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2-Day Small-Group Tour: Sandakan City and Wildlife Experience from £542 per person

Take a 2-day small-group tour that combines a discovery of Sandakan’s history and heritage with fascinating excursions to two animal conservation facilities. From Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, visit Selingan Turtle Island to learn about its animal protection services. On the beach at night, witness a turtle laying eggs and watch baby turtles scurry to the sea! Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and take a guided walk through the rainforest to witness the feeding of orangutans. After, explore the city of Sandakan with your guide and visit historically significant sites such as the Sandakan Memorial Park and the Agnes Keith House.   #lovesabah


  • 2-day small-group tour of Sandakan and Selingan Turtle Island with an expert guide
  • Visit Selingan Turtle Island and learn about the important work of protecting of turtles and their offspring
  • Witness the incredible process of a turtle laying eggs!
  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and learn about the conservation and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned orangutans in Sandakan
  • Walk through the rainforest and watch the feeding of orangutans
  • Take a guided tour of Sandakan and visit historical sites such as the Agnes Keith House and Sandakan Memorial Park
  • Overnight accommodation at a 4-star hotel
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and all transportation between sites included
  • Small-group ensures a comfortable and personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Discover the fascinating heritage of Sandakan and its neighboring island of Selingan on this all-inclusive 2-day small-group tour with your expert guide. Venture to Selingan, commonly referred to as Selingan Turtle Island, to observe the process of protecting baby turtles. Then, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to learn about the rehabilitation of stray and wounded orangutans.


Day 1: Sabah – Selingan Turtle Island (L, D)

To begin your 2-day tour, you will be picked up by your guide from your Kota Kinabalu hotel in Sabah and taken to the airport for your flight to Sandakan (flight not included, please see Additional Information for more details). Upon arrival, transfer to the Sandakan jetty for a 1-hour scenic boat ride to Selingan Turtle Island, where you’ll head to the hotel for check-in and lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the island at your own leisure and expense. Take a dip in the ocean; soak up the sun on the beach; or discover marine life while snorkeling – the island offers a variety of fun recreational activities for you to enjoy.

After dinner, enjoy an exciting and unique nighttime experience -- watching green turtles lay eggs on the beach! The island is a conservation area that protects turtles’ newly laid eggs from predators by transplanting them to the hatchery and then releasing baby turtles to the sea once they have hatched. With your expert guide, watch a turtle laying eggs; see the process of transplanting the eggs; and witness baby turtles being released to the open sea!

Overnight: Selingan Island Resort on Selingan Island (4-star rated resort on TripAdvisor)

Day 2: Selingan Turtle Island – Sandakan – Sabah (B, L)

After breakfast, board a boat that will take you along the Sulu Sea back to Sandakan. You’ll be picked up for a drive 15 miles (25 km) to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Here, watch a video to learn about the center’s important work of rehabilitating injured and orphaned orangutans. Then, follow your guide on a 10-minute trek along wooden plank walkways through the rainforest to witness the feeding of orangutans.

Head back to Sandakan for lunch with your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant chosen by your guide before spending the rest of the day on a guided city tour by comfortable vehicle. Stop at a bustling city market to peruse its many stalls that offer a variety of fresh seafood and unique local delicacies. Then, visit historically significant places like the Agnes Keith House, a restored building where well-known American author Agnes Keith and her family once lived and housed the British colonial government. Walk around inside the house and see reproductions of colonial furniture and authentic antiques, as well as a timeline of the Keith family.

                Make your way to the Sandakan Memorial Park, a site commemorating the life of many Australian and British prisoners of war during World War 2. Take a guided tour of the beautifully maintained park and the museum, where you can learn more about the heroic efforts of these POWs.

After touring Sandakan, transfer to airport for the late afternoon flight (not included) back to your Kota Kinabalu hotel



  • Entrance fees to attractions as per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Overnight accommodation at Selingan Island Resort
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Boat ride from Selingan Turtle Island to Sandakan


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Round-trip flight between Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan
  • Optional activities on Selingan Turtle Island

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Room accommodation is for a standard twin room with two twin beds fit for two people
  • Please note that round-trip flight between Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan is not included and will cost approx. USD $259; after booking, contact local tour operator for assistance with flight purchase (contact info is provided on your confirmation voucher).
  • Recommended clothing/items to bring
  • Comfortable casual clothing
  • Trail or walking shoes
  • Weatherproof shell jacket
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Swimwear (for optional activities on Selingan Turtle Island)
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries

Local operator information

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Departure point: Departs from your Kota Kinabalu hotel in Sabah

Departure time: 7:30am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Duration:2 days, 1 night

Return details: Returns to original departure point.

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