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  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
    4 stars

    The orangutans here are all rescue animals (orphaned or injured) and have been reintroduced into the safety of the Sepilok Forest Reserve. They're wild apes and free to roam, but generally make an appearance at the 09:00 and 15:00 feeding times. The feedings are intended to supplement their ... read more

  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
    4 stars

    You could spend half a day here trekking the market trails, or breeze through the highlights like the orchid garden and 25-metre high canopy walkway in an hour. There are also educational gardens with medicinal plants and rainforest crops. Quiet trekkers stand a good chance of seeing giant ... read more

  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
    3.5 stars

    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 ... read more

  • Turtle Islands Marine Park
    4 stars

    Almost every night green and hawksbill sea turtles emerge from the sea to lay their eggs in the sand of the exact same beach where they were born. To help boost the numbers of these endangered turtles, the eggs are collected by park rangers and moved to the safety of a turtle hatchery. To allow ... read more

  • Sandakan Central Market
    3.5 stars

    Near the entrance are a couple of souvenir shops dealing in orangutan T-shirts and pearl necklaces, but otherwise the ground level serves as a wet market with fresh veggies, fruit, poultry and more dried fish than you've ever seen in your life. On the second floor you'll find cheap eats at the ... read more

  • Agnes Keith House
    3.5 stars

    Though the original house was destroyed during WWII, a replica has been constructed and turned into a museum filled with relics from the author's life. Literary fans will love matching passages from her novels to rooms in the mansion, but others might find the museum a bore. The souvenir shop ... read more


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