Accommodation, Northern Coast and Islands

Selingan Island Chalets

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The accommodation here is very basic, being simple air-conditioned twin-bed chalets with electricity and shared bathrooms but is clean and functional. However it is the unforgettable turtle experience on Selingan Island that makes up for the lack of amenities.

Selingan Island is the largest of the turtle islands in the Selingan Marine National Park. The island has beautiful white-sand beaches, good snorkelling and is famed for its breeding population of green turtles.

Selingan Island is special because high numbers of green turtles come to the island throughout the year, making it one of the most reliable places in the world to observe their egg-laying.

Visit the park hatchery to see the transplantation of eggs and help return the young turtles to the sea. The most exciting event is at night when rangers call small groups of guests to witness the adult females laying. During the day it is possible to snorkel in the shallow waters around the island where a small coral reef is present, but the diversity of marine fauna is generally low.

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Selingan Island Chalets 6.116898, 118.021646 Selingan Island ChaletsView

Facilities

Shared bathrooms, air-conditioning, dining room and communal area with bar.

Local Wildlife

Green turtles nest year round on the island but are most abundant between May and September. Water monitor lizards are often found in the interior of the island and a reasonable diversity of birds is present too. There is a small community of corals and several species of colourful reef fish can be seen.

Optional Activities

Visit the park hatchery to see the transplantation of eggs and help return young turtles to the sea. Night excursion to witness egg- laying. Snorkelling is possible in the shallow sea but it is not a very rich area for snorkelling compared to other islands.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Borneo tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We had a brilliant trip to Borneo and (apart from Clouded Leopard) we saw everything we anticipated and more.  If we were doing it again we would probably add another night or two to Deramakot and leave rest the same.  Deramakot is a fantastic location, so remote and peaceful. Accommodation is basic but adequate considering the location. We were actually the only guests there most of the time.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge – fantastic location, enhanced by our upgrade to a deluxe chalet with a view across the river. We woke at 5am on the first morning and watched a male Orangutan vacate his nest in the tree right above us and climb down nearer to us and start finding his breakfast while we were in the outside bath!  Amazing.

Mrs ML - Wrestlingworth