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Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Viewing times at 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
Mile 19, Jalan Labuk, Sandakan, Sabah, 90000

The basics

Explore the sanctuary via a series of wooden boardwalks that end in two observation platforms, from which you’ll likely see hundreds of proboscis monkeys feasting on guava and cucumber— sometimes, silverleaf monkeys and hornbills also make an appearance. Wildlife tours from Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu typically stop at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary for feeding time. Excursions also tend to visit the nearby Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

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Labuk Bay Proboscis, Sepilok Orang Utan & Sun Bear + Sandakan City Tour + Lunch
Labuk Bay Proboscis, Sepilok Orang Utan & Sun Bear + Sandakan City Tour + Lunch
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$120.43 per adult
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Well worth it to see so much of the Sandakan area in 1 Day
Unfortunately, the Orangutan Rehab center closed unexpectedly the week we were there, so the tour company substituted the Rainforest discovery center (RDC) instead. While we were disappointed at not seeing the orangutans, the tour was excellent and our guide (Azman?) was friendly and knowledgeable. It was nice to see sun bears foraging around their habitat, and the proboscis monkeys were interesting and entertaining to watch as they came for their meal. We got up close with a few short tailed macaques at the RDC as we experienced the forest from the canopy walk, suspension bridge and on the ground. The city tour was interesting too, especially the view from the Puu Jih Shih temple, and the Sim Sim floating village.
Walter_E, Mar 2022

Things to know before you go

  • The proboscis monkeys that inhabit the sanctuary are wild, therefore touching, feeding, and close contact are completely prohibited.
  • Stairs and uneven surfaces mean that Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible.
  • There’s an admission fee to enter the sanctuary; parking and restrooms are available on-site. However, there are no shops, so bring plenty of water with you.
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How to get there

The sanctuary is located 24 miles (38 kilometers) from Sandakan and can be reached by car; take Jalan Labuk toward Kota Kinabalu, turn off at Mile 19, and follow the dirt road 9.3 miles (15 kilometers) to the sanctuary. To avoid navigating dirt roads, opt for a tour that includes round-trip transfers.

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When to get there

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is open daily from morning until early evening; feeding time occurs four times throughout the day, twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon. Check the sanctuary website for specific times.

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Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

A short drive from Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, you’ll find Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, arguably the most famous of Borneo’s wildlife conservation centers. The center is dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned orangutans and invites you to admire the fire-colored primates from a series of wooden observation decks and the air-conditioned nursery. In the visitor center, you can watch a film that details the poignant plight of the endangered species.

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