2D1N Selingan Turtle Island

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  • Tour Code : BC-SO-SI
  • Availability : Everyday
  • Duration : 2D1N
  • Departure Time : 10 am
  • Pick Up : Sandakan City / Airport
  • Drop Off : Sandakan City / Airport
  • Minimum Age : No Limit
  • Minimum Pax : 1 Person



Our tour guide just for you!
(No sharing of guide with other groups)


No sharing of land transportation
(Our vehicle just for you and your family )


Contribute to the local community!
(We hire local experts and promote local products)

All start time are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.


Price For Year 2020

Validity: 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020 (MYR/Pax For All Market)
No. of PaxAdultChild(Share Room With 1 Adult – With bed)
11 Pax & above730630
6-10 Pax780680
3-5 Pax830730
2 Pax860760
1 Pax (Single Traveller)1,250
Adult (Single Supplement)Add RM 150
Child(Share room with 2 Adults)RM 400/pax



Add On TourAdult (MYR/pax)Child (MYR/pax)
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre 60 30


1) Infant below 3 years old is Free of Charge.

2) Child rate: Applied to child aged 3 – 10 years old.

3) Above 10 years old considered as adult, and adult rate will be applied.


1) Single Traveller Rate applied to solo traveller who travel alone.

2) Add on RM150 per pax on top of package rate stated at above.


1) Federal Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia has imposed a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX) effective from September 2017. Foreign tourists are required to pay a flat rate of MYR 10 per room per night regardless of hotel star level. The tax will be collected from every check in guest directly at the resort which is not included in the package.

2) All rate are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia & Nett (No hidden cost unless otherwise stated).

3) All passports and visas must be valid at least 06 months from the date of entry into the country destination.


Things to bring
Turtle Rules
Important Notes

Return Land Transfer

  • Sandakan Airport/Hotel > Sandakan Jetty > Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre > Sandakan Airport/Hotel (Private Transfer)

Return Boat Transfer

  • Sandakan Jetty > Selingan Island > Sandakan Jetty (Seat-In)


  • Chalet at Selingan Turtle Island (Twin Sharing)

One (1) Lunch, One (1) Dinner, One (1) Breakfast
Conservation Fees
Entrance Fees
Activities as Stated in Itinerary
English Speaking Guide

Air Fare
Travel Insurance
Camera Fees (If any)
Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX)
Others not stated

Insect Repellant
Sun Block Lotion
Personal Toiletries
Headlamp / Torch Light
Extra cloth/swimming suit for snorkeling
Hat & Raincoat

Special things to note when you enter to Selingan Turtle Island:

Turn off flashlight on your camera because turtles are sensitive to light.
Stay quite and move slowly while watching turtle nesting.
Keep your distance from the turtle and stand behind the nesting turtles.
Do not stand in the way of hatchlings going into the sea.
Do not touch the turtles.
Video cameras are not allowed.
Visitors are forbidden from going around the island on their own from 1800hrs – 0600hrs.

All guest will be required to read and sign the company Standard Liability Form and other related forms before tour commence.

The safe keeping of your personal belongings are at your own responsibility.

Not recommended to bring valuable items with you.

There is no porter at the island, you have to carry your own luggage from the boat to your chalet.

Sightings of wildlife animals are not guaranteed.

Package prices are inclusive of land and boat transfer on the check-in and check-out day only. Additional fee will be charged for unscheduled transfers which is not include in the package.

After commencement of tour service there will be no refund in part or full, will be made for unused service/activity.

Borneo Calling will not be held liable for any delay, additional expenses of inconvenience which may be caused by directly or indirectly by events outside of the company control, such as late arrival of domestic or international flights, civil disturbances, fire, floods, unusually sever weather, act of God, act of Government, or the failure of any machinery or equipment.

In the unlikely event that the dive trip is cancelled due to bad weather, rough and dangerous sea conditions, a natural disaster, an act of God, war, political unrest, a danger to passengers, or the boat, then the operator has the right to cancel or delay the departure. The operator withholds the rights to change the planned itinerary, leave for jetty early or change the schedule.

Borneo Calling cannot be held responsible, or in any liable, for any injury, property losses, personal losses, accidents, death or damage to personal equipment for any reason whatsoever, whether through activity booked through us or caused to you by third parties, during your stay, or during participation in any activity.

We strongly recommend that all guests take up adequate travel insurance that covers accident, loss caused by cancellations, loss of baggage, personal property, medical expenses, medical evacuation and weather disruption that caused any activity cancellations.


Day 1
Day 2

Start your 2D1N Selingan Turtle Island Trip. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby or Sandakan Airport at 10:00 am.

At 10:45 am, your 2D1N Selingan Turtle Island Trip begin. It will take approximately one hour boat ride from the jetty to turtle Island, which lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah’s east coast. Selingan Turtle Island is the main nesting area for Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Upon arrival, check in to your basic accommodation and have lunch. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria from 12.30pm to 2pm.

After you’re done with lunch, you can do any activities you want throughout the whole evening. Go roam on the beach, sunbathing, swim, or have some fun snorkeling (at own cost). Also, you might just be able to get a great sunset view if you’re lucky! The Parks Exhibition Hall is open for visit at 6.30pm. Watch an interesting video presentation before heading for dinner. Dinner will be served at the cafeteria at 7.30pm. The turtle program will start anytime after the dinner. After dinner, be prepare, park ranger will alert you if there are turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

As soon as the announcement from the Park’s Ranger regarding the sighting of mother turtle coming ashore to lay eggs is made, all visitor will then follow Park’s Ranger to the nesting side slowly. Here, you’ll be able to witness mother turtle laying her eggs. All eggs will be collected by Park’s Ranger and plant at the hatchery. The last program of the night is to watch the baby turtles being released to the sea for the first time if there is any baby turtle hatching on the night. You can take part in this amazing process too! Overnight at Selingan Turtle Island Chalet.


Breakfast and check out. At 0700 hrs, take an hour boat ride return to Sandakan.

After that, you will be transferred to airport or your respective hotel.


Boat Scheduled

Boat transfer TO and FROM Selingan Turtle Island is on daily basis (ONCE only)

Sandakan JettySelingan Island10.45 am
Selingan IslandSandakan Jetty7 am
  • Schedule transfer only applicable on tour arrival and departure date.
  • Package prices are inclusive of land and boat transfer on the check-in and check-out day only. Additional fee will be charged for unscheduled transfers which is not include in the package.

Meal Timing

Meal TimeKinabatangan Wetland Resort
Breakfast6.30 am
Lunch12.30 pm – 2 pm
Dinner7.30 pm

Note: Dinner will be served at the cafeteria. The turtle program will start anytime after the dinner.

Check In & Check Out

AccommodationCheck InCheck Out
Selingan Turtle Island12pm6.30 am




The Turtle Island Park lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea, comprises of 3 islands – Selingan, Gulisan and Bakungan Kecil. Selingan Turtle Island houses the park’s headquarters, turtle hatchery, basic accommodation and visitor centre. This is a nesting place and foraging ground for sea turtles; most commonly Green and Hawksbill Turtle. Therefore, you might have chance to join a guided observation of sea turtle nesting process and/or new hatchlings of baby turtles released to the sea. As turtle landings usually occur at night, above the high tide mark or with a preference of mid-tide. Thus, an overnight stay would be the best plan in order to witness the amazing moment when turtle come ashore to lay their eggs.

  • The best time to visit Selingan Turtle Island is from March to July, as the sea is calmer.
  • The best time to experience green turtles laying eggs is between July and October; while Hawksbill Turtle is between February to April.


The length of the time required to complete the nesting process differs among species. A Hawksbill Turtle may take 1 to 2 hours to complete nesting. For Green Turtle, it may take 2 to 3 hours. It is a slow process as the female turtles crawls to a dry part of the beach, fling away loose sand with her flippers, lay and bury their eggs for incubation before making their way back into the sea. Each time they can lay about 80 to 120 eggs, depending on the species. Freshly laid eggs will then relocated by park rangers to the hatchery site, and placed them into a man-made incubation chamber – which is around 60-75 cm deep inside the sand, to protect them from natural predators. Each nest has an information board stated the date of collection and number of eggs transplanted.


Incubation takes about 60 days, but since the temperature of the sand governs the speed at which the embryos develop, the hatching period can cover a broad range. Essentially, the hotter the sand surrounding the nest, the faster the embryos will develop. Cooler sand has a tendency to produce more males, with warmer sand producing a higher ratio of females. Hatchlings usually emerge from their nest after dusk when temperatures are cooler. Baby turtles will erupt from the nest cavity as a group, and transferred by park ranger to the shore. If you’re lucky, you can witness and participate in baby turtles releasing activity!

It is estimated that only 1 out of 1000 baby turtles will survive to adulthood. Hence, baby turtles have to be released soonest possible once they emerged to increase their chances of survival. The longer they are kept, the weaker they are, and thus more vulnerable to predators.


Selingan Island Chalet
(Twin Sharing Room)

The set up of Selingan Turtle Island Chalet is pretty basic. A total number of 25 air conditioned room with ceiling fan and attached bathroom are available here. Facilities in Selingan Turtle Island Resort includes restaurant, exhibition hall and a small shop selling drinks and other simple commodities.

There are 4 chalets on the island, namely Chalet A, Chalet B, Chalet C, and Chalet D. All chalets located at the north side of the island, around 10 to 15 minutes walk from the main building.

Internet Connection:
There is no free WIFI on the island. Mobile signal is weak as well.
Electricity Supply:
24/7 electricity power supply from a generator.
Water Supply:
Selingan Island rely on rainwater and water rationing is normally enforced especially during dry season.