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Walai Penyu Resort - Campground

Pulau Libaran, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, 90009
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Nearby attractions
Sandakan Airport
(24.48 km)
Sandakan Memorial Park
(25.66 km)
Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
(28.24 km)
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
(29.10 km)
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Elizabeth H
Absolutely brilliant trip!
I was a little apprehensive if I am honest, however when I arrived I was delighted. I felt very safe and the staff were so lovely, helpful and friendly. The accommodation was tented and very clean. Liberian Island is a beautiful place. The food was very nice but limited choice for vegetarians, although I was prepared for this prior to my visit. I have no complaints whatsoever. The showers and toilets are very near to the tents and there is male & female. Truly lovely place and I can't wait to visit again.
Solo travel - Aug 24, 2017
Amazing Turtle Experience
I stayed on Libaran Island as part of a tour with My Holiday 2. They advertised the resort as 'tented camp' so I was a little dubious. However, the resort set up was very comfortable, the tents were very roomy with real furniture inside - 2 twin beds, table and wardrobe. There is no aircon but there is a fan and you can open up the tent and get beautiful sea breeze right off the ocean. Libaran island was amazing and the local people that ran the turtle conservation were really friendly and passionate about what they were doing. It is not as popular as 'turtle' island but that is what is charming about it. You get a real desert island experience! We were so lucky and saw a mother turtle come to shore at 3am to lay eggs (the guide woke us up so we could see) and then we saw baby turtles hatch so got to release them back in to the ocean at night! Such an incredible experience and well worth the trip.
Couples - Aug 22, 2017
Meg M
A very relaxed encounter with turtles
The overall experience at Walai Penyu was worth 4-stars, and while there were some issues (eg. having to wake the usually very enthusiastic chef to cook us breakfast in the morning), they didn't detract from my enjoyment. We had a very relaxing 2-night stay here, the highlight of which occurred on our first night, when a Green Turtle came ashore to lay eggs at 3:30 in the morning. Our guide, Harun, was great. He answered all our questions knowledgeably, and chatted with us while we waited to release the baby turtles in the evening. You aren't guaranteed a sighting of a nesting turtle, but the whole experience is very private and relaxed - just a handful of people compared to the 40-odd vying for a view on Turtle Island. Also, while you can't enjoy reef snorkelling here, it's great to explore the unique mangrove environment, either by kayak or when the tide goes out, when fiddler crabs and mudskippers abound. When we arrived, I was very worried that the tents would be stinking hot in the night, but they were surprisingly cool and comfortable. With a few extra small touches this would be a 5-star for me. I feel like there's potential for even more, a few things that could really set Libaran apart from Turtle Island: a guided walk to the village perhaps? A coconut drink upon arrival? We felt a tiny bit neglected as we were staying for 2 nights, but at the same time this was really relaxing. If you need constant activity then come for 1-night only, if you want a bit of r&r, then stay longer.
Family - Aug 19, 2017
Experience to remember
We were too late to book onto Turtle Island and we came upon this place by chance. As it turned out, we were delighted we stayed here instead as it is small and you get a much more hands on/close up experience. Your trip includes transport from Sandakan (45min journey), lunch, dinner, breakfast, learning about the hatchery and conservation, helping to release baby turtles and if possible watching mother turtles lay eggs. Unfortunately there was a terrible storm the night we stayed do the latter was not possible. Still the trip did not disappoint. This is a beautiful island and the staff are friendly and helpful. Our guide Harwin (apologies if I have it wrong) took great care of us throughout the trip. The chef was excellent and the food delicious and fresh. You can also go snorkelling for a small fee of about 8euro extra. Overall, we had a fantastic stay and would thoroughly recommend.
Friends getaway - Aug 4, 2017
Feels like a private island
Excellent experience. Our family (kids 3 and 5) stayed for 2 nights and had a great time. We were the only guests at the resort (8 tents, max 16 people at a time), so we had a private boat transfer from Sandakan plus staying at the resort really felt like having the ilsand to ourselves. The staff are really nice and attentive. The service is all-inclusive, so you get excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is drinking water and orange juice available, plus tea and coffee. Other drinks you can buy at reasonable rates. The tents are large and comfortable. 2 proper wooden beds with real mattresses in each, plus a desk and a clothes rack. You even get a large bug spray, although we had no trouble with mosquitoes - perhaps because it was quite windy. Learning about the turtle conservation programme is great, and letting the baby turtles into the sea in the evening was a highlight of our 2-week trip through Borneo. Our older boy turned 5 on the island, and after learning about it the staff arranged an excellent chocolate cake to be brought from Sandakan at their own initiative and at no charge. What a surprise! The boat journey takes about 45-60 minutes. On the way back the sea was quite rough and the waves were big, but the captain took us back in an expert way, taking each wave individually, so we felt really safe. Highly recommended! Stay longer than a night to truly experience the island.
Family - Mar 13, 2017
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    Check-in: 10:30 AM
    Check-out: 8:30 AM

    Walai Penyu Resort - Campground is located in area / city Sandakan.

    There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Sandakan Airport (SDK) within 24.48 km, and Sandakan Memorial Park within 25.66 km.

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