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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2016
kinabatangan wildlife expeditions  (1 Answer)

i am going to sandakan Borneo this year and i like to go on a 3 days 2 nights kinabatangan river cruise with mr aji expeditions , they go with small groups max 6 persons and on budget prices !
because i am a single traveler ( lady ) i am looking if somebody is interested to be the second person on that trip ,
because the minimum is two persons .
the date is from 31-08-2016 to 02-09-2016
please ask questions if you want to know more ,,,,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2016
Worth getting a later flight back to KK to explore Sandakan?  (7 Answers)

We're planning on organising a day trip from Kota Kinabalu to see the orang-utans and visit the rainforest centre. Not sure whether to get a 6pm flight back or whether people would recommend getting a later flight back about 8-9pm to have dinner or explore Sandakan.

Any recommendations/suggestions welcome!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2014
Ferry service  (6 Answers)

Is the ferry service to Zamboanga still in operation?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2014
Leech socks  (7 Answers)

Can you buy leech socks here

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2013
Classic Hours Cafe & Dining  (2 Answers)

I read that this was a good place to eat outside Sandakan. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions about this restaurant?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2013
Restaurant outside of Sandakan  (3 Answers)

Some time ago I read a blog about a restaurant a short taxi ride outside of Sandakan. I cannot remember the name but the outside looked like a barrel or drum. It had a western menu and was reported to be very good. Anyone know what this restaurant is?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2013
Turtle Island Park, Pulau Gulisan  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know what's the cheapest way to go to Gulisan Island from Sandakan? We will be visiting in mid September this year, but the day trip that people quote us is too expensive.... we're looking for reasonable boat price from sandakan jetty to gulisan

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2012
Question on weekend trip to Sandakan from Penang  (3 Answers)

I am travelling to Penang on a business trip the first two weeks in Jan and unfortunately I only have one weekend free. Although I would love to explore Borneo, given the time I would like to atleast see Sepilok and Labuk Sanctuary. Is this too aggressive, flying in from Penang on Friday, and leaving on Sunday?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2012
Speedboat to Turtle Island  (3 Answers)

Where can i rent a speedboat to go to Turtle Island? I will stay there for only 3 hours maximum. We are 10 in our group.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2012
Getting around - turtle island  (2 Answers)

Hello, i have heard that you need to pre-book entrance to turtle island. I know where to do it, but i cannot find how to get to the actual island?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2011

Hi, last finishing touches to our 2012 hols. I have posted a question similar to this earleir this year but I am after updates.
We are trying to book an overnight stay on turtle island. despite sending emails to crystal quest and sabah parks, we have had no replies. Can anyone help.
Secondly can anyone give recommendations for a good hotel in sandakan. We will be staying for 3 nights.
And thirdly, can anyone advise of a tour into the rainforest for a day. We are already doinfg sepilok orangs, but want to experience the rain forests.Either private tour guide or tour operator will be great.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2011
advise needed  (3 Answers)

My husband & I are planning to visit the sandkan region this december. We paln to do a 2N/3Days stay at one of the rain forest lodges. However we just read that November to February is the peak rainy reason. I have a couple of questions, please do help me out.
1) Is it safe to visit the rainforest during the month of december?
2) Is it advisable to do a 2N/3day stay at one of the river lodges?
3) Will the sighting be good in december?
4) Which river lodge would you recommend as the safest place to stay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2011
Travelling from Sandakan to Taway  (5 Answers)

I & my wife will be in Sandakan for a 2day/1night business trip. Then from Sandakan, we plant to go to Tawau. There is a flight from Sandakan to Tawau but we hope to go for land transport. This way, we will be able to enjoy the various town & view the scenery & places of interest all the way to Tawau. We will also have a 2day/1night stay in Tawau before flying back to KK. What is the best alternative? To arrange a car rental or to join a tour? If car rental then we have to return the car to Tawau as we are not returning back to Sandakan. We are from W. Malaysia. Please advise. Thanks.
Teh Ho Sang

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2011
Shuttle Bus from Sandakan Airport to Downtown Sandakan?  (1 Answer)

Are there shuttle buses operating in the daytime from Sandakan Airport to downtown Sandakan. I'm asking because I've visited Kota Kinabalu five times; each time I've had taxi driver hassles, with drivers overcharging, another driver refusing to take me to the hotel I had a reservation with (Hotel Holiday) instead taking me to other hotels beginning with H, like Hyatt and Holiday Inn (places which would give him a payment for bringing a prospective guest.) Tired of taxi driver scams.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2011
sandakan to kuching by bus  (5 Answers)

Is it possible to travel from Sansakan to Kuching by bus?
how long does that take?
At what times does it leave?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2011
Sandakan to Tawau  (5 Answers)

Hi travellers

Me and my friend will be travelling to Sandakan in July 2011. We also want to head south to Tawau and then on to the islands for snorkelling and lazing on the beach. I would like to know if there is there a relaible bus service between Sandakan and Tawau?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2011
Guided tour? Rent a car? Hire a taxi?  (4 Answers)

We'll have one full day in Sandakan (flight from KK arrives at 07:30). We plan to visit the orangutan and Proboscis Monkey sanctuaries, as well as attractions in town (WWII memorial, stilt houses, temples, tea house, etc). Just wondering what's the cheapest way to do it.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2011
Turtle Island help Pleae  (2 Answers)

hi, just arranging our hol of a lifetime. After many ideas of where to go for three days whilst in Malaysi we have decided to go to Sandakan and would like amongst other things to visit turtle island for one night.We arrive at the end of Aprtil 2010. Can anyone help on how to book this and costs.
Also can anyone suggest a decent hotel in Sandakan.
many thanks......poepat (we were going to perhentian but now decided to go to Borneo instead - thanks to all who replied for perhentian queries)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2011
Sandakan Jan2011  (5 Answers)

Hi my family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children 4yrs,7yrs,9yrs)are travelling to Sandakan mid Jan and are staying at a hotel in sandakan for 6 nights. The highlight is to visit the orangutans and probiscus monkeys for at least 1-2 feeding sessions. Is it worth staying at accomodation closer to their location?
Also is it worth visting the turtles this time of year?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2011
Rain and Flooding  (3 Answers)

I've been watching the weather network and it looks like there has been alot of rain Borneo. Just wondering how its been affecting travel.Any flooding or washouts? We plan to travel there in a couple of weeks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2010
sandakan to tawau  (6 Answers)

We plan to have 12 days in Borneo next April basing ourselves in Sandakan so that we can visit Sepilok orangutan santuary, do a cave and river tour and visit both Lankayan island and turtle island. Would we be pushing it to visit Sepidan island as well and if not how long should we go for and is the best way to get there to fly to Tawau?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2010
Address of Sabah Museum in Sandakan  (4 Answers)

I am a new member here. Just read an interesting article about Sandakan. Anyone may show me the location of Museum in Sandakan? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2010
Turtle Island - Beach Towels?  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know if beach towels are provided, or available to hire, at Turtle Island please? As we're only taking very small rucksacks for the overnight stay, we don't want to have to take towels if they're not necessary.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2010
What is best - joining a package tour to Sukau or doing an independant tour?  (2 Answers)

I have read some old comments saying that it is better to join a tour rather than doing an independant tour to Sukau. I plan to book accomondation at Sukau Greenview B & B in advance and then decide on trips when we arrive. Would that be as good or better than signing up for a whole package tour in advance? I prefer not joining a pakckage tour but if the value is better in terms of better guides, more wildlife to be seen I would go for a package tour. Please share your experience with me.

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2010
How to get from Sankadan to Sukau  (5 Answers)

We (husband and two children - 8 and 11 years old) arrive in Sandakan airport on a Saturday and want to go directly to Sukau Greenview B&B for 2 nights. It is difficult to find information on how to get to Sukau if you dont want to join a tour. Do you take the boat and if so do the boats depart in the afternoon? Or do you call Greenview a day in advance and ask them to pick you up at the airport? Have anyone stayed at Sukau Greenview B&B lately - how is it?

Thanks in advance:-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2009
Car Rental in Sandakan

I'm trying to rent a car in Sandakan in February but most of the rental companies seem to be in KK and are charging a supplement to deliver a car to Sandakan. I've seen a couple of rental companies mentioned in Sandakan eg BM Rent a car, but none seem to have an email or website address. Can anyone help with details of companies I can contact to enquire of prices etc? I'd prefer this via internet than telephone in order to avoid misunderstandings on whats required.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2009
Left luggage facility at Sandakan airport?

We wish to fly to Sandakan to do a 3 day trip and then fly on to Tawau, so would like to leave the bulk of our luggage at the airport. Can anyone tell me whether there is a left luggage facility at the airport please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2009
Getting around in Sandakan  (6 Answers)

I'm planning to stay overnight at a jungle Lodge (Barefoot Lodge, Sukau) and arrive at Sandakan airport at 10am. I don't have to get to the lodge until 1600 for river cruise, so I plan to visit the Orangutan sanctuary in Sepilok during the day before getting down to Sukau.

How long does the drive take from Sepilok to Sukau?

Is it easy and reasonable to get independent transport (taxi/bus)?

Many thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2009
River trip  (2 Answers)

Hoping to go on a river wildlife trip. We will be staying initially in Sandakan and would like some idea of the options open to us.
Are all the trips inclusive of a jungle lodge type overnighter or is it possibe to do a day trip from Sandakan? Are the overnighters worth it? They all seem to be rather pricy from what I can discover on the internet.
Can anyone recommend a good agent in Sandakan for a couple travelling on a budget?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2009
Getting from Tawau to Sandakan  (2 Answers)

Is it possible to hire a car in Tawau and drive to Sandakan? Have been searching on the internet with no luck.

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