It's the only accommodation option on Selingan Island for the turtle hatchery and turtle watching. It's included on our packaged tour, and covers lodging, meals, boat trips and guide to the island.
The accommodation are basic, ensuite but are air conditioned! Neverthless, clean, tidy and well kept. Beddings and towels are provided. There are no additional amenities such as toiletries, wifi, coffee and tea making fascilities, TV, pools, etc. Do bring bottled water from Sandakan. However, they can be purchased from the island store if you haven't. Tea and coffee are supplied during meal times - breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner whilst waiting for the turtles arrive to shore. They do have a rental shop for snorkels, tubes and fins.
If passive and just did what your guides instructed, one may find the experience staged and practiced. So, I encourage you to wander around the island, and perhaps join the staffs for a friendly football (soccer) game in the evenings from 4.30pm (before dinner). We came across the ranger quarters and a tub of newly hatched baby turtles (it's dangerous to leave them in the heat of the sun or even release a large batch to sea during the day due to human activities and predators) and we had some one-on-one time with the little ones! They allowed us to release a couple to sea on our own, and we are still keeping our fingers crossed for their survival! The last proactive thing to do is to head out to the beach again when access is open to the public at 6am. We saw the last female laying eggs in daylight before heading back out to sea :) Much better photography as a result!
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- Also Known As:
- Selingan Island Hotel Pulau Selingan