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Highlights of Sandakan – 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Selingan Turtle Island

Meet at Hotel Lobby or Sandakan Airport (MH2042 OR AK6092). Transfer to jetty for Schedule boat ride to Selingan Turtle Islands Park.  The journey to Island will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour.  Upon arrival, register at Turtle Island Parks HQ and check in  chalet.  After lunch at cafeteria, free at own leisure e.g swimming or snorkeling.  After dinner, wait for rangers call to observe turtle laying eggs.  Transfer the eggs to the hatchery and if there are young turtle hatchlings, an opportunity to observe the release of  baby turtles to the open sea.  Overnight at Chalet. LD  

Day 2: Sandakan-Sepilok-Abai Jungle

Depart by boat to Sandakan, after breakfast, drive for approximately 40 minutes to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center.  Proceed to the free roaming area feeding platform.  Feeding of Orang Utans. At this center, observe man’s closest relative “the Orang Utan” being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo.  Depart Sepilok and transfer to jetty in Sandakan to take an hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary where you will take your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant . This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. After Lunch, free and relax at our nature board walk before cruising for searching other wildlife until the sunsets while enjoying a cup of coffee and by night falls continue to night cruise to witness the nature of fire flies as Christmas tree, again to experience the “Jungle at night” look for birds, snake and many others with our nature guide, Overnight at Abai Jungle Lodge. BLD 

Day 3: Kinabatanga Lodge                                                                                                

Wake up by the calls of  nature. Early morning take a river trip to Pitas oxbow lake to observe wildlife and experience the unique of Pitas oxbow lake. After breakfast, You are invited to join our tree planting project with the locals, enjoy a simple  lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village. This project specially design to help the locals. After lunch, cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the Wild Orang Utan, Pygmy Elephants, birds and other wildlife. Arrive Sukau, check in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Late afternoon, take another river cruise with electric motor to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. Return lodge for dinner and overnight at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. BLD

Day 4: Oxbow Lake-Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge                                        

Wake up by the calls of nature. Take a river trip to the Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river ambience of the longest river of Sabah.  Return lodge free at own leisure, late afternoon, another river cruise with electric motor to search for more wildlife.  Dinner and overnight at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. BLD 

Day 5: Gomantong Cave-Wet Market-Sandakan                                             

Wake up by the sounds of nature.  After Breakfast, depart overland to Gomantong Birdnest Caves. Upon arrival explore the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of Bats and Swiflets.  The nest of the swiflets are collected for the famous Chinese edible bird nest soup, continue journey by land to Sandakan. Visit to the biggest and the busiest Central Market located at the heart of Sandakan with nice sea views, not forgetting to drop by the Souvenir shop in front of market before having your lunch at local restaurant. After lunch proceed to airport for your flight MH 2047 (ETD1350hrs) or your hotel. BL

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