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Orang-Utan Conservation and Rehabilitation in Malaysia
Orang-Utan Conservation and Rehabilitation in Malaysia
Orang-Utan Conservation and Rehabilitation in Malaysia
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MALAYSIA
CARE AND CONSERVATION OF ORANG UTANS AT SEPILOK ORANG-UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN BORNEO
Travellers offers the only opportunity in the world to work at this remarkable, world-renowned Orang Utan Rehabilitation and Conservation Center at Sepilok, which conducts genuine, highly successful, conservation of Orang Utans.

During your placement you’ll learn about managing juvenile Orang-Utans by working at the Outdoor Nursery, learn about managing baby Orang-Utans by working at the Indoor Nursery. The Orang-Utan is found only in Borneo and Sumatra and their survival is constantly threatened by forest fires, tree felling, poaching and illegal hunting. Work hands-on to help their survival.

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SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: From £2,995 for 8 weeks, excluding flights.
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Duration: 8 weeks, fixed length. Shorter/longer placements are not possible.
Start Dates: Every two months, please see Project Start Dates under “Work Content”. This is a very popular project, so we advise you book very early.
Requirements: No qualifications needed, just lots of enthusiasm.
You should be physically fit and able to trek up to 5 kilometres on uneven terrain in humid conditions.
Minimum age 17.
What’s included: ►Arranging your Programme
►Full pre-departure support and assistance
►Payment Protection insurance
►Accommodation amd Food
►Meeting you at the nearest Airport
►Return transfer to the airport at the end of your programme
►Transfer to the placement site
►Sandakan Tour (subject to change)
►Wildlife viewing in a jungle camp
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support
►2 free T-Shirts
►Adoption of an Orang Utan
►Certificate of Completion
What’s not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas.
Suitable if you want to learn about nurturing, rehabilitation and conservation of orang-utans, plus animal care with orang-utans, voluntary work with primates, projects abroad or study abroad.
May also be suitable for university credit or requirement
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the fascinating Malaysian culture.
The enormous satisfaction of helping to improve the quality of life of orang-utans by working hands-on with them, and knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all … an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Life is wonderful and job satisfaction immense!! My first 9 day rotation is in the outdoor nursery, looking after the 3-7yr olds, equivalent to truculent teenagers – full of hormones, who really don’t want to do as they are told. These teenagers are being prepared for release, and so it’s rather ‘tough love’, we are discouraged from contact and are actively encouraging independence. It was dry enough to take them to the jungle gym today. It was incredible to see them climbing to great heights with not a backward glance or trace of fear. It’s all the more amazing as these youngsters have been orphaned at ages of no more than a few months and have not benefited from their mothers tuition.

It’s amazing how quickly you become accustomed to being surrounded by orang-utans! It is so magical, they are amazing creatures, so intelligent and such different characters. It quite takes my breath away when these little ‘people’ put their hand in yours and just study you intently. Debbie Mayne on her placement at Sepilok

Specific duties may vary depending on what is required at the time, so a degree of flexibility is required. During your placement it is likely that you will:

Learn about managing juvenile Orang-Utans by working at the Outdoor Nursery.
Learn about managing baby Orang-Utans by working at the Indoor Nursery.
Conduct a Field Survey on the Orang-Utan population and small mammals witin Sepilok reserve.
Please note that in order to ensure the health and safety of our orang utans, you won’t start working with them until one week after your arrival. This is to ensure that any human ailments, such as colds, that you may be harbouring can be monitored closely and to ensure you are fully fit before your introduction to the Orang-utans.

Work will be done on a rotational basis, with different groups of volunteers working within each of the different departments outlined above. The tasks that you are asked to do, no matter how small, will help to improve the day-to-day life for these Orang-Utans – you will gain great satisfaction knowing that you have contributed to this. This is a serious placement where you are doing meaningful conservation work. You will be required to work very hard and should have a high level of fitness in order to take part.

At times you will be supervised by staff at the centre, at other times you will be required to work independently.

Indoor Nursery:
This area looks after the infants, from just a few months to around four years old. The babies stay in the sleeping area. Possible duties include:

Transfer of the Infant Orang-Utan from the sleeping cages to the playing cages.
Cleaning the sleeping area
Preparation of food for the infants (peeling bananas, making formula milk)
Feeding the babies bottled formula drink
Distributing bananas to the infant Orang-Utans
Caring for the sick infants
Transferring Orang-Utans back to the sleeping cages
Cleaning the Indoor nursery area
Outdoor Nursery:
This area is home to the juveniles, generally aged between five and eight years old. During the evening the Orang-Utans spend the night in the cages, but during the daytime they are left outdoors to fend for themselves. These Orang-Utans are fed twice daily, at five different platforms. Platform one is for new graduates, whilst platforms 2-5 are for the seniors of the class! The feeding platform varies daily, at the Rangers discretion, to teach the Orang-Utan to search for their own food. This ensures the Orang-Utan do not become reliant on food being at a particular platform each day. Possible duties include:

Preparation of milk
Assisting the rangers by carrying the milk and bananas to the platform
Cleaning out the cages
Observation of the juvenile Orang-Utans.
Field Survey within Sepilok Reserve:
With the assistance of a ranger, you will be required to undertake an observation of the Orang-Utan population within the 4500 Hectare reserve. You will receive a lecture on the methodology of observation and data recording prior to the commencement of the task. You will be required to count and record the number of individual Orang-Utan sightings as well as the number of nests throughout the Sepilok forest area.

Similar duties will also be carried out for individual platforms, where you will be required to note the number of Orang-Utans, sex ratios and where possible, identify individual Orang-Utan from their ID number or name.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS:
In order to apply for a place on this project you should be able to meet the following criteria:

You should be physically fit and able to trek up to 5 kilometres on uneven terrain. You’ll be working as part of a team that will be conducting physical work in hot and humid conditions, so every member of the team needs to be equally fit.
Be able to cope in a tropical environment where there are large insects, snakes, bugs and leeches. If you are squeamish about insects then this is NOT the placement for you.
Have a genuine interest in Wildlife and the rehabilitation process and respect that Orang-Utans are an endangered species whose eventual release into the wild is the ultimate goal of the programme.
Have the right attitude regarding wildlife conservation and foreign culture.
ADDITIONAL NOTES ABOUT THE SEPILOK ORANG UTAN PROJECT:
There are a maximum of twelve places per two month expedition.
All volunteers must arrive in time for the Induction with Travellers Organiser (dates will be specified by Travellers). Unfortunately late arrivals cannot be accepted onto the project.
Please be aware that you will not be allowed to take any photos of yourself with the Orang-utans behind the scenes at Sepilok. All cameras are banned behind the scenes – the photos on this page are merely to show the type of activities that you’ll be doing.

PROJECT START DATES:
Please note that the project dates below are start dates and not availability dates, so please contact us regarding current availability. Spaces go quickly, so please enquire early!
2015 Project Dates:
7th September -1st November 2015
2nd November – 27th December 2015
2016 Project Dates:
4th January – 28th February 2016
7th March – 1st May 2016
2nd May – 26th June 2016
4th July – 28th August 2016
5th September – 30th October 2016
7th November 2016 – 1st January 2017
Project Dates:
2nd January – 26th February 2017
6th March – 30th April 2017
1st May – 25th June 2017
3rd July – 27th August 2017
4th September – 29th October 2017
6th November – 31st December 2017

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ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation at Sepilok will be in the nearby Sepilok Rest House. This is a privately run Bed and Breakfast which comprises basic but clean facilities. The Sepilok Rest House is located at the entrance to the Orang-Utan centre and just a few minutes walk from here takes you to the edge of the tropical virgin rainforest and a wide expanse of lush jungle.

Volunteers share rooms (usually two or three to a room) and food will be provided at the Rest House.

The owner and his staff are very friendly and will ensure that you are made to feel at home!

FOOD:
Food is provided on this project.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Got any questions? Please email us: [email protected]

ABOUT SEPILOK ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE:
Orang-Utans (in Malay “man of the forest”) are protected under the Fauna Conservation Ordinance which, among other things, prohibits hunting, trading or keeping them as pets.

The Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre is situated on the east coast of Sabah, 23 km from Sandakan. A twenty-minute drive from Sandakan brings you to Kabili-Sepilok Forest, an enormous area of virgin rainforest. The Wildlife Reserve contains the Orang-Utan rehabilitation centre.

Sepilok centre was established in 1964 to return orphaned apes back to the wild. The objectives of the project have expanded in recent years and, while Orang-Utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, present aims include public education on conservation and research with other endangered species. The centre now has more than 37 staff looking after the welfare of the Orang-Utans.

When the rescued Orang-Utans first arrive at the centre, they are often in a sorry state and riddled with diseases. They are put into cages while they’re treated for their ailments and nursed back to health. The wardens then teach them how to forage for fruit, climb trees and generally fend for themselves. When they are mid-way through the rehabilitation process they are released into the surrounding forest reserve. The animals then spend most of their time in the forest but often return to one of the centre’s five feeding platforms for a “free” meal. When the wardens feel that that an Orang-Utan is fully rehabilitated, it is caught and returned to the wild – usually deep in the forest or to one of the National Parks or Wildlife Sanctuaries.

The Mangrove Forest Trail – This is the most famous trail in the Sepilok Centre and takes about 2-3 hours walking one way. Interesting features include a scenic stream, water-holes, transitional forest, pristine lowland rain forest, boardwalks into the mangrove forest and wildlife tracks.

YOUR ADOPTED ORANG UTAN:
We adopt an Orang Utan for each volunteer through the Orangutan Appeal, a charity dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of these wonderful animals.

Please note that this project is extremely popular, so very early booking is strongly advised.

THE TRAVELLERS / SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT PARTNERSHIP:
Travellers have worked closely with the Sabah Wildlife Department for many, many years. In the past, several volunteers from the Travellers Orang-Utan project have been invited by the Sabah Wildlife Department to help with various projects to set up the Wildlife Park. One assisted in the design of the sun bear enclosure and another designed and produced the Wildlife Parks information pamphlet.

Travellers also donated £5,140.00 from the Bridge The Gap Foundation (The Phil Perkes Trust) to sponsor the Children’s Zoo. The Children’s Zoo is first and foremost an educational facility with an information centre currently under construction that will boast live exhibits. Brightly painted murals engage attention and the petting zoo allows children to have hands on contact with domestic animals and wildlife to encourage learning about conservation. In the petting area there are Rabbits, Tortoise, Miniature Ponies and Goats. Travellers’ donation reflects their commitment in education and raising awareness about conservation.

2010 saw the start of a Conservation Awareness Programme at Lok Kawi, funded by Travellers and involving over 1000 local school children in its’ first year. The purpose of the awareness programme is to teach the importance of nature and wildlife conservation to younger generations through exposure to Borneo’s native wildlife. This and many other initiatives have been very successful.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we’ll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You’ll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you’ll have access to all the documentation and information which we’ve put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you’re on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you’ll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you’ll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you’re used to … which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive, you will be welcomed by Ronn. She is the Volunteer Co-ordinator, assisting Albert, our Malaysia Manager. Ronn will take you to your accommodation at Sepilok. She’ll show you the nearby facilities such as banks, pharmacy, food and beverage outlets etc.

The next day, you will be given an induction briefing. This covers details about your role and responsibilities as a conservation volunteer, so that you can make the most of this project. During the first week, you will also receive an induction from Sabah Wildlife Department, who run the Sepilok Orang-Utan centre. This induction will include a briefing on the project in detail, ready for you to start work with the Orang-Utans at the beginning of week 2.

Our projects in Malaysia (particularly the Orang-Utan Centre) are very popular and you are sure to have a wonderful time during your stay in Sabah. Your adventure has begun 🙂

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we’ve put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment … but mostly for your enjoyment! 🙂

Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo
CLIMB MOUNT KINABALU:
Kinabalu Park is Borneo’s botanical paradise and home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 metres), the highest peak in South East Asia. On this three-day excursion you’ll trek for about 5-6 hours for 2 days and will experience sunrise from the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

LEVEL: Moderate Trekking. No experience needed but see medical notes below
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu
DURATION: 3 days and 2 nights
PRICE: £330

This excursion must be booked and paid for at least 3 months in advance in order to secure the necessary permits. A super peak season surcharge (approx 150RM (£30 or US$45) per night) is also sometimes applied to bookings between June and September. You’ll need to pay this locally.

Day 1: You’ll be picked up from Kota Kinabalu and make a scenic drive to Kinabalu Park, arriving late afternoon. You’ll meet up with our representative and then proceed to Sabah Park’s HQ, at 1,563 meters, where you’ll register for the climb, check into your hostel and have some free time to explore the park at your leisure Then dinner and return to the hostel for a much-needed early night!

Day 2: The hard work starts today! After a wake- up call at 7am, you’ll ‘gear-up’ and have breakfast. You’ll meet with your assigned Mountain Guide and proceed to Timpohon Gate for the start of the climb. You’ll have a packed lunch and plenty of rest stops! You’ll climb for 5-6 hours before reaching Laban Rata. You’ll have the afternoon free to relax and recuperate. Dinner will be at the Rest House restaurant and you’ll stay in the mountain hut (which has dormitory bunk beds).

Day 3: Very very early wake up call – at 1am! It will be worth it though. You’ll trek for 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu to witness the glorious sunrise. You’ll then trek down to Laban Rata for breakfast, after which you’ll trek down to the Timpohon Gate, then transferred back to the Kinabalu Park HQ to pick up your Certificate of Achievement!

MEDICAL NOTES: A high level of fitness is required and we strongly advise that you have a medical check before attempting the climb. If you suffer from any of the following, you are advised not to do this climb: hypertension, diabetes, palpitations, arthritis, heart disease, severe anaemia, peptic ulcers, epilepsy, obesity (overweight), chronic asthma, muscular cramps, hepatitis (jaundice) or any other condition/disease which may impact on your ability to complete the climb comfortably. If in any doubt, please consult your doctor. If you are an inexperienced climber you should seek further advice before participating.

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Padas River Rafting
1-DAY PADAS RIVER RAFTING (Grade 3-4):
Spectacular scenery and thrilling rafting experience.

LEVEL: Moderate. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Padas River, near Tenom, Sabah
DURATION: Full Day
PRICE: £75 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

The Padas River is situated in the interior of the south-western part of Kota Kinabalu. You’ll journey by bus for approximately 3½ hours through the countryside to Tenom Town, where you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. The rafting start point is only accessible by train, so included in the price is a unique journey in an antique train on the North Borneo Railway. You’ll journey through the heart of Borneo to the start of your rafting adventure – a brilliant chance to see the spectacular, untouched scenery of this beautiful country and glimpse the Murut tribes who live there. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a full safety briefing before starting your 9km rafting adventure.

The river holds eight thrilling rapids to negotiate – you’ll work as a team and will have an experienced guide with you. The journey will undoubtedly be an awesome adrenalin rush, as you experience the ultimate white water class III and IV rapids. The route takes about 1.5 hours to complete. You’ll then have the chance to change out of your wet clothes and enjoy some light refreshment at the station, ready for your return train journey to Tenom Town and bus trip back to Kota Kinabalu.

This excursion includes transfers to and from your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, full safety briefing and equipment. Please note, this is a full day’s excursion and you won’t return to your hotel until at least 7.30pm.

Excluded: Drinks/extra meals and anything not included above.

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Scuba Diving at Tunku Rahman Park in Borneo
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING AT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK:
A chance to scuba dive and observe the beautiful coral life.

LEVEL: Beginner. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Padas River, near Tenom, Sabah
DURATION: 5 hours
PRICE: £85 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

ITINERARY: The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a stunning marine park, that comprises of a cluster of islands including Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. All of the islands have gorgeous white sandy beaches, shallow waters and fantastic coral gardens – and they are all only a 10 – 20 minute boat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu!

This trip offers a perfect package for those who have never dived before but are eager to experience beautiful coral reefs and colourful marine life. You’ll be given a step-by-step guide to scuba diving, from learning how to suit up, to how to use your diving equipment properly.

The package includes 1 beach dive and 1 boat dive, however it does not include the Park Dive Permit which is RM50 (approximately £10 at time of writing.)

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Cultural Village Tour in Malaysia
1-DAY TIP OF BORNEO & BAVANGGAZO CULTURAL VILLAGE TOUR:
An opportunity to experience the fantastic culture of rural Malaysia.

LEVEL: Gentle
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu, 3 hours journey to northern Sabah.
DURATION: Full day
PRICE: £95 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

ITINERARY: You’ll journey through scenic countryside to the north of Kudat. You’ll pass some spectacular scenery including paddy fields, traditional villages, plantations and local stalls selling handicraft and food items. On arrival at Bavanggazo village (where the Rungus community live) you’ll have a traditional lunch, before visiting the community and their cottage industries – Seeing the Rungus Tribe still living in their longhouses is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience! The community is very enterprising – the main economic activities include producing honey and making gongs.

Before returning to Kota Kinabalu, you’ll visit Simpang Mengayau, the northern most tip of Borneo, where the Sulu and South China Seas meet. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the outlying islands of the Philippines from this point! Spectacular!

If you take this tour on a Sunday, you’ll get the chance to visit the Tamu Besar (a bustling open air market in Kota Belud)

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Beginners PADI Open Water Diving Course
BEGINNERS PADI OPEN WATER DIVING COURSE:
Take a Beginners PADI Open Water Course in the stunning Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, which comprises the islands of Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. Gorgeous white sandy beaches, shallow waters and fantastic coral gardens!

LEVEL: Beginner. No experience needed
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu. 10-20 minutes by boat to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
DURATION: 3 days (Please note that accommodation is not included)
PRICES:
£300, based on a minimum of 2 adults, or
£355 if only 1 person on the course.

On Day one you’ll be in the classroom – you’ll meet in the hotel lobby and will complete academic scuba diving modules One to Four. This will then be followed by a short quiz. After lunch you’ll take Module Five and a final exam, ready to start diving on Day Two!

Day 2: You’ll have the chance to dive today. You’ll meet in the hotel be transferred to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park by boat. When you arrive, you’ll start your practical class and complete two different courses; Confined Water (Modules 1-3) and Open Water Dive (Module 1.) You’ll have a chance to relax in your lunch break (a packed lunch is provided). In the afternoon you’ll be taken back to the jetty and transferred back to your hotel.

Day 3: You’ll be met at your hotel again, before transferring to the marine park. You’ll complete the practical classes today so that you can receive your PADI qualification. You’ll complete the Open Water Dive (Module 3) before lunch, and the Open Water Dive (Module 4) after lunch. In the afternoon you’ll return to the jetty and will head for the classroom to finish the PADI certification!

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Advanced PADI Open Water Diving Course
ADVANCED PADI OPEN WATER DIVING COURSE:
Take an Advanced PADI Open Water Course in the stunning Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, which comprises the islands of Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. Gorgeous white sandy beaches, shallow waters and fantastic coral gardens!

LEVEL: Certified Divers (PADI OW)
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu. 10-20 minutes by boat to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
DURATION: 2 days (Please note that accommodation is not included)
PRICES:
£250, based on a minimum of 2 adults, or
£280 if only 1 person on the course.

Day 1: You’ll be picked up from your accommodation and will be taken to the jetty, where you will have a short boat ride to the dive site. Here you’ll complete the exhilarating Deep Diving Course. In the afternoon you’ll complete the Underwater Navigation Course, When the Navigation courses finishes, you’ll take the boat back to the mainland and be transferred back to your hotel for a well earned rest!

Day 2: On Day 2 you’ll be transferred to the dive site again and will begin the Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive. After a lunch break you can choose between the Boat Dive or the exciting Underwater Naturalist Dive. You’ll be transferred back to your hotel for a break, before heading back out into the water for the thrilling Night dive in the evening.

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Turtles, Proboscis Monkeys and Orang Utans Tour in Malaysia
2-DAY TURTLE ISLAND, PROBOSCIS MONKEYS AND ORANG-UTANS TOUR:
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 Centre.

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
PRICE: £385

This excursion must be booked and paid for at least 3 months in advance in order to secure the necessary permits.

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 centre 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 Centre is the world’s oldest, biggest and most established orang-utan rehabilitation centre 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.

ITINERARY: Day 1: Begins with a boat transfer at 9.30am to the Selingan Turtle Islands Park (approx 45 minutes to 1 hour. On arrival you’ll check into your accommodation. After lunch you’ll 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. 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

ITINERARY Day 2 : breakfast, then you’ll depart for the mainland and an hour’s travel to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary where you’ll 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 Centre, 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 centre is to release Orang-Utan’s back into the wild and the feeding is a truly moving sight. You’ll then get the chance to watch a short, informative video show about the primates and the Rehabilitation centre 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 Centre 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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