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3-Day Tour from Sabah: Sandakan Sightseeing and Wildlife Experience in Sepilok and Selingan from £735 per person

Get up close to Malaysia’s nature and wildlife on this 3-day tour to Sandakan from Sabah. At two animal conversation facilities, watch turtles lay eggs on the beach and see orangutans being fed in the rainforest. Enjoy scenic boat trips, including a Kinabatangan River safari; explore vast Gomantong Caves; and learn about Sandakan's history and heritage on a city coach tour. Your expert local guide will provide enlightening and informative commentary throughout your trip.  #lovesabah



  • 3-day Sandakan city and wildlife experience from Sabah
  • Discover Malaysia’s lush natural scenery and wildlife with your expert local guide
  • See native animals up close on a Kinabatanga River boat safari and at two animal conservation facilities
  • Watch baby turtles scurry along the beach to the sea and see orangutans being fed in the rainforest
  • Journey inside a vast cave complex and enjoy several scenic boat rides
  • Take a Sandakan city tour and browse a bustling market full of local vendors
  • Transportation and accommodation included

What You Can Expect

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

Be picked up at your Kota Kinabalu hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Sandakan (not included, please see Additional Info for details). Upon arrival, head to the jetty for a scenic 1-hour boat ride to Selingan Turtle Island, where you’ll check-in to your hotel and have lunch. 

The rest of the afternoon, explore 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 activities for you to enjoy.

Have dinner and then enjoy an exciting, unique nighttime experience -- watching turtles hatch eggs! Your guide will explain how this island is a conservation area that protects turtles’ newly laid eggs from predators. Witness workers collecting eggs from the nesting site and planting them in the hatchery, and see baby turtles scrambling on the beach to the open sea!

Overnight: 4-star Selingan Island Resort on Selingan Island

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

After breakfast, board a boat and travel along the Sulu Sea back to Sandakan, where you’ll be picked up for a short drive to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Here, watch a video about the center’s important work of rehabilitating injured and orphaned orangutans. Follow your guide on a trek along wooden planks through the rainforest to witness the feeding of orangutans!

Next, enjoy on a scenic 2.5-hour drive through the rustic countryside studded with villages, and then take a short boat transfer to your hotel for check-in. Embark on a 1.5-hour boat safari along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah's longest river. Travel through lush mangrove and rainforest habitats, spotting native wildlife along the way. Your guide will help point out a few primates as they settle onto treetops. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight: 4.5-star Borneo Nature Lodge in Sandakan

Day 3: Sandakan – Sabah (B, L)

After breakfast at the lodge, venture to Gomantong Cave, located in a large limestone outcrop, for an adventurous exploration of this massive cave complex. Return to Sandakan for lunch and then head on a city coach tour beginning with a visit to a bustling market to peruse its stalls offering fresh seafood and unique local delicacies.

Visit historic sites like the Agnes Keith House, where the American author lived and where the British government was housed. Walk inside and see reproductions of colonial furniture and authentic antiques. Next, visit Sandakan Memorial Park, commemorating the life of Australian and British prisoners of war during World War II. Tour the beautifully maintained park and the museum to learn about the heroic efforts of these POWs.

Afterward, you’ll be taken to the airport for your 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)
  • All boat rides


  • 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; for a traveling party with an odd number of individuals, an extra rollaway bed/mattress will be placed in one room
  • 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
  1. Comfortable, casual clothing
  2. Trail or walking shoes
  3. Weatherproof shell jacket
  4. Sunglasses/sunscreen
  5. Swimwear (for optional activities on Selingan Turtle Island)
  6. Insect repellent
  7. Flashlight
  8. 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

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Return details: Returns to original departure point

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