Day 1 Arrive Sandakan – MY Nature Resort, Sepilok (L/D)
Pick up from Sandakan airport / hotel and transfer to MY Nature Resort at Sepilok. This resort is set in 25 acres of rainforest bordering the Sepilok forest reserve, a protected area rich in wildlife. Check in to your chalet and have lunch at the resort’s restaurant. Then free at leisure to relax in the resort’s rainforest setting or have a swim in the pool.
Red giant flying squirrels are resident within the grounds of MY Nature Resort. They come out almost every night but sightings are not guaranteed. Head to the platform near the restaurant before 1800 hours. Resort staff will point out which trees the squirrels sleep in and let you know when they start to come out of their hiding places. If you are lucky watch the giant squirrels emerge from their nests and glide across the sky. Dinner and overnight at MY Nature Resort.
Note: If you flight arrives before 0900 hours you have the option of visiting Sepilok Orangutan and Sun Bear Centres on the morning of Day 1. If your flight arrives after 0900 hours you visit the orangutan and sun bear centres on Day 3.
Day 2 Sepilok – Selingan Island (B/L/D)
Breakfast in the resort. 0900 hours transfer to the jetty for a one-hour trip by speedboat to Selingan Turtle Island. Check in at one of the chalets on the island and have lunch at the restaurant. The afternoon is free for relaxing, bird watching or for snorkeling. In the evening, a park ranger will escort you to watch one of the green turtles that have come ashore to lay their eggs. Overnight at the park chalets.
Day 3 Selingan Island – Sepilok – Labuk Bay (B/L)
Early breakfast at 0630 hours. At 0700 hours depart Selingan by boat for Sandakan. Arrive at Sandakan jetty and drive for approximately 30 minutes to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. You will be able to observe them at their feeding stations in the rainforest and at the nursery (if open). Watch the feeding session at 1000 hours. Then proceed to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). This centre rescues captured sun bears and is involved in sun bear conservation, welfare rehabilitation and education. Over 30 sun bears live at the centre in the bear house and outdoor enclosures. 11.30 hours depart the BSBCC and have lunch.
After lunch proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. This privately run sanctuary is located within an oil palm estate and offers a unique chance to see proboscis monkeys. These monkeys are wild but habituated and often get very close to visitors. The proboscis monkeys at Labuk Bay live in a fragmented habitat surrounded by an oil palm plantation. As there is insufficient food the monkeys receive a supplementary diet. The afternoon feeding time commences at 1430 hours when groups of proboscis monkeys from the nearby forest and mangroves and head to the wooden platform for a free meal. Labuk Bay offers a unique opportunity to get close to these normally shy creatures. Silver leaf monkeys and hornbills are also sometimes seen at Labuk Bay. Around 1530 hours depart Labuk Bay and transfer to your hotel or Sandakan airport for flight out.
Note: The nursery at Sepilok is sometimes closed to visitors. This occurs if any of the young orangutan are sick. As such there is no guarantee that the nursery will be open.
English speaking guide, tours & transfers, entrance fees, meals as indicated, 1 night at MY Nature Resort and 1 night at Selingan Island.
Airfare: KK - Sandakan – KK, alcoholic beverages, juices, camera & video fees
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) – Sandakan (SDK) on Malaysia Airlines MH2042 (Dep 0715, Arr 0755). If flight arrives later than 0900 hours you will visit the orangutan and sun bear centres on Day 3 instead of Day 1.
Your departure flight out of Sandakan should be after 1800 hours.
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