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Turtle Island, Selingan, Borneo
Giant Turtles on a Remote Island off the Coast of Borneo
Selingan Island (or Turtle Islands National Park, Taman Negara Pulau Penyu) off the coast of Borneo, is the location of the one of the most important turtle breeding marine parks. Accessible from the Sandakan on the main land from where you can take a boat to Libaran Island, then Selingan Island.
To see the turtles arriving and laying eggs you need to stay on the island over night, but primitive accommodation is available (basic chalet with shared showers etc.) Definitely worth visiting for one night.
Turtle Islands National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Penyu)
Map of Turtle Island, Selingan, Borneo - Where is Turtle Island, Borneo?
Selingan Island (or Turtle Island)
Early in the evening it is possible to watch baby turtles hatching in the hatchery and fighting to the surface through the sand, then being collected. A few are handed out to the small group of tourists to hold: surprisingly powerful rubbery things just a few inches long trying to swim to safety.
When I was there I sat in the bar for hours waiting, then a spotter from the beach ran in to alert everyone of the arrival of a giant turtle and we quietly went out to the beach to watch the eggs being laid. We also were allowed to set the babies free into the water. Quite a surreal evenings entertainment.
On the way back from the island we visited mangrove swamps and saw lots more proboscis monkeys and long-tail macaques. We stayed at the Libaran Island Lodge, which is rather more upmarket than the previous night's accommodation.