Sandakan, Malaysia Cruise Port

Sandakan, which was formerly known as Elopura, is the second biggest town in Sabah region in Malaysia. The town is located on the Northeastern side of the island of Borneo on the East coast and is host to the administrative capital of the division that goes by the same name. Sandakan started experiencing commercial growth in 1879, when the British North Borneo Company built a settlement there that saw it develop into a trading center. It was destroyed in World War II and later rebuilt. Currently, the town is one of the main ports for trade in the country and a hub for eco-tourism. Featured below are some of the recommended experiences, attractions, and activities that visitors could enjoy after cruising to Sandakan, Malaysia:
 
  • Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. It was opened in 1964 and is the very first orangutan rehabilitation program for orphaned orangutans that were rescued from logging sites, illegal hunting, and a number of other non-conducive environments.
     
  • Another worth-while destination is the Turtle Island Park, which is close to Sandakan on the Turtle Islands. Here, visitors get a chance to view the hawksbill and green turtles, and learn all about the turtle conservation efforts being carried out in the region, which is a turtle nesting area.
     
  • Adventurers should pay a visit to the Gomatong Caves that are found inside the Sabah Forest Department Reserve. Visitors can explore the forest and caves on foot as they enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Malaysian town, and the flora and fauna.
     
  • Visitors should also take the time to visit the Sandakan Memorial Park. It is located on the site where the Japanese Prisoner of War camp originally was, and is dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the Second World War's Borneo Death Marches.

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