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Discover Borneo - Sabah - Sandakan

Sandakan - a tropical paradise for wildlife lovers and eco tourism as well a colonial history.

Sandakan is the second largest town in Sabah located on the north-eastern coast of Borneo. The area around Sandakan is known as a tropical paradise for wildlife lovers and eco tourism. Key attractions are the Orang Utan at Sepilok, the Proboscis Monkeys at Labuk Bay, the turtles at Selingan Island and the large variety of wild animals along the Kinabatangan River. Sandakan is also a town full of colonial history.

Sandakan has a tropical rainforest climate. It is hot all year round, with little seasonal variation in temperatures. It’s also pretty wet all year round with high levels of humidity – it is a rainforest, after all. The driest time is in April where you can expect average daily highs of 32°C, with overnight lows of 24°C. It’s hot, sticky and humid, but in terms of actual rainfall you will probably just see a few thundery downpours rather than anything too prolonged.
The best time of year for viewing turtles on Turtle Island is July. The best time to view Orang Utans is between April and November, as the trees are in fruit and the Orang Utans will come lower down in the forest. Between April and November, average daily highs remain at around 32°C, with overnight lows of 24°C. Rain increases as you move towards November, but as ever in the tropics you’ll find that most of the rain comes in torrential downpours in the afternoon or early evening.



What To See/Do

  • Selingan Turtle Island (Bookings essential)
  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sun bear Conservations Centre
  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Night Walk in the Jungle
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Gomantong Caves
  • Kinabatangan River and Wildlife
  • St. Michael’s Church
  • A day in a local village
  • Sim Sim Watervillage
  • War Memorial
  • Afternoon Tea and Scones at English Tea House
  • Agnes Keith House 


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