Turtle Island Park, Sandakan

4.2
#3 of 22 in Nature in Sabah
Admire the nature of some of the earth's slowest inhabitants at Turtle Island Park. Providing a safe habitat for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles, the park offers the opportunity to see turtle landings at night. You'll need to join an organized tour to access the attraction, which includes an overnight stay in the onsite accommodations. After dark is the time to catch sight of the turtles coming in and laying their eggs, which rangers then take into the hatchery for protection. It's not all about the turtles, though: their natural enemy, giant monitor lizards, also live in the park, along with eagles and sharks. Note that the hour boat ride to the park can induce a bit of seasickness, so plan ahead. Work out when and for how long to visit Turtle Island Park and other Sandakan attractions using our handy Sandakan tour itinerary planning app .
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  • I booked directly through Crystal Quest online. Took a while but worth the savings. There were 3 of us, myself, my girl friend and her 7 year old daughter. The turtle part of the trip is at night. You...  more »
  • This was an unforgettable event, very interesting and informative. You can book it directly in the Crystal Quest office to get the best price. It is no more than 15 mins walk from town and you can hik...  more »
  • The water here is stunning and you will want to dive right in. There is some stunning coral for snorkelling but not a whole lot but still worth a look. The Green turtles were too late for us on the ni...  more »
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  • Location from cristal quest is more East at the harbour. Just walk the main road and after 10 min it is in the right hand side. Amazing stay at the island.

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Where to stay in Sandakan

On the main road leading into Sandakan simple hotels offer comfortable rooms, providing easy access to the area's natural attractions. In the town itself, the most popular accommodations cluster around the harbor and surrounding districts. Close to the water, you can find everything from backpacker hostels to popular chain hotels. Have a look at Jalan Leila, running west of the harbor--here, well-placed hotels ensure ease of travel to surrounding areas.
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