Turtle Island Park, Sandakan

4.2
#3 of 30 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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  • We had an absolute ball at Turtle Island. I recommend that you book through Crystal Quest Tours, which is roughly a 10min walk from the centre of Sandakan. This seemed to be the significantly cheaper ...  more »
  • Turtle Island (Selingan) is great for snorkeling during the day and observing the turtle hatchery process at night. Know that you can only observe one turtle laying its eggs--good for conservation rea...  more »
  • This must be experienced if you're visiting Borneo! First, spend the day snorkeling on this island paradise. Then eat the buffet in the restaurant before the evening came. In the evening we saw a 98 cm turtle lay eggs 74. Take pictures of this and then see when nykläkta turtle babies crawling out of the water for the first time. Really awesome was it! However, think I got a little food poisoned by the restaurant there but am not entirely sure that it came from there (but most likely)
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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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