REGION: Sandakan
DURATION: 2 Days 1 Night
AVAILABILITY: Everyday (Pre-Book Needed)
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Sandakan City / Sandakan Airport
PICK UP TIME: To Be Arranged
DROP OFF POINT: Sandakan Airport
DROP OFF TIME: To Be Arranged
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.


  • Libaran Island
  • Glamping under the Stars
  • Liberian Turtle Hatchery
  • Guided Walk through Libaran Village


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!

Sample itinerary


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!

Meals : Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Walai Penyu Resort


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.

Meals : Breakfast

  • Insect repellent 
  • Snacks
  • Please ensure you are holding air tickets to Sandakan airport.
  • For you arrival on Day 1, please take note there is only 1 join-in boat transfer to Libaran Island departing at 1030hrs daily. 
    For departure day on Day 2, please also take note there is only 1 join-in boat transfer from Libaran Island departing at 0830hrs daily. 
    Unscheduled boat transfer 
    to and from the island can be arranged with additional surcharge(s) (subject to availablility and weather condition). Please enquire with our Tour Consultant.
  • During  the months of monsoon season (December to February), Libaran Island Resort is closed due to adverse weather conditions. 
  • Boat journey to the Island may not be suitable for individuals who have any of the following conditions but not limited to: heart or lung conditions, recent surgery, back or spinal surgery, back problems/injury/fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis or other similar spinal/pelvic diseases. Pregnant women are also not recommended as the boat ride may be bumpy depending on the sea condition. If you are having similar issues as above, kindly consult your physician before you enrol in this activity.
  • There are no sundry shops on the island.  You may wish to purchase snacks before taking the boat transfer to Liberian Island.
  • The island electricity is powered by Generators.  The generators will cease at 22:00 – 06:00 hours, and you will be given torchlights to carry with you. 
  • There is very weak mobile signal at certain parts of the island - be prepared not to have mobile connection for most of your stay on Libaran Island. 
  • If you are arriving at Sandakan Airport on the day of your tour, our friendly guide will greet and pick you up from the airport with a placard bearing your good name.
  • Recommended flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan: Malaysia Airlines MH2042 (ETD 0705Hrs / ETA 0745Hrs)
    Recommended flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu: Air Asia AK6499 (ETD 1820hrs / ETA 1910hrs)
  • The above flight timings are suggestions and subject to changes. Please always check with the airline schedules for the correct flight timings that are most suited to your needs.
  • This package is based on join-in basis of shared guide and transport vehicle.  Private Guide or Tour is available upon request at a reasonable fee.  Please inform us when making the bookings. 
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.
  • As this is not a luxury stay, we recommend you to bring your own toilet amenities for a more comfortable stay. 
  • Before going out for some fun in the sun, you may bring along some SPF50 sunscreen and an umbrella to protect your skin.