Turtle Island Overview
Ex-Sandakan Selingan – fondly known as Turtle Island is the largest of the islands and houses the park’s headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan island are dedicated conservation locations.
As turtle landings usually occur after dusk, an overnight stay is required. Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs and guests are invited to quietly observe. The park rangers closely manage the event and prohibit the use of torch lights and camera flashes to avoid stress for the creatures.
Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between July and October when the sea is calmer. Observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles into the sea.
Itinerary At A Glance
Day 1 – You will be picked up, from either Sandakan airport or from your accommodation in Sandakan town, to be transferred to the Crystal Quest Jetty. From there you will have a 75 minute (approx.) boat ride to reach Selingan Turtle Island. Check-in to your chalet at the resort, and adjourn to lunch. After lunch, you are free at your leisure to explore the islands beaches, swim in the sea, or snorkel (equipment can be rented from the rest, and is at your own expense). After dinner in the cafeteria, the park rangers will call guests when there is a turtle laying eggs on the beach. You can see the process of collecting the turtle eggs, how the hatchery incubates the eggs, and release of turtle hatchlings into the wild!
Day 2 – Breakfast in the cafeteria is at 06:30, before the boat transfer at 07:00 to return to Sandakan. Upon arrival, a minivan will transfer you to your next destination in Sandakan or to Sandakan Airport for your departing flight.
Most often we combine this trip with a one or two night overnight stay along the Kinabatangan River or a variety of other wildlife programs that we offer.
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• 2D/1N Full Board Meals
• Visit to Selingan Turtle Islands
• Selingan Turtle Island Chalet Accommodation (very basic accommodation, twin bed room, air-con, private bathroom)
• Entrance Fees
• Return Road Transfers
• English-Speaking Guide
• Alcohol and Carbonated Drinks
• Tourism Tax MYR 10.00 Per Room Per Night (this will be added to your room bill on location)
• Other Items Not Explicitly Stated
• Beach Wear
• Leech Socks
• Insect Repellent
• Raincoat or Poncho
• Beach Wear
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients’ health and safety. Wildlife cannot be predicated nor guaranteed because it is a spontaneous chance to spot any in their natural rainforest habitat. Selingan Island is owned and operated by the wildlife state government department, we act as a booking agent.