Hotel City Star

Lot 3A-4B, Block 22, 4th Avenue, PO Box 624, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
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Turtle Island - Beach Towels?

by XenosUK

Does anyone know if beach towels are provided, or available to hire, at Turtle Island please? As we're only taking very small rucksacks for the overnight stay, we don't want to have to take towels if they're not necessary.


Re: Turtle Island - Beach Towels?

by cgf

to be sure you could ask directly to Crystal Quest, in my experience in 2006 they did not provide any towels, they hire a mask if you like but if you have one, you'd better take it. Btw, while snorkling beware at tide, nothing danger but do not go to Philippines, you need passport :lol:

Re: Turtle Island - Beach Towels?

by carteki

I don't recall them providing beach towels either. The snorkeling is not great - but it is a good way to spend the afternoon.

Re: Turtle Island - Beach Towels?

by XenosUK

Thanks for the replies. thought I was being a bit optomistic hoping for beach towels!

Re: Turtle Island - Beach Towels?

by DSwede

Its probably way too late for you, but I was there a few weeks ago. They did have beach towels for rent. Regardless, after you take a shower in your room to wash the sand off, they do provide shower towels at no charge.

Travel Tips for Sandakan


by zrim

Anthropomorphism--the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to inanimate objects or animals.

Yes, guilty as charged. I apply human characteristics to many types of animals. I'm sorry but I believe that animals are far from being inanimate objects. Anyone who spends time around animals knows that they have a wide array of emotions: ranging from joy, sorrow, guilt, jealousy etc.

I would say that this adult orangutan is showing signs of the human attribute of shyness. I know this offends the behavioral scientists, but screw them--this is my travel page and I will athropomorphize as much as I want.

The macaques are not ones to miss a party

by zrim

Ok, I know that all animals are great and we should enjoy all of them for their own unique talents and so on. But really, macaques are a bit like the rats of the jungle. They are scavengers and not polite scavangers. Every day the macaques would hone in on the orangutans feed. They would get impatient and force the issue before the orangs were done with their meal.

There was a dominate macaque male who was particularly obnoxious. He would strut around the feeding platform and swat away the smaller macaques like soccer balls (they would go flying end over end into the rush when he made full contact.) Some days the male macaque would get up the nerve to challenge an orangutan. Now, orangutans are laid back, but there is a limit to their patience. On one occasion when the male macaque crossed a primate boundary he got smacked right on top of the head by a disgruntled adult orangutan. I'm sure he saw stars for several minutes. Orangutans are unbelievably strong, they can crush a coconut with their hands. So it stands to reason that they could also crush a macaque skull with their hands, if so inclined.

See the Proboscis Monkey

by kyoub

One of the highlights of our trip was going out to Labuk Bay to see the Proboscis Monkeys.
It is for sure off the beaten path. It is 38KM from the Sandakan airport and it takes a good hour to drive there. The roads are mostly gravel and jeep tracks, not to mention the truck traffic with their loads coming from the palm plantations.

When we arrived we were served a drink of our choice by a very sweet waitress. She explained that if we would take a seat over near the balcony that the monkeys would be arriving shortly.

We could see some tree limbs across the way and a large board laying on the ground.
Then we saw a man walking out to the board with a platter of pancakes. He placed them on the board and left. Soon we could see movement in the trees and monkeys coming down to the ground. Before long the board was full of monkeys having a picnic. We were told that the one large male has 22 wives and many off springs.

They went and sat on the tree limbs and groomed themselves after they ate and some of the younger ones went down to the waters edge to pick shoots to eat..

The Proboscis monkey is only found on the island of Borneo.

Pay your respects

by DocJules

A visit to the POW camp in which the Japanese interned 2500 Australian and British troops during WWII.
It has a small museum showing how the prisoners lived and died and the effects of the bombing on the town of Sandakan.
The camp was the starting point for the infamous 'death marches' to Rannau, some 200km through rain forest. No-one survived.

Sepilok Orangutan Centre - Get there Early!

by janiebaxter

If you go to visit Sepilok for feeding time it gets very busy, with crowds of people around the area that look onto the feeding platform where the food is put out and the Orangutans gather to eat. Although the platform is raised so you can get a good view, you will still have many heads moving in your way of the camera - especially if you are not very tall!
If you arrive early, about 1 hour before feeding time, you will get a great view of the Orangutans. This is because when they see people walking along the wooden walkway towards the feeding platform they have learnt to know it will soon be feeding time. So some of them will actually walk along the walkway with you or along the handrails. You can get about 20 minutes alone with them before it starts to get busy this way and get much closer, better photos.


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