Sandakan Town, Sandakan · 5 hotels available
This rehabilitation centre offers visitors the opportunity to watch the orang utan up close in their natural habitat. Conceived in 1961 and had become reality by 1964, this place is named after the two rivers flowing into the Sandakan Bay. The main objective of this place is to return orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans back to the wild. The rehabilitation process starts as soon as the orangutan is admitted to the centre with a exhaustive health examination, followed by a quarantine period to eradicate diseases being transmitted. Young orangutans spend their time in the ‘Nursery’ learning skills important to jungle life. Once ready, they will move to the ‘Outdoor Nursery’ where dependence on food and emotional support is reduced. Lastly, most of them achieve total independence and unite into the Sepilok wild orangutan population. To get here by public transportation, take public buses and taxis from Sandakan town. The Labuk Road Bus Company vehicles usually depart from the front of the Sandakan Town Council (Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan or MPS) from 6.00 am onwards with the fare of RM2.10 for one way. The bus will stop at the junction to the centre and you will have to walk about one and a half kilometre to get to the centre office.
Managed by the Sabah Forestry Department, this centre is located within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, and a home to the orangutans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Sandakan RCD was established in 1996 and had opened its doors to the public since August 2007. Operating daily from 8am to 5pm, , today the RDC remains as an environmental education centre for reseachers, school students, teachers and visitors. The Canopy Walk and Plant Discovery Garden are some of the main attractions here. The admission fee is RM7 for an adult, RM3 for child from 5 to 17 years old.
Located at the centre of the mangrove forest along the coastal land near Samawang Village at Labuk Bay, Sandakan, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is approximately 38 kilometres away from the Sandakan airport. From here, there is a shuttle bus service available that will cost you around Rm20 per person. The pick-up point is in Sepilok Town. For Malaysians, the entrance fee is Rm15 for adult and Rm5 for child. Whereas, for the foreigners, the fee is Rm60 for adult and Rm30 for child. Apart from being an ideal place for an education trip, this place is also suitable for those yearning to embrace the nature.
Located at Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14, this resort was given 3 stars for its quality. Sepilok Forest Edge Resort is not bad at all considering its secluded location compared to 5 stars hotels in the city. Some of the standard facilities provided are parking, restaurant and swimming pool. It will not be hard for the guests to find food as they can just order or dine in at the restaurant available here. While relaxing in the green nature, guests may enjoy the stunning swimming pool too. If you opt for the dormitory, it will only cost you RM41 per head. Whereas, if you prefer to stay in the D-chalet- rainshower, the cost will be around Rm349.
Hidden amongst a veritable treasure trove of tropical plants, grasses, huge trees and spectacular orchids in bloom, Sepilok Nature Resort is an ideal starting point for most other wildlife land destinations in Sabah. Combining rich traditional style with contemporary luxury, the setting here offers calmness and a perfect surrounding to unwind after a long plane trip . You can choose to stay either in the dormitory or in the room. The dormitory will cost you Rm31 while the room, which is more private, will cost you about Rm158. Apart from that, credit should be given for its tip top service and cleanliness.