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OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: TURTLE ISLAND, PROBOSCIS MONKEYS AND ORANG-UTANS

MALAYSIA

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On this brilliant excursion you'll have the fantastic opportunity to view three spectacular species native to Borneo - the Turtle, the Proboscis Monkey and the Orang-Utan. You'll visit Selingan Turlte Islands Park, Labuk Bay Probsoscis Monkey Sancutary and Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center.

Selingan Turtle Islands Park lies 40 kilometres north of Sandakan and comprises of three small islands. It's one of the best destinations in Malaysia for its unique marine wildlife and also is also the only breeding ground for Green turtles in South East Asia. Most evenings scores of turtles crawl onto the soft sand that fringes the islands to lay their eggs.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is located at the center of the mangrove forests of Semawang. Here you'll get the chance to see Borneo's indigenous proboscis monkeys up close and personal!

Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center is the world's oldest, biggest and most established orang-utan rehabilitation center in the world. It covers more than 4,500 hectares of unspoilt jungle that has been designated as a forest reserve and sanctuary for the beautiful Orang-Utan.

LEVEL: Moderate. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Sandakan (but flights can be arranged cheaply from Kota Kinabalu - the journey takes approximately 45 minutes by air)
DURATION: 2 days/ 1 night
DESCRIPTION: Spectacular wildlife and scenery. 
PRICE: Full Price List
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PLEASE NOTE: Bookings for ‘Turtle Island, Proboscis Monkeys and Orang-utans’ MUST be made no later than 3 months before your project starts.

ITINERARY

Day 1
You'll be transferred to the Sabah Parks jetty for a boat transfer at 9.30am to the Selingan Turtle Islands Park. The journey takes between 45 minutes and an hour. On arrival you'll register at Turtle Island Parks HQ and check into your accommodation. After lunch you'll have free time to enjoy the beach and fantastic snorkelling in this marine paradise. After dinner, the rangers will patrol the beach for turtles coming ashore to lay eggs - a nightly occurrence on turtle island! When the time is right, you'll go with the rangers to observe an adult female laying its eggs. This is a spectacular sight, as the females are typically 1 - 2 metres in length and go into a trance like state to lay their eggs. You will watch carefully and quietly, so as not to distract the laying turtle. When the eggs have been laid the rangers will transfer them to the safety of the hatchery, away from predators. This gives the eggs the highest chance of success. At the hatchery, eggs are buried nightly and as such, hatchlings occur most nights too. You will help with the release of the baby turtles into the sea, giving each one a head start into the ocean! Who knows, maybe your turtle will be back to lay eggs on the beach one day... by the power of nature, all turtles find their way back to the beach they were hatched on to lay their own eggs.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2
After an early breakfast, you'll depart for the mainland.
You'll then travel for about an hour to reach the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. When you arrive you'll go straight to the observation area - you'll be able to get a close up encounter of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

You'll depart around 12.30pm for the world famous Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Center, where you'll have lunch on arrival. You'll then proceed to the feeding platform for the 3pm feeding of the primates. The aim of the center is to release Orang-Utan's back into the wild and the feeding is a truly moving sight - you'll stand on a viewing platform in the middle of the jungle, to watch these beautiful primates receive food in their natural habitat. You'll then get the chance to watch a short, informative video show about the primates and the Rehabilitation center before departing for Sandakan. If you'd like to fly back to Kota Kinabalu you'll be transferred to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

The price includes all land and boat transfers, accommodation and meals (stated in the itinerary), all entrance fees and permits and an English speaking guide.

Please note that the prices do not include the fee payable at Labuk Bay Sanctuary and Sepilok Orang-Utan Center for taking photos. We cannot guarantee the sightings of turtles, due to unpredictable wildlife behaviour and weather conditions. However, it is well known as a nightly occurrence on Turtle Island so we hope that you will not be disappointed.

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