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 the other three islands 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 snorkelling 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 Turtle Island trip, you will also visit on Day 2 a morning feeding session at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is world-famous for its efforts to help orphaned or rescued Orangutans return to the wild. Last but not least, enjoy lunch before being transferred to your drop-off location in Sandakan.
A visit to Turtle Island also works well when combined with visiting the Kinabatangan River to watch wildlife. Check out 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)
~08:00hrs – 09:15hrs: You will be collected from your hotel within the Sandakan or Sepilok area or at Sandakan Airport. If you are flying to Sandakan Airport to join the tour, you need to arrive at SDK by 08:00hrs. You will be transferred by minibus/coach to Sandakan Yacht Club for your boat ride to Selingan Turtle Island Park. 10:00hrs: Your boat departs for Turtle Island.
The boat transfer to Turtle Island will take approximately 45 minutes (depending upon the 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 snorkelling 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 shared 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 and 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 relatives, the Orangutans. Orangutans share 97% of the same DNA as humans. The orangutans’ feeding time is 1000 hours. 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).
~11:30hrs: You will be transferred to your lunch location. You’ll enjoy a tasty lunch at a restaurant in a Lodge located near Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
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 Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre feeding session.
- One night accommodation on Turtle Island in a twin sharing room (with air-con) with an 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.
- 0% Sales and service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.
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 a raincoat, cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, comfortable walking shoes, comfortable cotton T-shirt, long sleeve top, long or short trousers, binoculars, torch, camera and personal medications (if needed). Please take your 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 Turtle Island Resort provides limited free drinking water.
Notes – 2D1N Turtle Island Trip, Sabah, Malaysia
Turtle Island Park is located some 40km from Sandakan City. The boat ride from the jetty to the island takes 45 mins – 1 hour. If you suffer from seasickness, it is recommended you take seasickness tablets. For boat transfers to/from Turtle Island Resort, the Sandakan Marine Department, on a daily basis, based on weather/tide updates, will make a safety decision if boat transfers are allowed. In the case of a choppy sea state, parents may find the boat crossing to Turtle Island not suitable for infants. Persons with back problems or who are pregnant may find the boat transfer to Turtle Island unsuitable when there are rough seas.
Triple sharing is only allowed for children below the age of 12 years old with parents. 3rd adult will need to have his/her own room at an extra surcharge for a 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 the only camera with 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 6:00 pm – 6:00 am.
- Visitors to Turtle Island are allowed only one (1) turtle sighting per night.
The Turtle Island trip price is valid for trips taken up to 31st March 2024.