Places of Interest : Sandakan

Sandakan

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Reef Check

Founded in 1996, Reef Check is the world's largest international coral reef monitoring programme involving volunteer recreational divers and marine scientists.

Sepilok

Sepilok

The world's largest and oldest Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located at Sepilok, which is a 20-minute drive from Sandakan. An area of 11,000 acres of virgin equatorial rainforest has been set aside as forest reserve and orang utan rehabilitation centre. Here, you can experience a close encounter with the "Wild Man of Borneo."

House of Agnes Keith

House of Agnes Keith

Another site that links pre-war times with colonial times is the former House of Agnes Keith, and her husband, Harry Keith. Harry Keith was the forest curator in British North Borneo and his American wife, Agnes, followed him to Sabah. Here, she wrote with much emotion and insight three books, the most famous being "The Land Below the Wind". The Keith's suffered imprisonment during WWII, and Agnes's second book "Three Came Home" details their and the Sabah's people war experience.

RDC

Rainforest Discovery Centre

Situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home to the orang-utans of Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, lies the Rainforest Discovery Centre, a centre for environmental education. It is 20 miles away from the Sandakan Airport and 24km (14 miles) away from the Sandakan town making it the most accessible rainforest in Sabah. The environmental education unit of the Sabah Forestry Department manages the centre.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary

In the centre of the mangrove forests of Semawang is the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can see Borneo's indigenous proboscis monkeys. This privately-owned sanctuary located within an oil palm estate gives you the chance to observe these animals up close and personal. The sanctuary also provides transfers, daytrips and overnight stays. You can also go through a local tour operator.

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

It is dedicated to some 2700 Australian POW who died at the Sandakan POW camp and in the ensuing death marches through the jungles of Sabah. It is located on Jalan Labuk Utara, Mile 8, and travel agents in Sandakan offer regular tours there. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to visit this site of quiet remembrance.

Turtle Island

Turtle Island

Located 40 km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah's east coast. It encompasses 1,740 hectares which include the three islands of Pulau Selingaan, Pulau Bakkungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan, together with the surrounding sea and coral reefs. On Selingaan several chalets for a limited number of overnight visitors provide comfortable accommodation. The other islands have no overnight facilities and visitors are not allowed to be there at night, as much as on Selingaan no one is permitted close to the shore from nightfall to sunrise. This is to allow the shy turtles to crawl ashore undisturbed, and to leave their breeding cycle as intact as possible.