We went on a tour with Borneo Guides for one day and one night on the island. Getting there from Sandakan takes two hours by boat. We arrived at 10:20AM. After lunch (included) we hired snorkels, 10RM (3.80euro) and walk to the ‘bounty’ beach with an enclosed area where snorkeling was allowed. I did find the Red Sea a better snorkeling place but the island did beat Belize, Thailand and Tanzania by far.
After diner (included) we did need to wait till we called to hurry to an egg legging turtle. We did need to stay behind the turtle. We did got a good view to the process. It was allowed to make pictures if you did buy a license (10RM) but flash was strongly forbidden (it scares the turtles away). The change to make a good picture in the dark is very small. The turtle did produced 50 eggs. After several minutes the last of the 50 eggs were possessed. The turtle was measured (shield 89 by 90cm) before we went back. After that we could see the process of burying the eggs in a secured area and after that the releasing of one nest of hedged baby turtles into the sea.
We did leave early in the morning after breakfast (included).
Only one or two (when fully booked) turtles are being viewed by tourists. The night we were there 34 turtle did lay eggs on the small island. Some places on the beach has many flies at night time.
The room was better than expected. Nothing to complain here. The meals where ok but not great. Drinks where not expensive.
I did find the island a terrific place to go. The snorkeling is good, the almost empty beach beautiful and the experience with the turtles was great.
GPS 6.175288, 118.060915
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