Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

Jungle retreat with views

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Perched on a narrow forested ridge, Paganakan Dii enjoys stunning rainforest views and a wonderful remote jungle feel. Although it’s the furthest accommodation from Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre—five kilometres away—a scheduled free shuttle is part of the deal.

Travelfish says:

Paganakan Dii offer dorm beds or chalets that sleep up to four. A stilted wooden longhouse houses the fan-cooled dorms and is open to the jungle breeze. Slatted mosquito-screened walls filter the light and enable you to view the surrounding forest; if you’re not woken by the sunrise, the dawn chorus will get you up early. Wooden bunks are sturdy, but we felt the dorms way too crowded and open for a peaceful sleep and they lacked privacy (fine if you don’t mind the summer camp ambience).

The dorms are a little tight for our tastes, but you do have forest views through the slats. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
The dorms are a little tight for our tastes, but you do have forest views through the slats. Photo: Sally Arnold

Share hot-water bathrooms are clean enough, but could do with a fresh coat of paint. We liked the quirky washbasins made from woks, and you can’t beat a hammock—several are rigged up under the longhouse.

The chalets are the better deal here, though they’re priced on the number of people sharing which makes them a bit pricey for families. The duplex-style wooden chalets are open to the jungle and it’s worth paying a bit more for one with a view. They offer air-con and fans and comfortable mosquito-netted beds, but it’s basic and rustic treehouse style; don’t expect luxury and do expect the odd critter in the room. We love the open bathrooms with hot showers—surveying the wild backdrop is a great start to the day.

Good linens! Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Good linens! Photo: Sally Arnold

An attached restaurant serves a basic included breakfast and offers a simple menu at other times. You are stuck to eat here if you don’t have your own transport. WiFi is free, but slow. We love the get-away-from-it-all atmosphere at Paganakan Dii, however it’s not as convenient for visiting the Sepilok attractions as some of our other suggested options.

Contact details for Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

Address: Taman Hiburan Jalil Alip, Mile 14, Sandakan
T: (0128) 681 005; (0128) 851 005;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º56'12.86" E, 5º54'5.92" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm fan cooled 35 ringgit 35 ringgit
Standard double room
Original huts. Ridge huts: 180 ringgit.
155 ringgit 155 ringgit

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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