The Turtle Island Park (gazetted 1977) lies 40 km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and consists of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. The park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings. Selingan, the largest of the islands, houses the park’s headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. The other two islands are more for conservation activities.
As turtle landings usually occur after dusk, an overnight stay would be the best plan to see the turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs, but shining a light on them or using camera flashes should be avoided as either can be stressful on the creatures.
Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to head there is between July and October (peak-season) when the sea is calmer. Observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles into the sea.
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorized boat will take about 1 hour.
Go to reception counter at the Visitor’s Centre and check in to Chalet.
Lunch will be served at the cafeteria.
After lunch, free at leisure!
You may grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life or you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach.
Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the Turtle Park and turtles.
After dinner, stand-by at the cafeteria.
Wait for park ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness the mother turtle laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery and releasing of hatchlings to the
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast in the cafeteria.
Surrender your key to the Reception Counter and depart the island.
Estimated arrival time at the jetty. Transfer back to respective hotels.
-Things to bring : cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, swim wear, torch light, sandals, comfortable cotton T-shirt with short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications.
-Photographing of turtles only with camera of unaided flash.
-Snorkeling gears are available to hire (please refer to the island).
-Camera fee is not included.
-You would need to book half a year in advance for peak-season visiting due to limitation of 25 rooms on the island.
-Full payment is required. Kindly understand that payment is not refundable.
- Snorkeling during the day
- Watch egg laying at night
- Super hot tour in Sandakan
per person, from MYR 863
- 1 night Twin Room (with attached bathroom and Air-Condition)
- return land & boat transfer
- conservation fee
- tour guide
- breakfast * 1
- lunch * 1
- dinner * 1
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