Turtle Island in Sabah, Borneo | Discover and Explore
Turtle Island Park lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and consists of three islands - Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. Turtle Island Park is famous for its green turtles and hawksbill turtles which lay their eggs on the beaches of the islands. Turtle Island Park is a safe haven in Sabah for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles. The largest of the three islands, Selingan Island, is open to Tourists to visit. Selingan Island, often referred to as ‘Turtle Island’, has Turtles visiting throughout the year to nest and lay eggs. A Turtle Hatchery is established on Selingan Island, part of the turtle conservation efforts in Turtle Island Park.
In 1966 the first turtle hatchery in Malaysia was established on Selingan Island. In 1977 Selingan, Bakkungan Kechil and Gulisan islands were designated as a Marine Park - known as Turtle Island Park. The Marine Park is managed by Sabah Parks with full time Wardens located on the islands to monitor the turtles, protect the turtle hatcheries and tag the turtles for research purposes. The turtle conservation programme in Sabah is the oldest in the world and with the most detailed statistics and research. For good reason, strict conservation practices are in place in Turtle Island Park so to not disturb the Turtles and to protect them.
Tours can be arranged to Turtle Island which include an overnight stay. Visiting Turtle Island provides an amazing opportunity to both learn about the turtle conservation efforts in Turtle Island Park, as well as watch a Turtle nesting. At dusk, under the guidance of a Sabah Parks Warden, to you get the opportunity to watch a Turtle laying eggs - a once in a lifetime experience for most. You will also get the chance to see hatchlings (or baby turtles) released into the sea. Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year at Turtle Island so you can visit all year round (subject to sea state).
Tours to Selingan Island, Turtle Island Park with Borneo Dream
At Borneo Dream we offer you two main choices for visiting Turtle Island Park. Join a 2D1N Turtle Island trip and stay overnight on Selingan Island in Turtle Island Park. Or, combine a visit to Turtle Island with a visit to the Kinabatangan River - a fantastic combination for maximising your wildlife encounters in Sabah. Read more about our exciting range of tours to Turtle Island in Turtle Island Park below.
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