SANDAKAN, SABAH - WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Explore The Rainforest Discovery Centre
The Rainforest Discovery Centre is situated about 25km to the west of Sandakan City. It is easily reachable from Sandakan by either public transport to Sepilok (Bus 14 - approx MYR 6), by private taxi or by Grab taxi (which we find to be the best balance of cost and convenience at approx MYR 30-35). The journey from Sandakan will take between 30-45 minutes.
Although the centre is mostly visited during the day, a night walk is also available from Monday to Friday at an additional fee. You will, however, need to register for the night walk at the ticketing counter before they close at 5pm and the walk itself takes place between 6pm-8pm. We registered for the night walk as soon as we arrived in Sepilok, to secure our place, as the group is limited to a maximum of 10 people. If there are less than 4 people, or if you would prefer a private guide, then you will need to pay the equivalent for 4 people.
We enjoyed the night walk experience as it is very different walking through the rain-forest in the dark and you have the opportunity so see a few nocturnal creatures. The guides were absolutely excellent with such keen trained eyes and really made an effort to ensure that everyone got to see anything that they spotted. That being said, don't expect to see large primates! It is more about the overall night time experience and spotting and observing the smaller insects and creatures.