Borneo “On the wild side”
16 May – 31 May (16 days)
$8,475 pp share twin.   

Wednesday 22nd May Day 7

Turtle Island - Early departure this morning. We take a short flight to Sandakan, from here by boat to Turtle Island (also known as Selingan Island), takes 45-minutes. There is only one hotel on the island and no shops, so bring any snacks that you may like (remember to bring your swimwear). The rooms have air-con and private facilities. Upon arrival we register with the rangers at the Parks HQ, enjoy lunch at the cafeteria then off to explore the island or take time and relax on the white sandy beach, snorkelling equipment is available for hire. After dinner at the cafeteria the rangers will escort us to the laying beach. Here you can see the two endangered species of sea turtle, the green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) or the smaller hawksbill (Eretmochelys Imbricata) which lays eggs all year round. The rangers will transfer the eggs to the hatchery and there we get the opportunity to release the baby turtles into the open seas, many of these turtles will return to this same beach in 3 to 5 years’ time to start the cycle again. (B,L,D)

Sunday 26th May Day 11

Sandakan - Orang-Utan and Sun Bears - This morning the choice is yours, you can take to the river for a final wildlife expedition or sleep late as we will be departing after lunch to Sepilok. Sepilok is a world-renowned centre to come face to face with our closest relatives the Orang-utan. The Orang-utans share 97% of the same DNA as humans. Whilst the Orang-utan rehabilitation centre’s primary purpose, they provide public education and conservation, research and assistance to other endangered species (such as captive breeding of the rare Bornean Rhinoceros). As feeding time starts get your camera ready for awe inspiring and heart-breaking sights of the young and the young at heart Orang-utans. As we say farewell to these amazing human-like animals we make our way to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) where we can get close to the world’s smallest bear. The centre was opened in 2014 to help this endangered species of bear. The BSBCC currently has 41 rescued bears in large forest enclosures to provide a natural environment suited to the need of the sun bears. The aim is to rehabilitate and release back into the wild. Our home tonight we will be at the Four Point by Sheraton. (B,L)

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