Travel to Sandakan today (80 miles, two hours), pausing en route at the Gomantong Caves where precious edible birds’ nests – considered a delicacy in China – are collected.
Swiftlets nest in the caves and twice a year their used and empty nests are harvested from high up. Continue to Sandakan where you'll visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. The proboscis monkeys are only found in parts of Borneo and with a diminishing habitat it has become increasingly difficult for them to find food. Located amid the mangroves in a region of vast palm oil plantations, this private sanctuary provides food and water each day to supplement their diet. Watch from the observation platform where, hopefully, you'll be able to see these fascinating and rare creatures, the males distinguished by their distinctive, pendulous noses and pot bellies!
Stay two nights at the 4-star Sabah Hotel (3Q). It is located near the town centre, yet still surrounded by attractive rainforest. Facilities include a choice of restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, a gymnasium, steam room and sauna, and a souvenir and gift shop. All 116 guest rooms are air conditioned and have a television, telephone, radio, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-fridge, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. Safety deposit boxes are available at reception. B, L, D
Accommodation Name: Sabah Hotel