5D4N THE ULTIMATE SANDAKAN TOUR – SIC

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Highlights: Sepilok Orang Utan Rainforest Discovery Turtle Island City Tour Gomantong Cave Kinabatangan River Jungle Walk

  from RM 2,898/
  What you get
  • Stay: 4 Nights
  • Meals: 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 4 Dinner
  • Transport: SIC

See at Sepilok, the world’s largest orang utan sanctuary, watch turtles lay their eggs and endemic proboscis monkeys with oversized, fleshy, pinkish nose. Included in this tour package is a visit to the largest birdnest cave in Sabah.
This tour will enable you to experience the diverse wildlife in Sabah, East Malaysia.

Sandakan located on the eastern seaboard of Sabah, is a city steeped in history. Its character is shaped by the hinterland that embodies Sabah’s rich and diverse biodiversity in all its glory.

Sandakan has an airport and is linked by road to Kota Kinabalu, the state capital, via Ranau.

With little more than an hour’s journey outside this bustling port city, you will discover forest reserves rich in wildlife such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys, brilliantly hued birds, crocodiles and elephants. In the vicinity is a renowned orangutan sanctuary at Sepilok (north), and the large Gomantong Caves (southwest) which are inhabited by swiftlets (whose nests are collected for birds’ nest soup, a Chinese delicacy) and a large colony of bats.

Offshore from the city are the famous Turtle Islands where visitors are able to view rare endangered marine turtles, or scuba dive to indulge in the beauty of the underwater world.

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Day 1

ARRIVAL SANDAKAN – SEPILOK ORANG UTAN – RAINFOREST DISCOVERY (X/L/D)

Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Unpack yourself, freshen up. Take a 5 mins. leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programmes (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall. After Sepilok, proceed to Sun Bear Conservation Center to see the world’s smallest bear in its natural environment. Lunch en route at SJR. Afternoon, second visit to the sanctuary for the afternoon feeding of orang utans. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR. After Sepilok, continue a visit to Rainforest Discovery Centre situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre will bring you lots of information about the nature in the area. After that, a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk in Sandakan. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR.

Day 2

TURTLE ISLAND (B/L/D)

Breakfast, depart SJR by 0815hrs, transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorized boat will take about 1 hour. After lunch, 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, standby 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 sea. Stay overnight at Selingan Island Chalet.

Day 3

CITY TOUR – GOMANTONG CAVE – KINABATANGAN RIVER (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart island by 0700hrs and return to mainland. Then, proceed for Sandakan Nature City Tour. Visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay & Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church where you can see a century old building where Christianity is preached. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. After lunch, we will continue overland to Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After visiting the cave, wait at the cave entrance to witness the feeding of bathawk on millions of bats that merge out from the cave in search for food. Transfer to Bilit Adventure Lodge after that for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

JUNGLE WALK (B/L/D)

Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise at about 6:00am. After the one hour’s boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided nature jungle walk to experience the riverine forest. Trek back to Bilit Lodge, freshen up, have lunch. Take a short nap. Late afternoon, get ready for another afternoon river cruise to a different part of the river to see more wildlife. Dinner and stay second night at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

Day 5

DEPARTURE SANDAKAN (B)

After breakfast, depart Bilit by 0830hrs and return to Sandakan. Transfer to Sandakan airport.

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5D4N THE ULTIMATE SANDAKAN TOUR (STW641)

Hotel Category

Validity

Adult

Child

Single

Twin Sharing

Sepilok Jungle Resort, Selingan Island Chalet & Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar

01Apr’20 – 31Mar’21

3,318

2,898

2,168

Booking Period: Now ~ 31 Mar’ 2021 (Minimum 2 adults to go)

Travel Period: Now ~ 31 Mar’ 2021

Includes:

  • 4 nights’ stay at accommodation
  • All land as transfers as per itinerary
  • All meals as transfers as per itinerary
  • Entrance fee where applicable
  • English speaking guide

Excludes:

  • Domestic air ticket
  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Subject to peak season & public holiday surcharge

Update: 03 Jun 2020

Peak season and public holiday surcharge may apply for certain dates.

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