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 vacation generator.
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  • August 11, 2017
    I was initially wary when my wife suggested we spend the night at Turtle Island. I thought it was expensive but agreed and am so glad I did. Snorkelling during the day on a pretty good reef, although ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Really worth a visit for people of all ages. Incredible island and watching the turtles was amazing! 100% recommended!  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Amazing trip with my wife and 3 kids aged 17/15/12 years.We booked via agent and had guide from Tropical Gateways holidays in Sandakan . Lovely informative guide Abdul accompanied us . Crystal quest a...  more »
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  • March 30, 2016
    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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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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