Sepilok, Oxbow Lake, Kinabatangan River Cruise & Gomantong Cave
Sandakan / Sabah
Day 1 Sepilok Orang utan centre and Bilit
Meet upon arrival at Sandakan airport from Mh2042 ETA 0750hrs. Transfer to Sepilok Orang utan Rehabilitation Centre. Orphaned and injured Orang utan are brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to return to forest life. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest, a fine showcase of Borneo’s remaining rain forest. Watch the scheduled video documentary show at the Sepilok Information building. The 20 minutes video show will give you an insight of the Orang utan rehabilitation process and its threats to survival. After your morning affair with the Orang utan, you will depart overland for 2 hours journey to Bilit. Check-in and lunch at Bilit Rainforest Lodge. In late afternoon, proceed for river cruise to the Menanggol River, a tributary of Kinabatangan River in search for wildlife, including the unique Proboscis monkey, hornbills, kingfishers and many others. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in Southeast Asia to observe wildlife. (L/D)
Day 2 Oxbow lake / River cruise
0600hrs early morning river cruise to the Oxbow lakes. (Oxbow lake was formed by large meanders of the river that have been cut off from the main channel). The trip will take you to see the riverine forest and the wildlife in the area. The Oriental Darter, Storm’s stork, various species of Hornbills, Kingfishers is common feature. After morning cruise, return to lodge for breakfast. Free at leisure. In late afternoon, proceed for river cruise to search for wildlife and birds. (B/L/D)
Day 3 Gomantong cave and Sandakan City tour
After breakfast, proceed to Gomantong cave, the drive will take 30 minutes. Upon arrival, take a 15 minutes walk to the cave, the short jungle walk will take you to the unique limestone vegetation and lowland forest, here you can observe birds and primates. Explore one of the fascinating cave in Sabah, the cave is home to the millions of bats and swiflets. The swiflets nest is collected for the famous Chinese edible bird’s nest soup. After exploring the cave, return to Sandakan to visit Puj Jih Sih temple, located 300m above sea level. Here you can see the colorful interior carvings and decoration of this magnificent temple with a commanding view of Sandakan bay. Proceed for lunch at local restaurant. Drive around Sandakan town and see the busy street and market, proceed to Sim Sim water village where you can see houses on stilt occupied by the local Chinese and Malay people. Transfer to Sandakan airport for your departure flight MH3037 ETD 1850hrs. (B/L) End of service.
Suggested item to bring: Binocular, insect repellent, raincoat or poncho, good walking shoes and hat.