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selingan day trip

Canberra, Australia
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selingan day trip

Hi All,

1) can we just get a boat to selingan to enjoy the beach/snorkel/turtle hatching (if we are lucky) for a day trip (not planning to stay overnight there)

2) how frequent is the boat departure to/from the island? time schedule?

3)anything else interesting to see within the island?

Thanks in anticipation


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1. Re: selingan day trip

1) Turtles will only come ashore after dusk. Hence if you do not overnight on the island, you will not see turtles laying eggs. The chances of you seeing turtles hatching are also slim, as any eggs laid on the beach will be collected by the rangers and kept in a fenced enclosure to prevent predators from eating the eggs. The rangers will release the hatchlings at night after you have seen a turtle coming ashore to lay eggs.

2) The boat departs from Sandakan to Turtle Island at around 9:30 am. It will only return back to Sandakan the next day departing from Turtle Island after 7 am.

3) The action only happens at night. Hence during the day, while waiting for nightfall, you can sunbathe on the beach, swim in the sea or just laze around.

Edited: 12 June 2013, 11:28
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2. Re: selingan day trip

Thanks for your input.

Our only issue is we could not get a room on the island for the date requested.

Apart from Selingan, is there any other islands nearby where we can experience this similar panorama and..get an overnite lodging?

Thanks again.

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3. Re: selingan day trip


try Lankayan Resort.

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4. Re: selingan day trip

The islands around Sipadan have thousands of turtles in the waters around them. Mabul has many different types of accommodation , but you many not see the nest , egg laying , hatching. Kapalai is a resort of water bungalows and many many turtles swim around them at night.

I loved turtle island but you really only see the "business " end of the poor mother turtle in the dark lit by the rangers' torches. it is definitely a unique experience seeing the little babies being released but seeing them swimming around is also fantastic.

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