Check-in and Check-out Time
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 8:00 AM
If you are coming to Sandakan for some quality time with nature and outstanding outdoor experience, Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge shall be the lodge you would need to be able to achieve that objective. This two-and-a-half-star lodge cum villa has quite good rates in addition to the inclusive nature tours package around the Kinabatangan River area. Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge can be found at the address NT 1316, Kg. Bilit Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Kota Kinabatangan, Sandakan which is pretty far from the Sandakan city center, while the nearest town of Kinabatangan would take an hour’s worth of journey. This is because of its location being situated further inside the deep greeneries, allowing guests to experience being one with the nature.
How to get to Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge
Kinabatangan, being a district under the Division of Sandakan may not have much in terms of facilities compared to more developed areas around the state, but it has a lot to offer in terms of natural attractions. Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge, while being a great place to be close to nature, is further into the wilds and may be hard to navigate alone. Thankfully, it has offices in Sandakan Harbor Square that would help out guests in getting to the lodge. To get to the Sandakan office, you can board a plane from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by booking tickets from either Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia. When you touchdown the airport, you can opt to go there by renting a car, taxi or bus. If you are driving, the drive to the hotel will take around 23 to 25 minutes from the airport. Nonetheless if you are taking the bus, you will be dropped off at the bus terminal, in which the trip to the hotel is then shortened to 15 minutes or less. After sorting things out at the office and making your way to the lodge, there are a handful of landmarks you can spot to help you find the lodge. The landmarks being referred are the Kinabatangan River and St Michael and All Angels Church. Given that you can find these places, you are certainly really close to the hotel and do not need to travel any further to avoid getting lost.
Different Types of Rooms in Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge
There are a total of five main types of room made available for all guests with the intention to stay at Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge and they are Triple Chalet, Private Chalet, Family Chalet, Private Room and Dormitory. All these rooms are guaranteed to come with basic in-room facilities which include nature view, shower, towels, fan, mosquito net, balcony and terrace. As for the beds, Triple Chalet would allocate one single bed and one Queen bed, while both Private Chalet and Family Chalet would allocate two single beds and one Queen bed. Besides, Private Room would allocate two single beds as well as an air-conditioning unit, and dormitory would allocate one bunk bed that could accommodate up till six adults.
Restaurants and Cafes in Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge
As the dining time approaches close, guests can look forward to a decent dining session at the lodge’s own on-site restaurant. Since the lodge is pretty far into the jungle area, this could be the only dining place available for the guests, as the nearest town of Kinabatangan is around an hour of journey. Therefore it could be a wise move to stock up a bit just in case.
Facilities and Activities in Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge
Being a lodge that is focusing on nature exploration and tours, guests would not have to expect a slew of facilities and services that are equal to the more commercialized accommodations in the town area. Instead, what they should look forward to here is the abundance of greeneries, its close proximity to the nature and the chance to be up close with it which are things that would definitely entice nature lovers. In addition to that, the lodge does provide front desk and laundry service.
Interesting Places near Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge
Gomantong Cave Sandakan – Located inside the Gomantong Hill which is about 30 minutes away from the lodge, Gomantong Caves are an elaborate cave system that becomes the habitat of swiftlets and bats among others. Being the largest limestone outcrop in the Lower Kinabatangan area, the main cave is divided into Black Cave and White Cave, in which Black Cave is smaller but much easier to access. The only way to access is via a wooden walkway. These caves are named as such due to the color of swiftlet nests produced, in which only the Black Cave is open to the public. The caves and their surrounding area are placed under Sabah Forestry Department forest reserve, therefore the area is considered among the protected areas for wildlife.