Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

A refuge for Borneo's big-nosed monkeys

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What we say: 3.5 stars

This plot of jungle was destined to become a palm oil plantation, but the owner turned it into a reserve for proboscis monkeys instead.

Unique to Borneo, they are memorable looking monkeys with pot bellies and bulbous red noses. The monkeys are fed at 09:30, 11:30, 14:30 and 16:30 and this is when they're at their most photogenic.

Do note that Labuk Bay is privately operated and the emphasis seems to be on tourism rather than education. The other downsides are the expensive admission fee and the long ride to get here -- a round-trip taxi here will set you back about 120 ringgit or join the shuttle bus departing from Hotel Sandakan at 09:30 and returning at 15:30 (15 ringgit each way).

Admission is 60/30 ringgit adult/children under 12. Camera fee 10 ringgit / video camera fee 20 ringgit.

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38 km from Sandakan
Last updated: 17th February, 2013

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