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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, snorkelling 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 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.
Meals as Stated, All Entrance Fees, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Return Boat Transfer, English Speaking Guide, 01 Night Accommodation, Turtle Island Conservancy Fee
Domestic Airfares (BKI>SDK>BKI), Camera and Video Fees, Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Personal Travel Insurance, Any Items Not Mentioned
Arrival at Sandakan Airport (recommended flight before 0930hrs) Transfer to jetty for boat ride to Selingan Turtle Island Park at 1030hrs (45minutes) Register at Sparks HQ and check-in to Chalet. Free & Easy at 1200hrs After dinner, wait for the ranger call for turtle sighting (laying eggs process, collecting eggs, tagging of the mother turtle and get the chance to see the baby turtles release to the open sea) Overnight Chalet
Breakfast at 0600hrs & depart to Sandakan at 0700hrs Proceed to SDK Airport / SDK City Hotel