SAFE HAVEN FOR THE ENDANGERED GREEN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLES
A designated National Park, Selingan Island is popular with tourists and turtles alike. Located approximately 40 kilometres north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea, the island is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings.
As turtle landings usually occur after dusk, an overnight stay would be the best plan to see the turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs. Turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to head there is between July and October when the sea is calmer. Observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles into the sea. During the day, visitors can resort to other activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling.
Other islands in the National Park are Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight on the islands due to conservation efforts and research being carried out; however day visits are sometimes possible.