6D/5N Sandakan Wildlife Explorer This tour will enable you to experience the diverse wildlife in Sabah, East Malaysia. Sandakan located on the eastern seaboard of Sabah, is a city steeped in history. Its character is shaped by the hinterland that embodies Sabah rich and diverse biodiversity in all its glory.
Sandakan has an airport and is linked by road to Kota Kinabalu, the state capital, via Ranau. With little more than an hour journey outside this bustling port city, you will discover forest reserves rich in wildlife such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys, brilliantly hued birds, crocodiles and elephants. In the vicinity is a renowned orangutan sanctuary at Sepilok (north), and the large Gomantong Caves (southwest) which are inhabited by swift lets (whose nests are collected for bird nest soup, a Chinese delicacy) and a large colony of bats. Offshore from the city are the famous Turtle Islands where visitors are able to view rare endangered marine turtles, or scuba dive to indulge in the beauty of the underwater world.
Day 1 ARRIVE SANDAKAN AIRPORT Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Sandakan Airport and be transferred to hotel for check in. After that, free at own leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 SANDAKAN – PULAU SELINGAN After breakfast, meet at the hotel lobby at 9.45am as we will be heading to the jetty for a 1.25-hr boat ride to Pulau Selingan, located some 40 kilometres north of Sandakan lying off the north-east coast of Sabah. The island is famous for its green and hawksbill turtles which lay their eggs on the sandy beaches.Upon arrival, proceed to park HQ for registration and later check in to chalet. After lunch, free at your own leisure for the rest of the afternoon where you can indulge in swimming or snorkelling. After dinner, proceed to the hatchery where you may have an opportunity to observe the release of baby turtles into the open sea. Overnight at Park Chalet (common or attached bathroom)
Day 3 PULAU SELINGAN – SEPILOK – ABAI In the early morning, we will return by boat to the mainland and proceed for breakfast followed by a 30-minute drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. Sepilok, the worldâ€™s largest orang utan sanctuary where orphaned, injured, and ailing orang utans are nurtured back to health and, when ready, released back into the wild. Proceed to the free roaming area at the feeding platform to observe the fearless “wild man of Borneo” swaying from ropes and racing towards a wooden feeding platform for a banana brunch. After that, take a walk in the tropical lowland dipterocarp forest of Borneo. Later we head to the jetty for a boat cruise up to the lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. This wonderful trip starts from the water of Sulu Sea where we will go through the magnificent mangrove forest. This trip will reward you with an unforgettable experience.After lunch, we take another cruise in search of more wildlife. Be aware with the sighting of endemic proboscis monkeys where the male proboscis flaunts his oversized, fleshy, pinkish nose to lure females. Catch sights of yellow-ringed cat snake, blue-eared kingfisher, and pig-tailed macaque which loomed from the overgrowth. At night we make another cruise to watch fire flies. Overnight at Abai Jungle Lodge
Day 4 ABAI – PITUS LAKE – KINABATANGAN, SUKAU In the early morning, wake up to the call of nature. After that, proceed for a river boat trip along Pitus Lake to observe wildlife roaming freely in Sabah longest river. We then return to the Lodge for breakfast. Free at own leisure for the rest of the morning. In the afternoon, take a river cruise to Sukau Village in search for more wildlife especially the proboscis monkeys.We then take another river cruise to Menanggul River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan. Overnight at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Day 5 KINABATANGAN, SUKAU – OXBOW LAKE Wake up to the calls of gibbons or hornbills. Early in the morning, take a river boat trip along Oxbow Lake to observe wildlife roaming freely in the early morning river ambiance of Sabah longest river. We then return to the Lodge for breakfast. Free at own leisure for the rest of the morning. In the afternoon, take a river cruise to search for more wildlife. Overnight at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Day 6 DEPART SANDAKAN Wake up to another morning with the calls of wild animals. After breakfast, we will depart to Gomantong Cave. Upon arrival, take a 15-minute plankwalk to the cave. Explore the largest birdnest cave in Sabah, home to millions of bats and swiflets. The nest of the swiflets is collected for the famous Chinese edible birdnest soup. Return to Sandakan by land and drive uphill to Puh Jih Syh Chinese Buddhist Temple for a panoramic view of the Sandakan Bay. Later, proceed to a local restaurant for lunch before transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Departure flight must be after 2 pm.
- Hotel pick-ups are for city center hotels only. For pick-ups outside of city center, additional fees will apply.
- Children below 2 years old are free of charge.
- Other languages are available on request with additional charge.
- For more than 7 pax, professional English Speaking Guide will be assigned
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