Sandakan Wildlife Safari

A 4D3N tour itinerary perfect for wildlife lovers where you’ll be able to experience best of both worlds.
MYR 3,807.00


A 4D3N tour itinerary perfect for wildlife lovers where you’ll be able to experience the rare hatching of the lay of turtles and releasing of baby turtles to the sea. Explore more wildlife when you reach Sukau Rainforest Lodge where you’ll be able to get a chance to spot for Borneo’s Big 5.

Featuring overnight stays at:

01 Night at Selingan Turtle Island
02 Nights at Sukau Rainforest Lodge


4 days 3 nights

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Tour Highlights

  • Observe the endangered orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Travel to SRL 2.5 hours by boat journey
  • 02 late afternoon cruises and 01 early morning river cruise in search of Borneo’s wildlife and birdlife
  • Nature walk along Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk to learn about the flora in the area and maybe even sight some wildlife and bird life
  • Explore the delights of Borneo’s tropical rainforests at Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Learn about the Prisoners of War during World War II at Sandakan Memorial Park

Optional Tours:

  • Night Cruise: Enjoy a night safari river cruise through Kinabatangan River to spot nocturnal wildlife.
  • Rasig Wildlife Trek: After breakfast in Sukau Rainforest Lodge, explore the elephant migration path on a 2-hour hike

Day 1: Sandakan – Selingan

Arrive at Sandakan Airport by morning flight, then transfer to the jetty for a 40 minutes speedboat by our modern twin engine all weathered speedboat to Selingan Island. After lunch, we take an orientation tour of the facilities including turtle hatchery, and other wildlife with our guide. The rest of the afternoon, swim and snorkel in crystal clear water. After dinner, watch a video presentation on turtle conservation on the island.

Depending on the tide level, green turtles will start coming up after dark to find the best spot to begin the long laborious process of digging a hole in the sand with their hind flippers. To minimize disturbance of the turtle, Park Rangers on the island will alert us before the turtles start laying. They will then measure and tag the turtle if it has not been tagged, collected the eggs and you will witness the transplanting of eggs to the hatchery and everyone has opportunity to release baby turtles to the sea.

Breakfast and Lunch

Selingan Island

Day 2: Selingan Island – Sepilok – Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Return to Sandakan and head straight to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. There, you'll get to learn about the rehabilitation effort done at the centre through a short video screening. Make your way to the feeding platform to witness the feeding of orangutans and other monkeys around. You can also spend time observing the cheeky little younglings in an enclosed nursery area.

After lunch, embark on a 2.5 hour boat journey to Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Right after checking-in, go on board for a late afternoon cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife and birds. Return to the lodge to savor a scrumptious dinner at Melapi restaurant, followed by a slide presentation and interpretation by a naturalist guide.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 3: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Rise and shine for the morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, join in the nature walk along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist. It will be free at leisure after lunch. In the afternoon, proceed for another river cruise to check off your wildlife sightings.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 4: Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Sandakan - Transfer out (by boat)

Have breakfast before leaving for Sandakan via boat. Once we reach Sandakan we’ll stop by for lunch.

For flights in the afternoon we’ll proceed to the airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu.

For those taking the evening flight, you'll have a chance to visit Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora before leaving for the airport.

Breakfast and Lunch


Rooms Rates Per Person Single Supplement
Deluxe MYR 3,807.00 MYR 860.00
Borneo Villa MYR 4,200.00 MYR 1,180.00

Price Remarks
  • Validity
    Rates are valid for travel by 31 March 2024. Not applicable during high season (July – August).
  • Availability
    This tour runs everyday. Prior booking required.
  • High Season Surcharge
    MYR 200.00 at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July – August)
  • Children Discount
    This is a kid friendly tour, discount is applicable to children based on their birth year and following room sharing policy in certain property. Contact our consultant to know more.
  • Single supplement
    Premium charge in order for a solo traveler to have a room all to his or herself.
  • Transfer Inclusion
    This tour package rates include pick-up and drop-off from Sandakan Airport or city hotel in Sandakan.
    Additional charge per person applies for pick-up and drop-off outside this area and pick up time may vary.


Tours and transfers
This tour package rates include pick-up and drop-off from Sandakan Airport or hotels in Sandakan Town.
English speaking guide
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • Selingan Island (1 night)
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge (2 nights)


Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) - Sandakan(SDK) - Kota Kinabalu(BKI))
Camera fee and items not mentioned
Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.

Things to Bring

  • Sunblock lotion
  • Personal toiletries
  • Torchlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Walking shoes
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Raincoat

Additional Notes

  • Travel light to Selingan
    Please make sure that you travel light to Selingan Island.
  • Selingan photography
    Note on Camera Use at Selingan Island: For any camera (phone, digital or still camera) for personal use are chargeable at RM10.00 PER UNIT for conservation permit purposes. Please note that FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO TAKING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
  • Snorkeling at Selingan
    Snorkeling gear is available for hire at a surcharge.
  • Selingan weather condition
    Note: (November-February) Please be advised that our trip to Selingan Island involves boat journey via the Sulu Sea. In the event of inclement weather condition during or before the boat journey, the company will have the absolute discretion to cancel or postpone the trip if it is deemed that the journey will jeopardize the safety of our passengers. In the event of cancellation, a replacement tour will be offered. The company will not be liable for any compensation.
  • Camera Fee at SOURC
    Note on Camera Use at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre: For any camera with zoom lens from 100 to 400mm, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use are chargeable at RM10.00 per unit. For any camera (fixed-lens - 400mm and above ) or any film-making equipment are chargeable at RM1,000.00 per unit. Mode of payment is cash only.
  • Travel light to Sukau Rainforest Lodge
    For the comfort and convenience of our guests, it is recommended to travel light by preparing an overnight bag for your stay in Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Complimentary storage in Sandakan will be provided for any extra luggage. (For guests departing & returning to Sandakan Only).
  • Night Cruise
    Optional River Night Cruise tour at Sukau Rainforest Lodge is highly recommended to all our guests (available with a small fee)
  • Bring Your Own Bottle
    Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a single-use plastic free environment! So, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us. Our vans and coaches are prepared with water containers so that you can refill your bottle anytime throughout the tour.
  • Double or Twin Bed
    Double or twin bed cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check in.

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