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Turtle Island Park, Sandakan

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National Park Wildlife Area
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 vacation generator.
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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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  • Great experience, must do when in Sandakan. I read some reviews that the showers are salty in dry season when the rain water tanks are empty, but in late May we still had fresh water showers. The room...  more »
  • We did not want to stay 1 night on turtles island: tourist agency in sandakan asked us 638 RM plus something to pay on island, PER PERSON for 1 night there. But we went to the jetty, (10 min walking f...  more »
  • Do your part to help save some of the most majestic and ancient creatures on the planet. This gorgeous island will have you awestruck at its incredible white sand beaches and the star of the show the ...  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.