conservation activities) endorse the following conservation, and safety, practices at Turtle Island. This is to minimise any negative impact on the Turtles who come to lay eggs on the island:-
- Sabah Parks allow only camera of unaided flash to take photographs of the turtle (Video/Digital Video Camera are not allowed).
- Visitors are not allowed to go around the island on their own from 6:00pm – 6:00am.
- Only one (1) turtle sighting per night is allowed for visitors to Turtle Island.
The Turtle Island trip price is valid for trips taken up to the 31st December 2019.