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“Terrible place”

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
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Full-Day Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey Tour from Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #4 of 30 things to do in Sandakan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Terrible place”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Yes, you will see the Proboscis Monkey there (and also lots of Silver Leaf Monkeys) up close, but...

...the owner of the sanctuary portrays himself as a saviour of these amazing animals, but in fact he's one of the reasons such sanctuaries have to created in the first place - he own the plantations for which they deforested massive parts of Borneo and only left a tiny bit for the sanctuary. The conditions for the monkey seem far from perfect too. The feeding platforms are positioned in scorching sunlight, so the monkeys just grab the food and run for shade. Overall not a pretty view. And the tickets are expensive (60 MYR for adult + 10MYR for camera fee) compared to real sanctuaries like the Orang-utan sanctuary in Sepilok. So it feels like the owner just wants to make extra money from his plantation by getting tourists to pay to see the monkeys.

Ask most local tour operators in Sabah and they will also advise against going to Labuk Bay. If you have a bit of time, see the monkeys in their natural habitat by going to the Kinabatangan River - you'll see lots of them and close, and they look much happier in the pictures.

Visited April 2014
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“Very close views of proboscis monkeys”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

A big colony of Proboscis and Grey Langhur very close by, fantastic place for pictures, but do not expect the feeling of being in the middle of the nature.

Visited April 2014
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

It was fun to see the silver leaf monkeys who came onto the viewing platforms with their babies. The proboscis monkeys came earlier than the feeding time and lolled around for our delight. Two magnificent hornbills flew in to take food from a rail.
Drive from sandakan takes over an hour by taxi. We called in at the Australian memorial park on our way. Taxi to cover both cost rm 200.

Visited May 2014
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“Plus Silver Leaf Monkeys”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

The silver leaf monkeys kinda distract you from the proboscis monkeys on the platform as the SLM come right up to you... cheapest place to buy stuffed animals I have found.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank KSL13
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“Interesting day, beautiful animals!”
Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

It was an expensive day for me as a budget traveller (120 ringgits for entrance, shuttle from sandakan (40km) and camera fee) but it was worth it. The shuttle bus was on time and took us to each viewpoint for the feeding times and we watched a movie explaining many things about the monkeys, the way they live and their environment. We had the chance to see them quite closely and jumping from trees. It was a good day at the sanctuary.

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