Tour Code: BPSDK04 Departure Time: 7.40AM (Ex-Sandakan Airport) Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights Meal: Fullboard Departure Point: Sandakan, Sabah
Day One – Selingan island
Meet upon arrival at Sandakan Airport or Hotel Lobby and transfer to jetty for 1 hour boat ride to Selingan Island. Check-in at chalet and lunch in Selingan cafeteria. Free at leisure, you can swim or snorkel around the island. In the evening, two species of marine turtle – the green and hawksbill species come ashore here to lay their eggs. After dinner, turtle activities will start anytime once the ranger find one nesting on the beach. Witness the laying of eggs and the release of turtle hatching to the sea. O/n Chalet. (L,D)
Day Two – Sepilok Orangutan Center and Sukau
Early morning Breakfast and depart Selingan Island at 0700hrs. Upon arrival at Sandakan jetty, proceed for 30min drive to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Watch the scheduled video documentary show at the Sepilok Information and Audio Visual building. The 25 minutes video show will give you a better understanding of the Rehabilitation Process and Programs for the Orangutans in Sepilok Center and its threats to survival. After the video program, proceed to Sepilok Forest Reserve feeding platform and see in actual process of the 3rd stage of rehabilitation program where the orphaned and injured orangutans are brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to forest life. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest and the nearest place to visit a virgin jungle of Borneo, one of the few remaining rainforest in Sabah and to witness the feeding of Orangutan in its natural habitat from a platform in the forest.
After your morning experience with the Orangutans, depart Sepilok by overland for 2.5 hrs journey to Sukau. Check-in and lunch at the lodge. In late afternoon, proceed for the river cruise to the Menanggol River, a tributary of Kinabatangan River to find the wildlife of Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, including the unique Proboscis monkey, hornbills, kingfishers and many others. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is noted as one of the best places in Southeast Asia to find and observe wildlife in Borneo. o/n at one of the lodge in Sukau(L,D)
Day Three – Gomantong Cave and Sandakan City Tour
After breakfast, 0800 depart for Gomantong cave, the drive will take approximately 45min. Upon arrival, take 15min walk through the forest before reaching the cave, the short jungle walk will take you to the unique limestone vegetation and lowland forest, here you can observe birds and primates. Explore one of the fascinating cave in Sabah, the cave is home of the million bats and swiflets. The swiflets nest is collected for the famous expensive Chinese edible bird’s nest soup. After exploring the cave, proceed to Sandakan for lunch at local restaurant or at Ocean King Seafood Restaurant. Then proceed for afternoon City Tour. Puh Jih Shih temple is your first stop.
This temple is situated on the hilltop with a commanding view of Sandakan bay, built in 1987, this impressive temple is blazed with red and gold, with writhing dragons and gold gilded Buddha. The Temple is architecturally design to the combination of Chinese culture and Buddhism belief of Chinese community in Sandakan. It is said that the temple protects and brings prosperity to Sandakan Chinese community. From the temple you drive down to Sandakan town and visit the market and see the local produce such as vegetables, fruits, fish, and many others.
Few minutes drive from town is the Sim Sim Water Village, where this settlement was established in 1897. Here you can experience to walk through the walkway bridge in the village and see the houses on stilt occupied by the local Chinese and Malays, used to be fishing as their main source of income. If time permits, an option to stop at Sandakan War Memorial Park before proceeding to your hotel or Sandakan airport for your return flight to Kota Kinabalu.