Seligan Turtles Island

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Sandakan, Malaysia

Seligan Turtles Island Sandakan Reviews

Hari007 Hari007
4 reviews
Very tourist trap using Turtles to make money Mar 19, 2012
We were booked to go here but by accident we went to Pom Pom Island off Semporna First. Both island have many turtles but Selingan is a tourist trap and Pom Pom is the real deal - just you and the turtles.

The snorkelling at Selingan was poor compared to TARP, Mabul or Pom Pom. The accommodation was basic and the food very ordinary considering the cost. There are many people staying on the island every night just to see turtles and we hated the crowd around one poor turtle. It even costs more to take a photo. The idea of no flash photography is good but why no video?

As the other reviews have said there is little to do on the island so take some books or other entertainment
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Anne_83 Anne_83
1 reviews
Something everyone should experience just once May 26, 2011
This was one night and 2 day part of a tour from Kota Kinabalu. Arriving at the island you realise that you are on your own little piece of paradise.

The island is limited with electricity and the rooms are basic. You have 2 beds, a toilet, shower, fridge and a bottle of water each and towels provided. The rooms are air conditioned which is nice to come back to when its scorching hot outside.

You have free roam during the day, you can hire snorkeling gear, go for a swim, or just wander the island. Snacks and cold drinks are available from the cafeteria.

As the evening begins everyone eats in the cafeteria the food was nothing to rave about, but not terrible either. The turtle island film and museum is interesting in providing the history and showing the importance of the islands.

After sitting around (hint: take books, magazines, mp3 player, anything to keep you occupied) it can be a long wait... we are on turtle time now. It is then show time, you quickly rush out to see the turtle flicking up sand and getting ready to lay their eggs. You don't realise how big the turtles actually are.

The next is to bury the eggs, you get to see the ways the eggs are marked with the date and how many eggs, so that they know when the hatching process should be taking place. After that mt favourite part was releasing the baby turtles back into the wild, as you walk down to where the water hits your feet you see how tiny the babies are and it is your job to make sure they head in the right direction into the water.

Things to note you can not video the process, you can buy a photography ticket which allows you to take photos - flash off. I found it much more enjoyable however to just take it all in and enjoy the rare experience.
sasa86 sasa86
4 reviews
Seligan Turtles Island. Wild sea turtles hatchary and reserve. May 18, 2008
sandakan town to seligan turtles island: lonely planet claimed that u can only go to turtle island via travel agencies but the staffs there claimed otherwise. i think travel quest is the one is charge of the only accomodation (chalets) in turtle island. 3 islands are responsible for the preservation for seaturtles and only seligan is open to public. only up to 60 people are allowed in one night due to limited accomodation. i found a travel agency which offers rm575 per pax but they claimed to be fully booked for 18 may and in the end, we paid US$530 for 2 pax. . best to buy the packages well in advance so u have time to compare prices and go on the dates u choose. different tour operators offers different prices.

Seligan turtles island: my room comes with a toilet, 2 single beds, 2 pieces of complimentary soap, 2 bottles of water, 2 towels, in good condition. reached there at about 11am. lunch at 1pm. video show at 6pm, dinner at 7pm. during the day, there is nothing much to do. u can either rest in your room or hang out at the beach. snokel equipment for rent at about rm10. drinks, food, beer and ice cream sold at the cafeteria throughout the day. the area where u can swim or snokel is not very big, the people claimed currents are strong elsewhere. i did not rent any mask, but use a swim goggles instead. it was low tide and water is very shallow. not very amazing corals but i saw some beautiful fishes and enjoyed my day at the beach. beach was not crowded as they only allow max of 60 people in the island. i walked one round the whole island in like 10 minutes. After dinner, we were not allowed to use flash for our cameras and usage of each camera is chargable for camera fee of rm10/camera. no video taking allowed. going back to the chalet or beach were not allowed too. main reason is that turtles waddle to shore, dig a hole in the sand and lay eggs. they are very sensitive to light and with disturbance, they go away. so we were to wait in or around the cafeteria for a rangers to inform us when the turtles were laying eggs and watched him collect the eggs. then we saw the ranger released baby turtles into the sea. i was lucky that day. i was sitting outside the cafetaria and i saw a turtle coming up from the sea and dig a hole to lay her eggs. and the next morning, a big turtle was walking right outside my chalet! during the boat ride back to sandakan town, we saw 2 big sea turtles having sex in the middle of the surface of the sea! in my opinion, seligan turtle island is an experience not to be missed! it is amazing to see so many lives being created right in front of u. something so primitive. and the knowledge that less than 1% of the baby turtles survived after being released into the sea.

Not for the party animals who are only looking for parties and nightlife.
tvillingmarit says:
Reading your blog is experience my visit again I loved it
Posted on: May 21, 2008

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