Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
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Mile 19, Sankadan Sps 3, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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  • Olivia O
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get a driver
    This experience was great, we saw silver back monkeys and hornbill birds as well as the proboscis monkeys. I would definitely recommend going at feeding time we did 2:30 platform A and 4:30 platform B. There’s a bit of waiting around but worth seeing both as they are quite different. I would say definitely get a driver as the platforms are far away from the entrance and each other so wouldn’t recommend walking in the heat. We contacted Anzar (WhatsApp +60 17-821 7605) who was very knowledgable and had an air conditioned car. He charged a very reasonable price.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Abdeljabar L
    Tangier, Morocco105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Compared to Sepilok , it s à bit far but 100x better. Not many tourist as in Sepilok, and many monkeys for feeding time. Sepilok feeding : 3 orang outan Here : 40 proboscis
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    So many monkeys! We arrived just before feeding time and they were all chilling in the shade of the trees, but once the food comes out they make their way swiftly to the platforms. Another must do while in Sandakan, I got many great photos.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • trailgirl10
    Windsor, United Kingdom144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved seeing the Proboscis monkeys close up.
    Our family loved our visit to see the Proboscis monkeys being fed. We got so close to the monkeys and loved watching their antics - they are native to Borneo and are such characters! It was worth going to 2 feedings - we went in the morning for 9.30am and 11.30am feeding. It is about 25 minutes drive from Sepilok and you do need a driver as it is a distance to walk between the platforms. We hired Abdul as a driver (+60 11 1669 5114) and he was excellent. He gave us plenty of time for each viewing and also stopped on route so we could take photos of hornbills and water buffalo. There is time between the 2 viewings to watch the video giving more information about these wonderful monkeys . Although you will see many such monkeys when doing the Kintabagan river cruise, you won't be able to see them so close up, so it is definitely worth making this trip!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Leah W
    Scaggsville, Maryland64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An afternoon visit to see the proboscis monkeys
    I hired a private guide to take me around for the day. Abdul was a wonderful resource. He got me there just in time for the afternoon feeding. As we left the plantation, Abdul pointed out hornbills and kingfishers. If you absolutely have to have someone that will take you there and wait for you and then take you back. If you need a guide, call or WhatsApp him at +6011 - 16695114 The sanctuary isn’t really a sanctuary. It’s inside a palm oil plantation. At least they’ve left some of the habitat there for the monkeys. There’s a viewing area that’s shaded. You will see all kinds of monkeys. There will be more than just the proboscis monkeys. It is sad and ironic that they are in a palm oil plantation
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Nathan
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip
    We hired Abdul for our trip who was really good and had lots of knowledge of the area. You need someone to take you there and also bring you back as the monkeys are out the way from everywhere else. If u need a driver WhatsApp Abdul +6011-16695114. He also stopped in some places where there were other wildlife as we were lucky enough to see an orangutan on the way back. Highly recommend the trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 9, 2023
  • annminky
    United States3,805 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Silly and Naughty Ones
    I’m a big monkey lover, and to see the Probiscis monkeys was a treat for me. The male monkeys can be aggressive and loud. The rest of the monkeys are just being monkeys, playful and silly. I had the chance to see the caretaker call the monkeys to come because it was feeding time. To get to this place, you have to drive through a road where palm oil trees are planted. I think they can improve the road a little better. If you’re in Sabah, make this a place to stop to enjoy the monkeys 🙊.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Wilco F
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family experience watching the Proboscis Monkeys in the wild
    Amazing spot to watch the special proboscis monkeys! Our taxi driver Anzar (+60 17-821 7605) was a great host to the area and could share more about the forest and monkeys. Great recommendation to go as early as possible before the tours arrive at 930am. We arrived at 845 and had the platform A for ourselves while more and more monkeys arrived.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Bobby M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Incredible experience with monkeys coming very close to spectators. Great opportunities for pics! It's not easy to go there, tours are expensive, but some drivers will bring you there and wait for you to come back to Sandakan, for half price of an organised tour. We met a wonderful guy, who took very good care of us, driving cautiously and answering to all of our questions, as he is a retired tourist guide. Warmly recommend him. Mr. Pang +60198133323
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Aster VDB
    Belgium6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Proboscis and so much more with Mr. Abdul Qayyum
    On our round trip in Malaysia we went to visit Borneo (Sabah) for a few days. I got mr. Abdul's number from a friend in Belgium that booked a trip with him a few years ago. I whatsapped him and he was very responsive! He planned 3 days for us to visit the best attractions with him as a private driver (with good guides, food,...) for a good price and it was perfect! He organised everything down to the last detail so we could relax and enjoy! We did the fireflies (lovely!), kinabatangan river, labuk bay, sepilok, sunbears and the rain forest discovery and it was all worth it! The proboscis are very kind and intriguing animals so knowing you can see them only at Borneo is a privilege, certainly because we had the luck to see them in their natural habitat in the wild nature just as the beautiful orang-utans! The best experience ever! We're very thankful to mr. Abdul to show us around because he's a great guy who does the best he can for you. The best is that with him you experience the more local Borneo at a less touristic way than when you book a tour with a big companie. We are very satisfied and highly recommend him, so just text him and enjoy (+601116695114)!! Mike & Aster
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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Fiona C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Wow! We nearly didnt booknthis and we were so pleased we did! It was great - we went to the first feeding station which was busy but ok then headed to the cafe for lunch which was v cheap. After we war had the video of how the sanctuary happened Stephen fry narrates it well and it may not be suitable for all ages as there is footage of mating. The story however is really inspirational. It also made us really aware of the palm plantations and the impact on these animals. Off the 2nd feeding station which was quieter and larger and an absolute treat. We really enjoyed seeing the monkeys in action and appreciate the efforts going into their conservation. Brilliant trip not to be missed.
Written March 10, 2020
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HappyHammer69
Port Macquarie, Australia931 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This centre is in a mangrove on private property where the monkeys live. The people that work here call the monkeys down by impersonating their calls and offering them food. We saw around 12-15 monkeys including two big males. They are impressive animals and well worth seeing.

There is quite a long dirt road in and out which everyone drives on very slowly.

We also saw water buffalo, cattle, hornbills and large monitor lizards swimming in the irrigation ditches.

The only downside to this visit were the hundreds of acres of palm oil trees you pass on the way in and out.
Written January 8, 2020
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Juliane
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visiting this place can be seen very critical. All the oil palms around the sanctuary that destroyed the habitat of the animals are owned by the same person who is earning quite a lot of money in my opinion with the little piece of habitat that is left for the monkeys. Anyhow, When you visit this place it is easy to get a grab car from Sepilok. The difficulty is to get a driver at the Sanctuary to get back to Sepilok. Normally there are no drivers there, espacially not in the afternoon. The last tourist bus is going back to Sepilok around 3 pm. If you want to stay longer for the afternoon feeding you definitely need to find a driver who drops you off, waits for you while you are visiting the Sanctuary and afterwards brings you back to Sepilok. Otherwise you will not get back to Sepilok. Of course they charge a fee for the waiting time but that's understandable. We can recommend Mr. Anzar anzaruddin38(at)gmail(dot)com. He made us a good price and showed us some other animals on the way and also explained a lot of things to us, gave us info about the area and even stopped on the way to let us take pictures.
My rating to this comment is meant for the sanctuary, not for the driver. I can really recommend the driver if you want to get there by car, but the Sanctuary itself might be less worth a visit. By the way, the driver also brings you to all other destinations like e. G. the kinabatangan river
Written January 21, 2020
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hankyspanks
Singapore, Singapore86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
first off, most of the reviews here are designed to pair us travellers up with locals offering logistics solutions. no different for us so we’ll put up abdul’s name and contact here +60 11-1669 5114

tldr version, abdul communicates very well and speaks english (he makes a conscious effort to do so over whatsapp in the prep phase). we were only in sandakan for a day trip and he made a concerted effort to plan out an ideal itinerary to bring us to the best sites. we are a family of 4 adults and 2 kids.

labuk bay for proboscis is an eye-opener. if you’re going to go to sandakan to see the monkeys, then you’ll see plenty of them at labuk bay. we saw baboons, hornbills and giant mudskippers; there’s a forested area after the oil palm estate and a boardwalk over mangrove - should make you feel better about spending 60rm per overseas adult (30rm for kids under 12 years old).

not one to dwell over the ethics or logic behind such a venture; if you wanna go, labuk bay is the place to go to. and we highly recommend getting abdul to put together a plan for you.
Written November 13, 2023
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Ruthielark
London, UK241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Well worth a visit to see these amazing creatures- we took a Grab and the driver suggested we get him to wait for us which I’m usually reluctant to do but it was actually a great plan. The 2 feeding platforms are quite far to walk and there is zero WiFi or pretty much no chance to get a grab taxi back!
We went early to the first feeding and we’re lucky that only 3 others were there so we had a great experience up close and personal with monkeys doing EVERYTHING monkeys do! We then drove to the 2nd platform and saw the educational film about the sanctuary (they obviously put a fluffy spin on the story) and saw the feeding there.
Far more people at this time as I think the tours tend to catch the feedings just before/ after lunch in conjunction with other things on their itineraries so was glad to be able to come and go on our own time and to have our driver waiting to ship us back to our resort with ease at a very reasonable price.
Please visit these places with the mindset you are contributing to conservation- not just for what you might observe, it’s not a zoo!!
Written December 24, 2022
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Carl M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Thanks to our driver Abdul Qayyum +601116695114 we managed to see the 4-30pm feeding of the monkeys, we decided last minute to fit this into our our tight itinerary, and he happily collected us and got us there in time,I can highly recommend him.
We saw lots of the monkeys up close with their young ones in a good environment and enjoyed our trip thoroughly.
They are so comical to watch.
Written October 27, 2023
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Markievicz
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
For the cost 60MYR it is difficult to see what you are paying for. . Maybe covid shutdown had hit this place badly, but travelling over unpaved roads for up to almost 3k with barely existent signage to 2 feeding platforms. This experience is more akin to a safari park in that at feeding time the platform was practically over run with probiscous monkeys. There is no shuttle anymore from anywhere and I was lucky to get drivers from ehaiiling apps who had never been there before as I don't believe they would have come otherwise the return journey I waited an hour for. A lot of reviews seem to feature drivers more than the place. V suspect!
While there may be a lot more wild life to see, there is encouragement to do so, no signage, no paths, no advice. There is a cafe at Platform B with much needed drinks.The website is glossy but the placed is tired ragged and needs a lot of TLC.
Written March 11, 2023
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Chi K
Da Nang, Vietnam8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We were lucky to find Anzar to be our driver. He is a gem!! Safe driver, helpful, kind and honest. Comfortable car with no loud music playing. We visited Labuk Proboscis Monkeys and Rainforest Discovery Center (great walking trail, we were there twice). Both places were worth visiting. You could add Orangutan Sanctuary to the itinerary for a little extra around $5 but we chose not to. The following day we ran into Anzar while waiting for a public bus. He called the bus driver to inform him that we were waiting and we were picked up with little wait. Anzar can be contacted via Whatsapp +60178217605
Written May 14, 2023
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Isabelle
Queenstown, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was one of our favourites experiences so far in Borneo, it was amazing to see so many monkeys up close- we went to platform B at 1130 and we saw a lot of Silver Leafed monkeys are well as the proboscis monkeys. From what I’ve read online platform B has more chance of seeing other wildlife. If you don’t have a car you will need a driver to take you from the entrance to the platforms as it’s about 3km, they will also wait for you to finish with the monkeys. We used Anzar who had a really comfortable car and had a lot of knowledge about the area and was priced very reasonably, contact him on WhatsApp +60 17-821 7605
Written April 27, 2023
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MelisaA
Swindon, United Kingdom16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed seeing the monkeys up close. They run free but they come to the platforms for food. Make sure you turn up a little before the feeding time so you can see them (also you can be there before the crowds arrive).
Also, would be better if you hire a driver that drive you to the gate where you buy tickets, then drive you to the platform (3 kilometres and nothing to see in between) and waits an hour for you to take you back to your destination. There are not many drivers around. I’m happy to recommend our driver called Anzar +60 17-821 7605.
Written April 18, 2023
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