CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SPECIES WORTH PROTECTED. LEARN ABOUT THEM AT SELINGAN ISLAND
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 scuba diving and 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.
Travel with Borneo Eco Tours
Borneo Eco Tours is a local tour operator based in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan, Sabah, North Borneo.
What To Do Here?
A night at Selingan Island is packed with activities
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.
TURTLE AND ORANG UTAN
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.
SANDAKAN WILDLIFE SAFARI
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.
SABAH NATURE SAFARI
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.
Can I customise my tour?
Of course! Just speak to our tour consultant and we will help you walk through your customised itinerary.