Orangutans in Rainforest
Orangutans in Rainforest
Monkeys in the Rainforest
Monkeys in the Rainforest
Proboscis monkeys and a monkey eating
Proboscis monkeys and a monkey eating

Full Day Sepilok Orangutans & Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary

from €329 per person


Despite its seemingly remote jungle location, you can travel to the centre on this wonderful day tour from Kota Kinabula with a short flight and seamless guided travel throughout. This is a day tour perfect for wildlife fans where you will gain a real insight into Borneo’s indigenous animals and the efforts to conserve the diverse species that inhabit this rain forest habitat. As well as a very special encounter with the ‘man of the forest’ you will observe the protected sun bears and then travel up to the coast to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.

The Sepilok Nature Centre is the largest centre for rehabilitation of orangutans in the world and offers hope to those displaced by human activity, orphaned or otherwise needing assistance before they can return to live in the wild. Many of the centre’s residents are young, and you will visit the nursery for a fascinating insight into raising an orphaned orangutan for a life in the wild. During their time at the centre the orangutans are given freedom to roam but with a set feeding time; this is the time you will visit to give you the best chance of viewing them up close. (However please note that their attendance at feeding time is of their own free will and cannot be guaranteed.)

Please note this is a private tour just for yourself and your travelling companions. The guide price shown here is based on return flights from Kota Kinabalu; if you are flying from, or on to, a different destination in Malaysia please let your travel consultant know and be aware that an early flight is required to arrive in Sandakan in time to meet the tour. (DTM)

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  • Transfers
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You will be transferred from your hotel to Kota Kinabalu airport for an early (7am) 45-minute flight up to Sandakan, where you will be met upon arrival at the Sandakan Airport at approximately 8am by your driver. It is around 30 minutes’ drive to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.

10:00 – On arrival at the centre enjoy a walk on the boardwalks through the Tropical Lowland Forest of Borneo where you will go straight to the free roaming area and its feeding platform. View the orangutans feeding and return to the centre to visit the outdoor nursery (as of today around 25 young orphaned orangutans are housed in the nurseries).

10.30 – Visit to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where rescued sun bears live in a 2.5 hectare forest sanctuary, the perfect place to see these unique Asian bears and observe their natural behaviours including searching for honey.

11:15 - Leave the Centre and stop for a lunch at local restaurant.

13:00 - Proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary where you can observe the strange looking yet wonderful primates during their afternoon feeding.

14:30 - Observe the odd nosed monkeys during their afternoon feeding.

15:30- Depart Labuk Bay to return to Sandakan airport for your return flight to Kota Kinabalu (18:00 - 18:30). Arrive in Kota Kinabalu around 19:30.

Services Included

  • Return flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
  • Transfers and tours with a local English-speaking guide in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Lunch

Services Excluded

  • Accommodation – this is a day tour only
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Drinks with meals

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