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Gateway to extraordinary wildlife and eco-tourism

The second largest city in Sabah lies on the north eastern corner of the island and looks out across the mouth of teal-blue Sandakan Bay. A former centre of commerce, the city was heavily bombed during World War II and while much was destroyed, the city is dotted with religious relics and stunning colonial mansions.

Why visit?

  • Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary
  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Canopy Walk
  • Gomantong Caves
  • Kinabatangan River
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The facts:

Getting there: There are no direct flights from the UK to Sandakan. The flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan takes around 45 minutes.

Best time to travel: March to October are considered the best months for travel as November to February can bring more rain. However, rainforest areas can be unpredictable so rain can occur at any time, even if just a short sharp downpour.

Sandakan climate:

Sandakan Climate Chart