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Turtle Island (near Sandakan)

Posted by jessieo on 20/7/2009 at 09:55

Hi! Has anyone done this independently? I am in KK right now, and it seems that the only info I can get is about packages - and they aree wayyyy beyond my price range. Is it possible to hire a boat, stay for the evening and head back? Does anyone have any budget suggestions?

Thanks!!!

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Posted by BruceMoon on 20/7/2009 at 19:04

jessieo

I don't know, but I had a look on the web.

I started with (http://www.malaysiasite.nl/turtle.htm) and it appeared from this that there are restrictions on access.

I then saw on a gov't site...

"Pulau Penyu National Park(Turtle Islands National Park)... Visits to the islands can be arranged through a travel agency. Please see tour Operators.

Places to Stay

Accommodation is in chalets on Pulau Selingan. Price RM130-160.

Getting there

Tour companies will arrange for the journey from the wharf at Jln Buli Sim Sim east of Sandakan"
.

- - -

It seems that Crystal Quest run the accommodation and have largely cornered the market for themselves. It appears the big 'thrill' for tourists is to (possibly) see turtle egg laying. One Lonely Planet contributor said another firm (Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure) also do trips.


You've probably seen the Lonely Planet comments, but if not...

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/message.jspa?messageID=15934723

and

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/message.jspa?messageID=15244610

Sorry I can't be any more help.

Cheers

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