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.
Gomantong Caves generate revenue?
Gomantong caves famous for Bird's Nest (a local delicacies). It's actually a Bird's SALIVA, can be found hidden parts of the cave. Cost of bird's nest may varied from RM100 or above depending on the type and quality.
Now, regards to the cave, it's not an impressive cave to explore but you do find some species of birds & bats in their habitat.
Best way to get there?
By coach tour - advisable at a small fee, private tours can be arrange. All ground arrangement easily book from local agencies tours in sandakan town.
Journey, only takes abt 1 1/2 hours or 2. Depending your coach SPEED!
If you take the direction connection from Sandakan Airport towards Sepilok, you will see some poor looking areas, with bad living conditions and strange looking building. But if you drive along the coastline, or if you are on your way to the Turtle Island Boatconnection, you will see the real slums of Sandakan.
At the coast, mosty the Philippine immigrants live. In houses built on posts above the water they live with thousands. Their conditions are very bad, because they are illegal and don't get any social care from the Malaysian government. Some of them work at fishermen, owning an own boat, other work in construction. From the water it is a great sight to see all the colourful houses above the water, but if you get close you'll realize it's not that great after all.
In this crocodile farm, you can also see some big weird fish, koi fish, and 1000 crocodiles with their own stories.
everyday, around 11am and 4pm, there will be a presentation whereby the staff there will be dancing with the lazy crocodiles.
The farm is just located along Labuk road.
Sam Sing Kung Temple, or the ‘Three Saints’ Temple’ at the edge of the town padang (town field).
The three saints are Kwan Woon Cheung, the saint of righteousness; the goddess Tin Hou, worshipped by fishermen; and the Emperor Min Cheong, worshipped by those who seek success in examinations. Before school exams you will find hopeful students at this temple, which was built by four Chinese communities: the Hakka, Cantonese, Hainanese and Teochew.
Kampung Buli Sim Sim is a stilt water village on the coast of Sandakan, located a couple of kilometres from the main city centre area. This is the original site of Sandakan when William Burges Pryer, the British Resident of Sandakan, established the township back in 21 June 1879. It's a very poor looking area with rundown wooden houses but has loads of character.
My friend actually managed to book us on this 3 day/2 night tour whilst we were in Sandakan. The idea of the tour is to provide a way for those wanting to see jungle wildlife on a budget and to raise awareness against the relentless logging. By all accounts Uncle Tan was a local legend in his fight for the conservation of the rainforest until his recent passing away and this centre is by far the most popular of the wildlife centres available in Sabah.
The camp is on a piece of Native Land near the Lokan River, a tributary of the Lower Kinabatangan River, located near a small village called Bukit Garam. The location of the camp gives it a definite remoteness so you can really appreciate the wildlife that lives in the rainforest and you'll definitely won't be disappointed if you're a nature lover. We really enjoyed seeing all the different species such as rare wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, Borneo gibbons, kingfishers, storks, hornbills and various creepy-crawlies. I've put all the names of what we were meant to have seen in a General tip as the guys at the camp wrote them all down on a whiteboard. The camp itself is verybasic - just huts with mattresses on the floor and the bathroom facilities feature WC's but you 'shower' using brown river water. You can find more about the camp accommodation on my Bukit Garam page below. The food was good and plentiful plus there are drinks including beer which you buy on top of the tour price. We paid RM320 back in March 2009 and this includes transportation, food, accommodation, guides, tea/coffee. I've included our itinerary from our tour with all the things we did and saw in some of my tips also on the following page: