Green turtles -- lots of them coming ashore to lay their eggs.
And lots more little baby turtles hatching and making their way out to sea.
All of that happens mostly at night.
By day, beaches and clear water beckons snorklers.
When we arrived in Sandakan we found an eco tourism company and arranged our overnight trip to Turtle Island and then an expedition to the Kinabatangan River to look for orangutans. It was actually easy to do this without any prior arrangements.
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The Boat to Turtle Islands Borneo
At night you are restricted to the grounds of the small research and accommodation area.... You must stay in camp and wait. Then, with a guide, you can hike down to the beach with flashlights and see one digging her nest about 12 to 18 inches deep and laying 40-190 eggs.
These turtles have been doing this for millions of years, so how much help do they really need? As much as we can give them in the way of protection. All over the world, populations of Green Turtles are threatened or endangered, so this group of protected islands is very important to their survival overall.
Malaysia has much to offer. We had a wonderful experience on Turtle Islands Borneo, but even after we found orangutans, we felt we only explored a small bit of the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo.
There are wonderful national parks on Peninsular Malaysia. One park that is on our wish list is Taman Negara National Park. It protects one of the world's oldest rainforests... older than the Amazon or the Congo. A large part of Taman Negara lies in the Malaysian state of Pahang. Our friends at Pahang-delights.com have that national park right in their backyard. Nothing like having a local to tell you what to see. We hope to go some day.
If you want a touch of the exotic and would like to see wildlife. Give serious consideration to Malaysia. We found it very easy to travel there.
Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark
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