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Full-Day Sepilok Orangutan and Sandakan City Trail from Kota Kinabalu
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Full-Day Sepilok Orangutan and Sandakan City Trail from Kota Kinabalu

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Designed to delight nature lovers, this day tour allows you to observe orangutans in their natural habitat at the Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Under the guidance of sanctuary staff, observe orphaned orangutans and long-tailed macaques being fed and follow a nature trail through the tropical rain forest. Eat a typical Malay lunch at a nearby restaurant and then embark on a city tour of Sandakan, one of Sabah’s earliest settlements home to haunting cemeteries, Chinese temples, and colonial mansions. Hotel or airport pickup and drop-off are included.   
US$115.39 per adult
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Lor6969 wrote a review Mar 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom211 contributions20 helpful votes
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We had a great experience. Pia who took care of us was really friendly and helpful. The whole experience is a bit expensive but was worth it. Seeing the turtle laying the eggs and releasing the little turtle into the sea was truly amazing.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Wannes v wrote a review Mar 2020
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We just come back from the island and I have to say never had a place made me happy one hour and so sad straight afterwards. The experience was amazing but some stuff they said en did were quite doubtfull! They say they have a 90 to 100% succes rate concerning the hatchlings, but every nest is at least 90 to 120 eggs. The basket they dropped on the beach at night so we could take pictures was filled with not more then 40 hatchlings. This is in my calculation way less then 90 % in any way. And soon after we learned the hard way why so. At 10:30 PM we saw another nest coming out in the hatchery and then 5 more over the next 20' ! Very nice to see and the rangers told us to go to sleep so they could release them. Obviously we understood but the next morning the same nest was still there, exhausted hatchlings scrambling in the sun for t least more then 7 hours. Again we told the rangers but at 7 AM the baby turtles were still there along with the 5 other nests. I don't know a lot about them, but this felt so wrong! I do hope they take more care for their turtles in the future, because if this is their way of working with them they should leave nature to her thing. This proves they don't check the hatchery every 2h and 90% succes seems very overrated if you have seen the exhausted hatchlings and the time they had to stay in there. We needed to leave at 7 a.m. so no idea what they did with the turtles or how long those hatchlings needed to bake in the sun for the next tourists.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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JenDragon wrote a review Feb 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom43 contributions15 helpful votes
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It starting raining with choppy seas even before we left the hotel. Much like years ago in the uk when taking the kids to themes parks we were well covered from head to toe in black bin liners! The crossing- to say it was a bit hairy is an understatement. The guy driving the boat had clearly done this many times before but as an experienced sailor, part of the trip with the wind & waves coming crossways in in this type of vessel made me very nervous plus increased the amount of time bouncing about getting to the island! Anyone not lucky enough to be wearing very fashionable bin bags were completely soaked through by the time we arrived. It was tropical rain storms the whole time we were there but stopped briefly more or less for when we saw a turtle lay her eggs, watching the reburying of eggs in a safe area & releasing some hatchlings. The accommodation was basic but clean, good air con & perfectly acceptable for the setting. The food was delicious & the little shop sold all sorts of odds & ends at a good price. You could even get a can of tiger for 11RM! Amazing. We hardly got a wink of sleep because of the rain on the corrugated roof but you have to take the weather as it comes, you can’t prebook it. We have had many adventures in Asia over the years & even with the weather & sea conditions this is one that we would not have missed for anything. What amazing creatures, long may they survive. Keep up the conservation.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jan@chimptrips wrote a review Feb 2020
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We booked our trip directly with Crystal Quest. The boat leaves for turtle island in the morning and you get to spend your day at leisure on the island. We went snorkelling i the sea. In the evening the mother turtle came and we had a close up view of her laying her eggs (73 in total). We later saw the eggs being buried in the hatchery and then saw new borns being released to the sea. The whole experience as amazing. It was very well organised and the rangers are very respectful of the turtles. It is a conservation island. Accommodation was basic and the food was good.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Cereal wrote a review Feb 2020
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia74 contributions2 helpful votes
The white sandy beach together with the sound of the winds and pounding waves are just too relaxing for one to stroll along the beach for an early evening walk before getting a dinner.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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