Nature and wildlife in Sandakan
Explore nature and wildlife with Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan
Nature and Wildlife in Sandakan
Sandakan is the gateway to the rich wildlife of Sabah, Borneo Malaysia. Explore limitless wonders of the Borneon's wildlife when you explore the incredible variety of nature centres, including the forest reserve where Orang Utan are at their freest in the wild; limestone caves that are famous for their birds' nests that have been housed for centuries, and Malaysia's largest freshwater swamp forest or wetlands, along the Kinabatangan river, which teems with the wildlife.
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
Sepilok is a must-visit when you are in Sandakan. Known as the world's oldest and largest Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok provides the rehabilitation of orphaned baby Orang Utans in its lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.
Sepilok gives you a great opportunity to watch the Orang Utan closer in their natural habitat. Enrich your wildlife experience by watching the Orang Utans in their natural habitat.
- Ticketing Counter : 9:00am - 11:00am & 2:00pm - 3:30pm
- Feeding Time : 10:00am & 3:00pm
Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)
The Sun Bear is the world's smallest bear species, that is under threat due to their shrinking habitat. The Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre at Sepilok is adjacent to the Orang Utan rehabilitation centre and it is the only sun bear conservation centre in the world to provide the care and rehabilitation of orphaned sun bears.
The centre is equipped with key facilities including an observation platform, boardwalk and a visitor centre.
- 9:00am - 3:30pm daily
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
The Labuk Bay is a famous habitat for the proboscis monkeys, an endemic species to the Borneo Island. Located in the center of the mangrove forest of Semawang where you can observe the monkeys up close from a special platform when they are fed. You can also indulge in some bird watching, river cruises, night and morning walks through the sanctuary.
Visiting Hours / Feeding Time:
- Platform A : 9:30am & 2:30pm daily
- Platform B : 11:30am & 4.30pm daily
Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
The beautifully landscaped Rainforest Discovery Centre spawls around a small lake within minutes from Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. In addition to the informative exhibition hall, the Plants Discovery Trail was created to show some of the world's intriguing plants found in Borneo. It has also become one of the prime bird-watching spots in Malaysia with more than 250 species sighted.
The walkway is an ideal vantage point for observing hornbills, colorful forest birds and the Bornean Bristlehead, one of the rarest birds in the world.
- 8:00am - 5:00pm daily
Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kinabatanagan River is the longest river in Sabah and it sustains one of the world's richest ecosystem. The lower basin of the river itself is the largest forest covered floodplain in Malaysia and has the largest concentration of wildlife in South East Asia.
Choose to take a trip up the river at dawn or dusk which is the best time to see the wildlife. You might catch the Asian elephant or a Sumatran rhinoceros through the trees. Optional tours can also be arranged for night safaris as well to spot crocodiles, birds and nocturnal animals.
- Getting There - Kindly approach our Concierge for travel arrangements.
Described by WWF as 'the best-managed edible birds' nest cave in the world', Gomantong Caves in the heartland of the Gomantong Rainforest Reserve, have been the focus for birds' nests for centuries. There are two cave complexes - Simud Hitam (Black Cave) and Simud Putih (White Cave), where the more valuable nests are found.
A well-maintained boardwalk gives you easy access in the cave to do some exploring or watch the skilled harvesters at work between February and August. Outside of the cave, you would be able to view a wide range of wildlife including the Serpent Eagles, Kingfishers, Orang Utans as well as the Asia Fairy Bluebirds.
- 8:00am -6:00pm daily