Turtle Island Tours

Selingan Island or also fondly known as Selingan Turtle Island, is a safe haven for the green and hawksbill turtles. Both turtle species are currently endangered but the island serves as place for them to safely lay their eggs.

Just 40 kilometres north of Sandakan’s coasts in the Sulu Sea, the island is a designated National Park and turtle conservation area, which you can visit and stay at to witness the amazing scene of turtle landings themselves!

Turtle landings happen throughout the year and the turtles normally go to shore after dusk to lay their eggs. The best time to go to Selingan would be between July and October when the weather is calmer.

Besides witnessing the turtles laying eggs, you will also be able to see how the collection of eggs and tagging of the mother turtles is done. Another highlight of your visit would be witnessing the release of cute baby turtles back to the sea! Other activities that you can enjoy during your time at the island is snorkelling.

There are also other islands locate within the national park, which are Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. No visitors are allowed to stay the night on these islands because of the conservation works and research studies that is being carried out there. However, it is also possible to arrange day visits to these islands.

Experience getting up close and personal with this Borneo endangered wildlife, for a start check out our 2D1N Turtle and Orang Utan tour.

Selingan Island is open for visitors. Book your tours with us today

Travel with Borneo Eco Tours

Borneo Eco Tours is a local tour operator based in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan, Sabah, North Borneo.


We are the best and most flexible tour company in Borneo, able to tailor make tours that are personal, great value for money and fuss free.


Borneo Eco Tours is highly regarded in the industry and has won numerous international awards and is highly recognized.


Past customers speak highly of our tour guides who are highly equipped with tremendous wildlife and nature knowledge.

What To Do Here?

A night at Selingan Island is packed with activities

Our Tours

A tour to Selingan Turtle Island is added as complementary to other must-see destinations in Sabah so you can optimise your travel here. The following tours are curated and works great with most travellers wanting to experience the best wildlife excursions.


MYR 1528

/ person

Visit two of Sabah’s iconic treasures, the Orang Utan and the Turtles. Spend the first day at Selingan Island, witnessing turtles laying eggs at night, the transplanting process of the eggs to a hatchery and finally the experience of releasing baby turtles back into the wild. The second day we visit Sepilok Orang Utan Center and Borneon Sun Bear Centre.


MYR 3144

/ person

This tour combines a visit to Selingan island (1 night) and also Sukau Rainforest Lodge (2 nights) for the wildlife lovers, along with a trip to Sepilok Orang-Utan and Bornean Sun Bear Centres. If we have time, the Rainforest Discovery Center in Sepilok area.


MYR 4494

/ person

Explore Sabah’s fantastic beauty on a 7 day journey with us, capturing the best parts including the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park islands, the Mount Kinabalu world heritage areas, turtle watching at Selingan island and round the trip off with 2 nights at the multi-award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge to experience the wildlife of Borneo.

Turtle and Orang
Utan Tour

Most basic package that we offer includes visits to two of Sabah’s iconic treasures, the Orang Utan and the Turtles

per person twin share

Sandakan Wildlife Safari

Visit Selingan Island and also Sukau Rainforest Lodge, along with a trip to Sepilok Orang-Utan and Borneon Sun Bear Centres, in Sandakan

per person twin share

Sabah Nature

Explore Sabah's fantastic beauty on a 7 day journey with us, capturing the best parts of what Sabah's nature has to offer

per person twin share

Can I customise my tour?

Of course! Just speak to our tour consultant and we will help you walk through your customised itinerary.

Past Guest Reviews

Not to be dramatic but we literally had the best 3 days of our lives! We were so lucky and saw the ‘Borneo big 5’ animals as well as baby turtles and female turtles laying eggs!
We had an amazing time with Borneo Eco Tours. They were extremely organised, knowledgeable and fun!! Our time at Turtle Island was incredible and Vincent was a wonderful guide. We then headed out to the most amazing lodge (Sukau Rainforest Lodge - WOW!)
We spent one night on Selingan ('Turtle') Island, a magical place where we were honoured to be included in the nightly monitoring activities of turtles as they came ashore to lay their eggs.