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Turtles in Borneo


Turtles in Sabah

Borneo beachGreen and hawksbill turtles are now endangered species. The Turtle Island Park, which is home to both of them, is located 40 km off Sabah's East coast. The nearest town is Sandakan. It consists of several islands. The turtles lay eggs throughout the year, although the best times are between July to October. The turtles usually come ashore to lay their eggs during the night before returning to sea during the night or early morning. In order not to disturb the turtles unreasonably the park has introduced a sensible policy to restrict tourist visits to only one landing of turtles. This assists the turtles to nest more undisturbed. The park has set up special turtle hatcheries too.

Pulau Bakkungan Kecil

This is the largest island and its main attraction is green turtles.

Pulau Selingan

The second largest island of the park provides also accommodation and a restaurant. Its main marine life attractions are also green turtles.

Pulau Gulisan

The island offers both hawksbill turtles and green turtles.

Best time to visit the Turtle Island
Best time to visit is probably between July and October.

Getting there
Getting there may involve quite a lengthy journey by boat from Sandakan, the boat ride may take between one to three hours.

Turtles in Sarawak

There are several islands in Sarawak where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

Satang National Park

Turtles may be spotted on Satang Island, which consists of two islands, Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil.

Turtles in Brunei

Turtle Sanctuary in Brunei

A turtle sanctuary is in planning to protect, and to educate about the Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, and the Olive Ridley Turtle.

Turtles in Kalimantan

Turtles can be found on Sangalaki Island, a very small island off the east coast in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs all year round. Sangalaki Island is also regarded as a very good dive location. The Turtle Foundation, an international NGO has set up a turtle conservation project to rescue them.

Other locations were turtles can be found, are Derawan Archipelago, which comprises of 30 islands in East Kalimantan, and Kelambau Island in South Kalimantan.