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4 Days / 3 Nights
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Tour Details

Discover Borneo’s wildlife on this amazing tour that combines the wildlife safari on the Kinabatangan River and Selingan Turtle Island.

On this adventurous trip, you will first travel to Selingan Island to witness the marine turtle landing and laying eggs on the beach of the island.

After Selingan Island you will explore the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary by boat in search of endemic and rare species of fauna.


  • Witness marine turtle laying eggs at night. Selingan Island in Sabah, Borneo is a safe haven for endangered green and hawksbill turtle.
  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Be amazed by thousands of fireflies at night glittering like Christmas lights in their natural environment.
  • Experience a wonderful Safari River Cruise on the Kinabatangan River. The lower basin is the largest forest covered floodplain in Borneo and has the largest concentration of wildlife in Southeast Asia.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Sandakan airport - Turtle Island
Day 2
Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River
Day 3
Kinabatangan River
Day 4
Depart Sandakan

What's Included

  • Lodge accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals full board
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tourism Tax (RM 10 per room/night)
  • Video and camera fees

Is this your ideal tour?

This tour is ideal for those who are passionate about wildlife. Kinabatangan River offers some of Sabah’s best opportunities for seeing wildlife.
This tour does not require a high degree of physical fitness, as much of the wildlife viewing in Kinabatangan is done from small motorized boats. The Kinabatangan River is not the ideal place for hiking as the area consists largely of mangrove swamps and floodplains.
Selingan Turtle Island is the best place in Malaysia to see one of the world’s most intriguing natural marvels; every night sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the sea turtles.


Day 1 Arrive in Sandakan - Turtle Island

Upon arrival in Sandakan you will be met at the airport and transferred to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Selingan Turtle Island. Selingan has been designated a national park to protect the newly laid eggs and vulnerable hatchlings from predators. The journey to the island will take approximately one hour.

On arrival check into at the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can relax on the beach or explore the tropical island’s surrounding.

After dinner, standby at the Cafeteria. Wait for Park Ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to witness a marine turtle laying the eggs on the beach and the release of the baby turtle into the sea (turtle sightings can never be guaranteed).

Overnight at the lodge Turtle island


Day 2Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River

Early morning heads back to the mainland and proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter.
Walk 10 minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest.
Continue to the outdoor nursery where the juvenile and baby orangutans are taught the skills they need to survive in the forest.
Proceed to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre where the world’s smallest bears are kept and rehabilitated.

After Sepilok venture on a 2-day wildlife safari on the Kinabatangan River. First, you will be taken to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Abai Jungle Lodge. Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise, journeying up the river. Upon arrival check into your lodge on the riverbank and then enjoy lunch.

Late afternoon head out on a safari cruise on the Kinabatangan River. At dusk, you may have the chance to see proboscis monkey and other wildlife than the area is famed for.
Before dinner you will experience a night cruise to witness the glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge


Day 3Kinabatangan River

Wake up early and embark on a river cruise to the Pitas Lake in search of wildlife species that are significantly active during pre-dawn or early morning hours.
The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the rainforest on a boardwalk located behind the lodge or visit the village of the native “orang sungai” people and take part in a tree planting project.
After lunch head further up the river to Sukau. Switching lodges gives you a great chance to see more wildlife.
Upon arrival at the lodge head out on another safari cruise on the Menanggul River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge


Day 4Depart Sandakan

After breakfast, head back to Sandakan by boat with the opportunity to spot more proboscis monkeys, birds, and crocodiles.
Upon arrival in Sandakan, proceed to your hotel or airport