1 Day 1 Night Turtle Islands
The Turtle Islands park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings on Pulau SelinganTurtle Islands
1 Day 1 Night at Selingan
Day 1Transfer to jetty for boat ride to Selingan Turtle Islands Park . The journey to Island will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Upon arrival, register at Turtle Island Parks HQ and check into 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.
Day 2After breakfast, transfer by boat to Sandakan and thereafter catch a flight back to Kota Kinabalu City.
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Turtle Islands Marine Park
The Turtle Island Park lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and consists of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. The park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings. Selingan, the largest of the islands, houses the park's headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. The other two islands are more for conservation activities.
As turtle landings usually occur after dusk, an overnight stay would be the best plan to see the turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs, but shining a light on them or using camera flashes should be avoided as either can be stressful on the creatures.
Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to head there is between July and October when the sea is calmer. Observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles into the sea.
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