Sepilok Rainforest to Mangrove (part 4 of 4)

Continued from part 3…
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Leaving Sepilok Laut

Before I left Sepilok this morning, I walked up to the lookout tower to take a final look of Sepilok mangrove.
morning of mangrove forest
So tranquil, so peaceful. I’ll miss this place.

crab-eating monkey
The long-tailed macaques have waked up early and foraging for food debris washed down from the kitchen.

jetty and boat
My boat is already waiting at the jetty. It’ll send me to Sandakan city. Since I travel alone, I request for a small boat. They have another nice and comfortable big boat for tourists.

leaving Sepilok Laut Mangrove Center
The boat departed at 8:30am. Bye bye Sepilok Laut! Bye bye Monkey!

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Tour package to Mari-Mari Cultural Village

map from Sepilok mangrove to Sandakan
Above is the route map. My boat will exit from Sepilok mangrove reserve to the estuary, then to the sea and heading to Sandakan. The boat ride takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the weather and sea condition.

Forestry staffs onboard
The forestry staff also followed. He was away from home for a week already.

mangrove river cruise

Beautiful mangrove river view.

Mangrove forest of Sepilok

In the beginning, our boat cruised along small river, then the river became wider and wider, soon we exited to the estuary.

leaving Sepilok reserved mangrove area
Above: the signage at the boundary of Sepilok mangrove forest reserve. Entering without a permit is a crime.

heading to Sandakan
At last we came to the open sea and headed to Sandakan. I felt so relax under the shower of warm sun ray in the morning, a huge contrast to the wet, dirty and dark forest in the previous day.

view of Sandakan
view of Sandakan
View of Sandakan industrial sites.
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Sandakan city in front
Yeah~ Sandakan city is in the view now.

arriving Sandakan
Approaching the jetty in Tanah Merah. You can see Puu Jih Temple on the hill.

Reaching Tanah Merah jetty
Arrived! That concluded my Sepilok trip. It is a wonderful journey!

Below is a 2-min-30-sec video of Sepilok mangrove river cruise:

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Planning for the Trip

Want to try the Sepilok trip? You may download the information below. I scanned it from the book “Guide to Forest Recreation & Education Centres” published by the Sabah Forestry Department. It contains all the info you need for the trip planning, e.g. pricing, contact, site details. Do not forget to apply for a permit from Sabah Forestry Department, before you visit the forest.

Download info of Sepilok Laut Mangrove Discovery Center

The most economic way is to travel in a group of 4 people, so you can share the cost of guide, room and charter boat.

For example, below are the expenses for group of 4 people:
1. Guide Fee: RM50
2. Park Entrance Fee: RM2 x 4 pax (Note: RM2 for Malaysian adult. RM5 for foreign adult)
3. Accommodation: RM100 (1 room with 4 beds)
4. Charter Boat: RM150
The TOTAL cost is RM208, if shared by a group of 4 people, it’s only RM52 (about USD16) per person.

Or you can choose not to stay overnight, and turn back to the starting point (or rent a boat to go to Sandakan) on the same day, to make it a day trip.
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Update (Nov 2012)!

The jungle trail to Sepilok Laut Reception Centre (SLRC) is changed. You may want to read the new upgrade and latest change of SLRC facilities here.

Photos taken in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

4 thoughts on “Sepilok Rainforest to Mangrove (part 4 of 4)

  1. A very nice read, I am glad you decided to stick with videos. Made me feel like getting a better camera for better videos (my FZ5 only records them in QVGA resolution).

  2. TQ Emily, video adds more work but it’s a worthwhile effort. I should had started doing it few years back.

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