We arrived in Sandakan on the early morning flight from Kota Kinabalu and were greeted by Lisa ou tour guide from Tropical Tours. She took us to town where we bought some raincoats as the weather was not looking good. It was very cloudy. Then we went off to the jetty, where we waited with some other people. I was relieved when we ended up in the bigger speed boat. The other people were in one of the smaller boats. The sea was very choppy!! Also the trip takes about 1 hour and I am not the best in boats. It was us four and two other young english couples. It was one of the roughest rides I have been in, but our driver was very good! He got us there safely and we were all glad to step foot onto the beautiful yellow coral sand! Selingan Island is not very big and is part of 3 other islands that take part in the turtle conservation program.However, it is a beautiful looking island. We checked into our accommodation. Now..this is pretty basic here. We had two separate rooms, so my husband and No:1 son took one room and i and no; 2 son took the other room. They just have beds,small bedside, aircon, and bathroom. There is no showerscreen, so the whole floor and toilet gets wet when you shower. Make sure you bring thongs to shower in. There is only soap. You need to bring shampoo etc. Once again don't forget your mozzie repellant. AT night time the military security guard tells you to stay inside Not safe he said! The Philipines are only 7km away. Lunch was great! Dinner a bit disappointed , chicken tough, fish ok, but sauces were nice. Then upstairs to watch a film about the turtle conservation. We found out through Lisa that the Philipinoes still come to sabah to the markets to sell turtle eggs. The fetch 2RM for one (not even $1). We now wait for the turtles. Luckily this evening it was not too late, about 8:45pm. We all madly raced to the beach and followed the ranger with the torch. And there she was ...laying her eggs...all 97 of them. They then measure the turtle, tag her and then collect the eggs and re-bury them . Then we got to watch as they released a bundle of baby turles. They were madly trying to get out of the basket! So gorgeous to watch them race towards the ocean. They are doing a great job here. It's amazing to think how remote the island actually feels, even though it's only 1 hour from the mainland. The staff here rotate every three months. The kids tried to do some snorkelling, but the sea was very rough so it was a bit hard for them. The water was still nice and warm. Just a shame the weather was a bit lousy..but we can't help that.We took our own snorkels, but you can hire them here. We still went exploring along the beach in our raincoats and the kids enjoyed this.We saw lots of monitor lizards and butterfly's. Apart from that there is not much else for them do to. Also I suggest to pack some snacks and bring a drink bottle. Luckily the next morning the weather was a lot calmer and this made me feel better about the boat ride back. This time only taking 45 minutes! We enjoyed our stay here and it was a great experience.
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