How to get there:
From the airport
Daily flights to Sandakan from Kota Kinabalu morning and afternoon. The morning flight from KK leaves at 7 am and lands in Sandakan at 7.45 am just in time to get a taxi from the airport. The jetty is 9 km from the airport and cost 26 RM.
From the city
The jetty is 2,5 km from Sandakan centre. You can go by taxi at around 5-7 RM or do the walk in about ten minutes. Alternatively catch a bus from the local bus terminal at Jln Pryer.
The tour is a complete package. Through an agent it cost 650-800 RM per person. This includes speedboat transfer, air-con chalet accommodation on Pulau Selingaan and meals. Buying on the island is limited to beverage such as water, soda and beers at fair prices. Besides this the park takes a 60 RM entrance fee and 10 RM camera fee which goes to the conservation program.
Good to know
The trip to the island is one hour by (small) boat. It can be rough in bad weather. All day is spend on the island so remember a book, snorkelling gear etc. as the turtles don’t come until after dawn.
NO FLASH – it disorients the turtles and hatchlings, who use moonlight to locate the sea.