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Turtle Island, Selingan, Borneo

Updated on January 18, 2015

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.

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Turtle Island

Turtle Islands National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Penyu)

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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.

Turtle Hatcheries, Selingan, Turtle Island, Borneo, Malaysia

Turtle Hatcheries, Selingan, Turtle Island, Borneo, Malaysia
Turtle Hatcheries, Selingan, Turtle Island, Borneo, Malaysia

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A Turtle Laying Eggs on the Beach

Giant Turtle Laying Eggs on Turtle Island, Borneo, Malaysia
Giant Turtle Laying Eggs on Turtle Island, Borneo, Malaysia

Mud Skipper Fish (on the Mainland)

Mud Skipper Fish (on the Mainland)
Mud Skipper Fish (on the Mainland)

A Borneo Resident

A Borneo Resident
A Borneo Resident

Baby Turtles (Late at night - very dark)

Baby Turtles (Late at night - very dark)
Baby Turtles (Late at night - very dark)

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      @SayGuddaycom: I have a map next to my desk, with pins stuck in all of the places I have been to and there aren't many parts of the world without a pin in, but still haven't been to Japan.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Is there anything left on your Bucket List??

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Once my husband and I retire we are going to travel. My list of must sees is getting longer and longer

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I want to see the giant turtles in the Galapagos I doubt I will ever get to Borneo

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @anonymous: Yes. Wouldn't it be great to have a turtle garden at home? I really wanted to keep one of the baby turtles that I was allowed to hold before releasing it into the sea. They are cute, but sooo strong.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The turtle hatchery reminded me of gardening. A turtle garden?

      What a tropical place to go visit.

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @julieannbrady: I am very embarrassed to say that most of my turtle photographs were lost. I was rushed to hospital on the mainland from turtle island and the film (yes, I know, I'm old fashioned) from that night got lost, although I do have a couple of photos from my wife's digital camera which I shall add (They aren't very good unfortunately, because there was almost no light, but they give the idea) I have also added a photo of the turtle hatchery and some baby turtles.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Hey! Where in the world are those turtles???

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      You know I have always been a big fan of yours when it comes to your photography. You capture the true essence of everything. Although I really like your animal pictures, I love the pictures you take of nature. I have always loved turtles, they are such unique creatures. Thank you for always sharing your journeys with us Andy. "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Awesome lens!

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What a marvelous adventure! Do I get to choose who I share my shower with? If so, I choose the man I have chosen to spend my life with. If not, I might just have to go around sticky and stinky:)

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Looks interesting. I was thinking Turtle Island...now there's something I could photograph...turtles are slow, they don't move too fast...