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Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge

NT 1316, Kg. Bilit Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Kinabatangan Town, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, 90000
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Nearby attractions
Kinabatangan River
(12.27 km)
Gomantong Cave Sandakan
(15.55 km)
St Michael and All Angels Church
(40.28 km)
Agnes Keith Home
(40.43 km)
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The price is reasonable. Great stay with good staff.
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Amazing experience! 10/10!
We are a couple travelling on a budget and so booked a more basic option of the jungle stay. We are so happy we booked sunshine, the guide Marino is the best, he's got some great stories, is very friendly and knowledgeable and just a cool guy. Lots of the tours we saw had full boats but we got lucky and it was only us and the guide. Also the food is delicious, we had fish and chicken options every meal and this delicious cabbage stuff. It's so peaceful and relaxing, the hut is pretty basic but does the job. We didn't notice any bugs inside. Highly recommend :)
Couples - Oct 25, 2017
Great Place to experience Kinabatangan River
We took the 3d2n package as it is far more reasonable priced than any other lodges and we did not regret it. We really loved our time there. Our guide Mus was great in any way and very knowledgeable and great in spotting wildlife. The camp is basic but very clean and just what you need. It also looks like they listen to guest feedback - they fixed rails in the meanwhile - that said I would still not recommend the place for small children. As the lodge is not as well marketed as others you also get more privacy - as we were the only guest during our stay we had private cruises which is a great benefit company to the boats we saw from the other providers which were mostly fully packed. In a nutshell we can highly recommend the Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge if you look for a place to get away from the everyday buzz and enjoy the Sabah wildlife.
Couples - May 27, 2017
Quintin B
Good stay, awsome guide!
Good if your traveling on a budget as the prices are cheaper than other lodges. The lodges are very basic which was perfect for us. The guid (Moose) was absolutely incredible. Had lots of knowledge regarding the surrounding area. You can tell he really cared about the nature. He was really good at spotting the wildlife during our boat tours.
Couples - May 16, 2017
Georgina F
Amazing stay with lots of wildlife, simple but fantastic
We had a great time at sunshine lodge on the 2n3d trip! The place was simple but had everything we needed and couldn't have wanted for more given the price we paid. We had a private chalet which was very clean and spacious with private bathroom and a nice balcony - perfect for spotting wildlife from. During our stay, all food was included as well as hot drinks and water. The food was traditional Malaysian style, which included rice or noodles and fried egg for breakfast - delicious (you could have toast if You preferred)! We had some amazing huge prawns and octopus whilst we were there too, and lots of very tasty chicken! Note the owners are Muslim so no alcohol is sold or provided, but you can take your own and they will keep it cold for you! During our stay we did three different boat trips, and saw lots of great wildlife on all of them, including orang-utans, lots of different monkeys (including proboscis), birds and two huge crocs! The guide, Murs was great at telling us what everything was and the boat driver Win was good at spotting things! They also made a good effort to show us different parts of the river on each trip so we saw different things, it was also a nice touch having a hot drink and crackers or homemade pancake on the sunset cruises! This really is the perfect place to see some fantastic wildlife whilst on a budget! All this place needs is more guests, as one of the only Malaysian owned lodges on the river, I would recommend going to support the local business and families! Thanks for having us!!
Couples - May 10, 2017
Roger M
Wonderful Wildlife Opportunities at a Great Value
The Kinabatangan Lodge had only four people on staff, but since my wife and I were the only guests for the four days we were there--it was one of the best staff-to-guest ratios I've ever experienced. The lack of guests was a bit creepy at first, I'll admit, but the head guide Mustafa assured us it was because it was still the tail end of the rainy season. "Moose", as he preferred to be called, was a top-notch guide and his mission was to show us as much of the natural wonder of the Kinabatangan District we could stand. He took every opportunity to take us on morning cruises, day jungle hikes, sunset river cruises, night jungle hikes. The food was ample and tasty, and the staff was there serving only us. A rare experience that might not help other travelers considering staying there in a bust time, but the staff there was attentive to our needs, and I suspect would have been equally diligent had all the cabins been full. One day Moose took us downriver to Sukau, the more upscale area where the tonier resorts are. His mission was to show us more wildlife than we had seen near the Sunshine Lodge (it was obviously important at jungle resort that Moose show us the orangutans and various monkeys and macaques in his neighborhood, and he didn't disappoint). So we went downriver in search of Pygmy Elephants, and Moose found another nature guide who related a sighting another 15 minutes downriver. We hustled to the site and had a wonderful viewing. The price was incredibly cheap considering the amount of field time we had. The food was good, the accommodations simple. Socially, well it was just my wife and I and we've been together a long time. We saw plenty of riverboats from the more upscale lodges and they were pretty full. So if meeting other tourists is important to you, then SUNSHINE Lodge may not be gor you. If it's about the scenery and wildlife, though, THIS IS THE PLACE.
Couples - Mar 4, 2017
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    • Front desk
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  • Public Facilities
    • Restaurant
  • Food and Drinks
    • Breakfast

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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 8:00 AM

Staying at Kinabatangan Sunshine Lodge is a good choice when you are visiting Kinabatangan Town.

This villa is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned close to public facilities.

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