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5D4N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDER – TURTLE/SEPILOK/SUKAU BILIT/OXBOW/CAVE/CITY TOUR & STAY

Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-003
Itinerary Day 1: Day 1: Sandakan – Gomantong Cave – Kinabatangan River Cruise

  • Meet and pick up from Sandakan airport or hotel
  • Travel to Gomantong Cave located within the Gomantong forest reserve. Journey takes approximately 2 hours drive by land through Oil Palm Plantations and rustic countryside studded with villages. Upon arrival, walk on the plank to the cave. Explore the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of bats and swiftlets. The nest of the swiftlets are collected for the famous Chinese edible bird nest soup.
  • Continue an approximately 30 mins drive to one of the world’s richest ecosystems, Lower Kinabatangan River, Sukau. Arrive at Kampung Bilit, a base for easy exploration of the incredible diversity of plants, mammals and birds.
  • Take a short boat transfer to Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge. Time for orientation briefing, a welcome drink and check in. Lunch will be provided in the lodge restaurant.
  • At 16:00hrs, take a river cruise in search of endemic proboscis monkeys, different species of birds & other wildlife along the river bank. One may also catch a glimpse of a wild Orang Utan, leaf monkeys, gibbons, macaques or the Borneo pygmy elephant.
  • At 19:00hrs, dinner at the lodge restaurant.
  • After dinner, you can go for an optional night safari cruise (self-expense, not included in tour price) where you can spot nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.
  • Overnight at Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge.

Itinerary Day 2: Morning Cruise to Oxbow Lake or Jungle Trek

  • Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills at 6am.
  • Today you start your day with a morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River Oxbow Lake. (Option to change to jungle trekking). Experience the wilderness of Borneo.
  • After your morning exploration, return back to lodge for late breakfast.
  • Free at leisure.
  • Lunch will be served at Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge restaurant.
  • At 16:00hrs, take another river cruise in the late afternoon to see more wildlife along the Sukau Kinabatangan River Bank.
  • Overnight at Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge.

Itinerary Day 3: Selingan Turtle Island
Since the introduction of a conservative program in Selingan Island in 1967, a large number of turtles are now returning to lay their eggs and the chance to see the sea creature is almost certain every night.

  • After breakfast, depart at 07:00hrs to return to the Sandakan seafront jetty.
  • At 09:30hrs, speed boat departs for Selingan Island, the main nesting area for green turtle, which lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah’s east coast. Boat journey is approximately 1 hour.
  • Check into simple accommodation facility and relax by the beach or take up snorkel at the nearby reefs.
  • After dinner, Park Ranger will signal the appropriate time to view huge Green turtles coming ashore to lay eggs. Witness the eggs being transferred to hatchery from the nesting site. Offer help to release baby turtles onto the shore and be overwhelmed by the emotion of seeing the turtles scrambling to the open sea by some natural instinct.
  • Overnight at the Island Chalet.

Itinerary Day 4: Choice of Sepilok Orangutan OR Sandakan City Tour OR Sepilok Orangutan and Sandakan City Tour
OPTION A: SEPILOK ORANGUTAN

  • After breakfast, check out and proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (2.5hrs journey) situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve for video show.
  • Visit the Nature Education Centre and watch the video documentary show to learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutan before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to view the feeding platform.
  • Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden plank walks to witness the feeding of the orangutans at 10:00hrs.
  • After lunch, transfer to Sheraton Four Points Hotel (4 Stars hotel) for check-in.
  • Overnight at Sheraton Four Points Hotel.

OPTION B: SANDAKAN CITY TOUR

  • After breakfast, check out and proceed for Sandakan City Tour (2.5hrs journey).
  • Visit various landmarks and historical points in Sandakan, once known as the “Little Hong Kong.” The landmarks include:-
    1) Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay situated on the hilltop Tanah Merah,
    2) Sandakan Central Market, the most amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products.
    3) The Sim-Sim Water Village where houses are all built close to the water surface while observing the fascinating view of the sea.
  • After lunch, transfer to Sheraton Four Points Hotel (4 Stars hotel) for check-in.
  • Overnight at Sheraton Four Points Hotel.

OPTION C: SEPILOK ORANG UTAN & SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
This option has an additional charge of MYR 50 per person.

  • After breakfast, check out and proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (2.5hrs journey) situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve for video show.
  • Visit the Nature Education Centre and watch the video documentary show to learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutan before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to view the feeding platform.
  • Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden plank walks to witness the feeding of the orangutan at 10:00hrs.
  • After lunch, continue the journey and proceed for Sandakan City Tour.
  • Visit various landmarks and historical points in Sandakan, once known as the “Little Hong Kong.” The landmarks include:-
    1) Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay situated on the hilltop Tanah Merah,
    2) Sandakan Central Market, the most amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products.
    3) The Sim-Sim Water Village where houses are all built close to the water surface while observing the fascinating view of the sea.
  • After lunch, transfer to Sheraton Four Points Hotel (4 Stars hotel) for check-in.
  • Overnight at Sheraton Four Points Hotel.

Itinerary Day 5: Sandakan Airport
After breakfast, transfer pick up from Sheraton Four Points Hotel to Sandakan airport.

Sandakan

Prices start from
Adult MYR 2,500 per pax
Child MYR 1,250 per pax

Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-003

Gomantong Cave at the Gomantong Forest Reserve Sandakan

Gomantong Cave at the Gomantong Forest Reserve Sandakan

Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge - photo credit: www.bilitrainforestlodge.com

Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge at the Lower Kinabatangan River

The Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia

The Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia

Proboscis Monkey on searching food at Kinabatangan River_Photo by Hazli Masingka

Proboscis Monkey foraging at Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan River Cruise_ExodusBorneo

Cruising on the Lower Kinabatangan River

Selingan Turtle Island_ExodusBorneo

Selingan Turtle Island – turtle laying eggs ashore

Photo opportunities on the lower Kinabatangan river

Photo opportunities on the lower Kinabatangan river

4D3N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDER – TURTLE/ SEPILOK/ SUKAU BILIT/ OXBOW/ CAVE/ CITY

Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-002
Itinerary Day 1: Sandakan – Gomantong Cave – Kinabatangan River Cruise

Itinerary Day 2: Morning Cruise to Oxbow Lake or Jungle Trek

Itinerary Day 3: Selingan Turtle Island

Itinerary Day 4: Choice of Sepilok Orangutan OR Sandakan City Tour OR Sepilok Orangutan and Sandakan City Tour

  • OPTION A: SEPILOK ORANGUTAN
  • OPTION B: SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
  • OPTION C: SEPILOK ORANG UTAN & SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
  • This option has an additional charge of MYR 50 per person.

Sandakan

Prices start from
Adult MYR 2,070 per pax
Child MYR 1,050

Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-002

3D2N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDER – TURTLE/ SEPILOK/ SUKAU BILIT/ OXBOW/ CAVE/ CITY

Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-001
Itinerary Day 1: Sandakan – Gomantong Cave – Kinabatangan River Cruise

Itinerary Day 2: Selingan Turtle Island

Itinerary Day 3: Choice of Tours

  • OPTION A: SEPILOK ORANGUTAN
  • OPTION B: SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
  • OPTION C: SEPILOK ORANG UTAN & SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
  • This option has an additional charge of MYR 50 per person.

Sandakan

Prices start from
Adult MYR 1,610 per pax
Child MYR 805

Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-001

Pygmy Elephant of Borneo photo by Hazli Masingka

Pygmy Elephant of Borneo on the Kinabatangan

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Category: Nature & Wildlife
City/Region: Sandakan
Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-003
Pricing: Adults from MYR 2,500; Child from MYR 1,250

Duration: 5D4N
Package: 5D4N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDER – TURTLE / SEPILOK / SUKAU BILIT / OXBOW / CAVE / CITY TOUR & STAY
Tour Availability: Everyday
Min Pax: 2 pax (Single traveler may book for an additional 100% surcharge)

Sandakan Airport Pick Up: Your flight arrival time (Preferably first flight)
Sandakan Hotel Pick Up: 08:30 hrs.
Return Time: To be advised

Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Accommodation: 2 Nights Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge, 1 Night Turtle Island Chalet, 1 Night Sheraton Four Points Hotel (4 stars hotel)

Includes: Meals as Stated, Entrance Fee, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Return Boat Transfer, English Speaking Guide, 4 Nights Accommodation, 03 River Cruises, Turtle Island National Park Conservancy Fee.
Excludes: Domestic Airfares (Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu), Camera and Video Fees, Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Any Items Not Mentioned.

Things to bring:
Insect repellent, raincoat, water bottle, sun hat, trekking shoes, leech socks, torchlight, camera, binoculars, toiletries, sun-block, personal medication.

Things You Should Know:
Please ensure you are holding air ticket to Sandakan.
Departure time varies from different hotels, please reconfirm with our staffs.
If you are arriving at Sandakan Airport on the day of your tour, our friendly guide will greet and pick you up from the airport with a placard bearing your good name.
Non-guarantee wildlife sightings.
Asian Overland Services reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.

Itinerary is subject to change based on weather condition and traffic issue.

Category: Nature & Wildlife
City/Region: Sandakan
Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-002
Pricing: Adults from MYR 2,070; Child from MYR 1,050

Duration: 4D3N
Package: 4D3N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDER – TURTLE / SEPILOK / SUKAU BILIT / OXBOW / CAVE / CITY
Tour Availability: Everyday
Min Pax: 2 pax (Single traveler may book for an additional 100% surcharge)

Sandakan Airport Pick Up: Your flight arrival time (Preferably first flight)
Sandakan Hotel Pick Up: 08:30 hrs.
Return Time: 13:00hrs/16:00hrs

Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Accommodation: 2 Nights Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge, 1 Night Turtle Island Chalet

Includes: Meals as Stated, Entrance Fee, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Return Boat Transfer, English Speaking Guide, 3 Nights Accommodation, 03 River Cruises, Turtle Island National Park Conservancy Fee.
Excludes: Domestic Airfares (Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu), Camera and Video Fees, Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Any Items Not Mentioned.

Things to bring:
Insect repellent, raincoat, water bottle, sun hat, trekking shoes, leech socks, torchlight, camera, binoculars, toiletries, sun-block, personal medication.

Things You Should Know:
Please ensure you are holding air ticket to Sandakan.
Departure time varies from different hotels, please reconfirm with our staffs.
If you are arriving at Sandakan Airport on the day of your tour, our friendly guide will greet and pick you up from the airport with a placard bearing your good name.
Non-guarantee wildlife sightings.
Asian Overland Services reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.

Itinerary is subject to change based on weather condition and traffic issue.

Category: Nature & Wildlife
City/Region: Sandakan
Tour Code: AOSBKI-SWW-001
Pricing: Adults from MYR 1,610; Child from MYR 805

Duration: 3D2N
Package: 3D2N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDER – TURTLE / SEPILOK / SUKAU BILIT / CAVE / CITY
Tour Availability: Everyday
Min Pax: 2 pax (Single traveler may book for an additional 100% surcharge)

Sandakan Airport Pick Up: Your flight arrival time (Preferably first flight)
Sandakan Hotel Pick Up: 08:30 hrs.
Return Time: 13:00hrs/16:00hrs

Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Accommodation: 1 Night Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge, 1 Night Turtle Island Chalet

Includes: Meals as Stated, Entrance Fee, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Return Boat Transfer, English Speaking Guide, 2 Nights Accommodation, 01 River Cruises, Turtle Island National Park Conservancy Fee.
Excludes: Domestic Airfares (Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu), Camera and Video Fees, Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Any Items Not Mentioned.

Things to bring:
Insect repellent, raincoat, water bottle, sun hat, trekking shoes, leech socks, torchlight, camera, binoculars, toiletries, sun-block, personal medication.

Things You Should Know:
Please ensure you are holding air ticket to Sandakan.
Departure time varies from different hotels, please reconfirm with our staffs.
If you are arriving at Sandakan Airport on the day of your tour, our friendly guide will greet and pick you up from the airport with a placard bearing your good name.
Non-guarantee wildlife sightings.
Asian Overland Services reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.

Itinerary is subject to change based on weather condition and traffic issue.

5D4N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDERRATES PER ADULT
Tour CodeAOSBKI-SWW-003
Duration5D4N
Min. 2 PAXFrom MYR 2,500
Single SupplementFrom MYR 1,250
Single TravelerAdditional 100% Surcharge
4D3N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDERRATES PER ADULT
Tour CodeAOSBKI-SWW-002
Duration4D3N
Min. 2 PAXFrom MYR 2,070
Single SupplementFrom MYR 525
Single TravelerAdditional 100% Surcharge
3D2N SANDAKAN WILDLIFE WONDERRATES PER ADULT
Tour CodeAOSBKI-SWW-001
Duration3D2N
Min. 2 PAXFrom MYR 1,610
Single SupplementFrom MYR 350
Single TravelerAdditional 100% Surcharge

Note:
Infant Below 2 Years Old: FOC
Child 2 to 11 Years Old: 50% Of Adult Rates When Sharing Room With 2 Paying Adult (Without Bed)
Child 2 to 11 Years Old: 75% Of Adult Rates When Sharing Room With 1 Paying Adult (With Bed)
All rates are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR).
All rates are subject to 6% GST for accommodation & tours departing from 1st April 2015 onwards.
For big group discounts of 10 pax & above, please email to aosbki_resv@asianoverland.com.my directly.

Resort Options:
Upgrade to Deluxe Chalets – Honeymoon or VIP Premier
Additional of MYR 150 nett per pax per night.

Optional Add-On Tours: (SIC basis, min. of 2 persons)
Night Cruise @ MYR 120 nett per pax
Jungle Trek @ MYR 60 nett per pax
Night Walk @ MYR 80 nett per pax
(ADVANCE BOOKING IS REQUIRED)

Private River Cruise Service:
Additional of MYR 150 nett per boat per river cruise for private cruises

Evening Cruise:
Evening Cruise will start at 1600hrs, any early or late departure will be considered as PRIVATE CRUISE. Private River Cruise surcharge of MYR 150 nett will be imposed.

NOTE FROM SABAH PARKS:

  • Only cameras of unaided flash are allowed to photograph the turtles. This is because shining a light on them or using camera flashes can be stressful on the creatures.
  • Video/Digital Video Cameras are not allowed.
  • Visitors are forbidden from going around the island on their own from 6:00pm – 6:00am

About Turtle Island Marine Park:
Infomation provided by SabahParks The Turtle Island Park which lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea, comprises of thee small islands of which Selingan, is the main island of visit for tourists. It is a safe haven for the endangered Green and Hawksbill turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs almost every night. Hatcheries and conservation are done on all three islands. Hence,you can learn about the conservation activities of the local turtles, witness them coming ashore to lay their eggs, observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles back into the sea.

Sea Turtles are not the only attraction of the islands. The clear turquoise coloured sea and coral reefs are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. When the fruit trees are in season, the islands have another interesting visitor – the Island Flying Fox. The islands was gazetted as a marine park in 1977 and currently, staff are residing on all three islands to safeguard the park and to carry out the conservation works.

About Selingan Turtle Island
Selingan Island (Pulau Selingan in malay) is the second largest of the three islands with an area of 8 hectares and is also the first turtle hatchery in Malaysia. Many mother turtles return to this island to lay their eggs and you can be certain to witness them every night of the year. The number of visitors who can stay overnight on Selingan Island is restricted to 38 persons per night to protect the turtles. Selingan Turtle Island houses the park’s headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation with basic facilities and a visitor and interpretative centre.

Best Season to Visit
The driest months and the calmest seas are between March and July. The peak season for turtles laying eggs is July to October. The seas can get rough between October and February but nonetheless, visitors still continue to come from all over the world to Selingan Turtle Island to witness this magical moment of joy throughout the year.

Nesting Season
Both Green and Hawksbill Turtles come to shore throughout the year to lay their eggs. However, the peak season for the Greens turtles is between July to October while the peak season for the Hawksbill turtles is between February to April. Turtles lay eggs during the night time and a bright light on or near their nesting beach will deter them from coming ashore entirely.

Nesting Process
The female turtle drags herself up the beach to a site above the high water mark. Using her rear flippers, she excavates an egg chamber after which she proceeds to lay her eggs. Salt glands behind the eyes allow them to eliminate salt taken in while they are at sea.

The salty mucus gives the impression of tears as the turtle lays her eggs. The clutch size varies between 40 – 200 eggs but batches of 50 – 80 are most common. When all eggs have been laid, she covers them with sand and laboriously fills the body pit to conceal the site of the nest. All new turtles that come to shore at the Park are tagged by the rangers, the tag reading “ Return to Turtles Island Park, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.” Tagging and measuring turtles enable the Park to keep a data base to gain a clearer picture of the turtle’s growth, distribution and population. The exhausted turtle struggles back to the sea leaving behind the tracks in the sand. The egg laying process can take about 1-2 hours to complete.

Hatchery Practices
Hatcheries exist on all three islands. They protect the eggs from natural predators such as monitor lizards, birds and snakes. They also protect nests from being dug up by other nesting turtles and from soil erosion. Freshly laid eggs are excavated and transported promptly to the hatchery. The eggs are placed by hand into 75 cm deep pits, covered in sand and surrounded by plastic wire mesh. Each nest has an information plate displaying a nest serial number, date of collection and number of eggs transplanted.

Environmental factors determine the sex of the turtles. The temperature of the sand in which the eggs are incubated plays a critical role. The temperature is influenced by the depth of the nest, the characteristics of the sand, and the weather. Higher sand temperatures result in more females. A difference of only 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit can make the difference between a nest that is wholly female or one that is all male. To ensure certain nests are cooler than others, some areas of the hatcheries are shaded.

After 50-60 days the hatchlings will emerge, mainly at night, which they deduce by the cooler temperatures of the sand. The hatchlings are released at various points on the island immediately after they hatch. More than 2.6 million hatchlings were released between 1977 and 1988. The hatchlings are most vulnerable and only a few will survive to adulthood.

Hatchling Release Programme
The main attraction of the Turtle Islands Park is the turtle, watching turtle egg laying and hatchling release programme is the highlight of the visit; this, however, only occurs during the night. Thus, only overnight visitors to the islands have opportunity to experience the occasion. At the same time, visitors could learn and understood how the conservation process executed by parks employees.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Among the main recreation activities in Turtle Islands Park is scuba diving and snorkeling. Areas which this activities were allowed were divided into zones. Please refer to park manager/officer in-charge.

About Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge:
Situated on the river bank of Lower Kinabatangan River, approximately 2 hours’ drive from Sandakan Town, the lodge is built on stilts from local hardwood materials and are beautifully designed to blend into nature giving a unique local native ambience in the midst of the tropical rainforest. A boardwalk connects the jetty, restaurant and all the chalets. It offers comfort and peaceful relaxation as well as a base for exploration of the incredible diversity of plant, mammal and bird life at the Kinabatangan region.

Birdlife is especially rich here including eight species of hornbills, kingfishers, egrets, darters, owls, kites, eagles, broadbills, doves, storm storks, herons, hawks, ospreys, falcon, pheasants, parakeets, bee eaters, woodpeckers, pittas, bulbuls, forktails, babblers, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, among others.

A chance to get close with the wildlife of Borneo here including the endemic Borneon pygmy elephant, endemic proboscis monkeys, gibbons, macaques, orang utans, Sumatran rhinos, estuarine crocodiles, wild boars, sun bears and many others.

Bilit Rainforest Lodge Facilities:

  • 12 semi-detached and 12 detached chalets.
  • All rooms come with two queen size beds while 6 detached chalets come with a king sized bed.
  • All rooms equipped with air-conditioning, private attached bathroom with hot and cold shower facilities, towels and toiletries.
  • The restaurant comes with a bar by the riverside provides an ideal setting for dining and relaxation.
  • Internet facilities and WIFI facilities are available at the restaurant.
  • The lodge provides a family lounge, gift shop, an enclosed garden and river jetty.
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Services

Daily Activities:

  • Additional of MYR 150 nett per pax per night.
  • Guided jungle trekking
  • Jetty fishing
  • River cruises along the Kinabatangan River. River tours are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and four stoke outboard engines.
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