We booked a trip to turtle island as part of a three night tour with Tropical Gateway Tours and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Our adventure started with a 45 minute boat ride to the island. This is a good opportunity to see the water villages of Sandakan and other islands in the area.
Upon arriving we were given a briefing of what to expect during our stay before checking in to our rooms, then enjoying free time to swim, snorkel and explore the island.
The rooms bere basic but clean and comfortable. there was even air conditioning and hot water which I was not expecting.
At night, after dinner is when the action starts. We were first taken into their museum and given a talk about the sea turtles then shown a short documentary on the big screen. Following this it is just a matter of waiting for the turtles to start arriving.
At approximately 8:30pm the first turtle arrived to nest and lay eggs. We were split into two groups and taken to witness the mothers laying. It was incredible to be able to get so close while she layed her eggs.
After this we were taken to watch the rangers bury the eggs in the hatchery, then we went back to the beach to watch the newly hatched turtles released into the ocean.
In the morning my friend and I took a walk around the island and observed all the tracks left by the nesting turtles through the night. We even found a baby turtle that was struggling to find its way to the ocean so we helped it in the right direction.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner was included in the package with snacks available for purchase.
Turtle island is an amazing experience. You will not be disappointed.
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