Leave civilization behind—even if just for a while—and savor life’s simpler pleasures. Sun, sand, sea, glamping under the stars, bushwalks, and coconut quenchers straight off the tree, get a taste of the islander life! At the same time, witness newly hatched turtles making their instinctual dash towards the sea. Awe-inspiring enough as that may be, you may also be granted the chance to see green turtles layings eggs on the shore of this pristine turtle island.
Libaran Turtle island is a peaceful getaway just 45 minutes boat ride off the coast of Sandakan’s Yatch Club. The island is also a turtle hatchery and conservation Centre, so if you have always dreamt of witnessing the precious life cycle of a sea turtle—from the laying of eggs to releasing baby hatchlings by the sea, this is the place to be!
Upon arrival in Sandakan, you will be greeted by our friendly faces at the airport and get whisked right away to the tropical island!
Depart from Sandakan Yacht Club for a breezy 45 minutes boat ride to Libaran Island. Upon alighting on the sandy shores, check in to your tents and get comfortable. The tents are spacious and well equipped with proper beds, carpeted tent floors, and a bedside table for a luxurious glamping experience!
After a sumptuous lunch, proceed on a visit to Libaran Village to experience the island-life. This little fishing village sits on the opposite end of the 650 acres island, and you can get there by boat or trekking through the island. As you stroll through the village, you are granted a glimpse into the rhythm of the day-to-day life of the locals, governed by fishing and building boats.
Enjoy some fresh coconut juice straight from the tree before departing back to the Libaran Turtle Hatchery. Here is where you will discover the Island’s long-running turtle conservation program. The conservation ranger will share about the nesting patterns of the Green-backed turtles and Hawksbill turtles which visit the Libaran Island, and explain about the conservation efforts. On a good day, as the sun sets, you will be able to release turtle hatchlings by the sea and witness as they make their first ever instinctual dash towards home!
As darkness falls upon Libaran Island, the stars illuminate the sky and the sound of waves lapping onto the shore creates a wonderful ambience for a delicious local dinner by the sea.
After dinner, watch an informative video about the Turtles and the ongoing Conservation program. In the dark of night, the ranger will scout the shores for any mother turtles which may be laying eggs. If you are fortunate, you will get to experience this National Geographic moment! However, do be aware that sightings can never be guaranteed when it comes to wildlife.
Turn in for the night and enjoy your Glamping experience!
Rise with the sun, and prepare for check out. After a simple breakfast cooked by the locals, hop on the boat for the ride back to Sandakan Yacht Club. Thereafter, transfer to Sandakan Airport for departure.