The Ultimate Sandakan Experience! Need we say more? From Monkeys and Turtles, to Jungle and Sea! What more could you want from a couple of much needed days of rest and relaxation without the hassle of deciding what to do! It’s all planned out! So just sit back and experience the warmth and love of Mother Nature in style!
Your trip begins by being picked up from the airport and brought to the Sepilok Jungle Resort located in a 10, 610 acre rainforest reserve. From there, a mere 5 minutes’ walk-away is the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary where orphaned Orang Utans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready. Meet and greet the “man of the jungle” and see them enjoying life to its fullest!
After your rendezvous with the Orang Utans, you’ll be brought to Rainforest Discovery Centre situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre have quite a few stories to tell about the nature in the area. After that, you can take a wander through to the only Canopy Walk in Sandakan which stands at 28m above the forest floor to observe Mother Nature from above! At night you can return to the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary for a magnificent experience of a night’s walk through the mystery of the jungle. A good night’s rest is guaranteed by Mother Nature’s sweet soothing lullabies.
After a relaxing morning, you’ll be transferred to Selingan Turtle Island on an hour boat ride. Enjoy the view and hopefully you’ll catch a glimpse of a Dolphin or two.
After arriving on Turtle Island, lunch will be waiting for you and, at your leisure, you can head to the beach and have a little rest & relaxation, swim and sunbathe or grab your mask, fins and snorkel where you can swim and find the water teeming with a brilliant display of juvenile marine life. Before dinner, you’ll be treated to a slide show featuring information of the Turtle Park and Turtles. After dinner, park rangers will take you to the egg-laying site to witness the rare experience of turtles laying eggs and also a chance to calculate the amount of eggs being laid on that night. You will also get a chance to witness the release of young turtles to the ocean; if you’re lucky you might be able to do it yourself! You’ll be staying overnight on Turtle Island as Mother Nature’s lullabies sing you to sleep.
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, there will be a slight change of scenery from the lush greenery to the urban landscape where you’ll be taken on a Sandakan City Tour. The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the site of the original Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp. The park commemorates the sacrifice and suffering endured by Local, Australian and British soldiers who were held by the Japanese as Prisoners of War during World War II. You’ll also see the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay and the Town Centre.
Then, you’ll continue to one of the oldest churches in Sabah, St. Michael's Church where you can see a building filled with history and discover the rich background behind its development. You’ll then be driven to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold followed by a visit to the Agnes Keith Museum where you’ll find interesting insights into life in British North Borneo. You’ll then stop at the nearby English Tea House where you’ll have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City.
After lunch, you’ll continue overland to Sukau, home to the 10 species of primates such as the Proboscis monkeys, Macaques and Orang Utan, to name a few, and 8 species of Hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Black Hornbill and Helmeted Hornbill among many more wildlife. When you arrive in Sakau, you’ll be taken on an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River where you can observe the wildlife on the boat and hopefully catch some monkey’s monkeying around. After the cruise, you’ll be brought back to lodge where you will dine with nature and her companions, and take a stroll through the night jungle accompanied by a guide. After an exciting day, it is back to the Bilit Adventure Lodge where a good night’s rest awaits you.
Wake up to the calls of gibbons and birds the next morning and start the day with an early river cruise at about 6.00am. After the 1 hour cruise, you’ll get back to the lodge for breakfast followed by a guided jungle walk in the late morning through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife. A simple picnic lunch will be provided at the Ox Bow Lake before trekking back to the lodge.
Freshen up and head over to Gomantung Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nest cave in Sabah where millions of Swiftlets make the stunning cave their home. After visiting the cave, wait at the cave entrance to witness the Bat Hawk’s feeding on bats! After that, you’ll be transferred back to the lodge for a little rest & relaxation. Join Mother Nature again for a tranquil dinner and off to a good night’s rest at your leisure.
After breakfast the next day, an airport transfer will await you for your onward journey to the airport to head back home. Rest, relaxation and adventure? All checked!
This package includes:
• 5 days, 4 nights stay in the Deluxe Room in Sepilok Jungle Resort and a Standard Room (with a/c) at Bilit Adventure Lodge
• 4x breakfast, 4x lunch and 4x dinner
• Airport pick-up and transfers to resort and airport
• Entrance to the Sepilok Centre, Turtle Island, Sandakan Museums, and Gomantung Cave
• Guided Tours
• Land and boat transfers
• English speaking guides
NOTE: Check-in time is at 2.00pm and check-out time is 12.00pm.
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