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Turtle Island Park

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Address: Sandakan, Malaysia
Phone Number:
6088 248 698 211 732
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US$ 515.99*
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Amazing chance to see turtles!

Great chance to see the sea turtles laying eggs and releasing the babies. There are strict rules around the photography but they staff try hard to make sure everyone has a chance... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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133 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Great chance to see the sea turtles laying eggs and releasing the babies. There are strict rules around the photography but they staff try hard to make sure everyone has a chance to see mom and the babies. Snorkeling during the day is ok...looking out from the beach stay to the right. Equipment can be rented onsite.

Thank tryingtoseetheworld
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

On the positive side, it is a conservation project. Food adequate, coffee & tea terrible! Rooms beds quite OK It was the tail end of the monsoon (early March) so the beach was horrible and wet rained all afternoon (heavy and light drizzle) There was no alternative except beach or bed for the afternoon, even the reading materials were Scandinavian... More 

Thank mariascatmotel
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Watching a huge turtle lay 74 eggs on the beach is out of this world! A highlight of our stay in Sandakan that's for sure. BUT be prepared for the day! You head out at 9:30am and there is nothing to do once you get there other than lie on the beach and swim (so hopefully it's a nice day!)... More 

1 Thank oannao
Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Great stop to see the nesting turtles. A very beautiful experience. The group sizes can vary greatly, it might have been better in a smaller group. Nice snorkeling in the area too

1 Thank Tammy T
London, England, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Reading through the reviews and the feedback on this place especially in lonely planet we were very dubious about booking this. we were actually presently surprised and the park exceeded our expectations. I do think that were were lucky whilst visiting and can potentially see why some people may not be happy with the experience. Our guide was very good,... More 

3 Thank Natalie S
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122 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

A beautiful island a lovely lodge excellent tour guide and seeing turtles hatch or scurry on the shore is a delight to see ... However a police escort at all times due to the past kidnaps by pirates a few years ago made us feel safe yet uncomfortable.. worth a visit ...

2 Thank davidgary8
Taipei, Taiwan
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We saw the mother turtle and the turtles hatchery.Those are amazing and I love it. The turtle island had no wifi even no phone signal.Really quiet island.Can do swim and snorkeling. Our room the water heater was not work.Children's room the heater was work but the shower head need to fix :( But room had A/C. The room space is... More 

Thank Constance C
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

While I totally respect what they are doing here to protect the green turtles, there were several things I wish I had known before booking this trip. 1. December is a down month. We saw 1 turtle lay eggs 2. You have to stay up until almost midnight to catch a glimpse of the turtles coming to shore 3. The... More 

1 Thank Nicole B
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61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I came here with my nieces and nephew and we absolutely loved it. I organised the trip directly with Crystal Quest and everything ran very smoothly. We stay in the Four Points hotel which is a 10 minute taxi ride to the jetty so we could get there early. We left at 09:30 and had a very smooth departure. Everything... More 

4 Thank Alicia M
Singapore, Singapore
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125 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I'm going to say this is an amazing experience just like the others have said. A must-see if you are in Sandakan. Note that Crystal Quest is the only officially appointed booking agency. When booking with a tour company, they are simply re-selling the tickets. The difference is that the agencies will sell at more than double the price, but... More 

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