Glamping with Turtles at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island – What’s Cool? What’s Not?

What the experience is all about

Turtle watching at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan
Turtle watching at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan [Source: Agoda]

Libaran Turtle Island is a beautiful getaway located off the coast of Sandakan. It is a mere 45 minutes boat ride away from the Sandakan Yacht Club. This island is a turtle hatchery and conservation centre, and is a once in a lifetime experience. Catch a turtle laying eggs, witness the hatching of ping pong sized eggs, and watch the little hatchlings make their way into the open sea.

At Walai Penyu Resort, experience a unique time glamping underneath the stars, in a place where exhaust fumes and light pollution don’t exist. Relax at the beach, take walks around the island and be inspired by the wonders of nature.

Stay in tents which are simply furnished and clean, fitted with a small desk, clean linen sheets and complimentary bottled water. This is a family friendly resort, and kids under 5 stay for free!

Releasing hatchlings at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan
Releasing hatchlings at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan [Source: FB]

What You Get

Available lodging options: Tents which fit 2 adults (and 2 children)

Standard Tent at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan
Standard Tent at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan [Source: Agoda]

Bathroom options: Shared bathrooms

Clean Shared Bathrooms at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan
Clean Shared Bathrooms at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan [Source: FB]

Cheapest option: RM785 /night for a tent (fits 2 adults and 2 children below 5)

Most expensive option: RM1080 /night for a tent (fits 2 adults and 2 children below 5)

Meal arrangements: All meals are included in packages

Day trips available: Yes (you can visit the Turtle Conservation Park)

What can we do there? Beach activities, snorkelling, hiking, canoeing, turtle watching, turtle hatching, learn about turtles at conservation centre, visit nearby village

Natural Beach at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan
Natural Beach at Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, Sandakan [Source: FB]

Reviews

What people love: Great guides, delicious food, comfortable tents, clean showers and toilets, sounds of nature, watching turtles and hatchlings, away from tourist crowds, not commercialized, beautiful island

What people wish were different: Expensive for what it is, can get really hot in tents, mosquitoes

Experience levels if you go for the most basic option shown in table below:

Adventure LevelMedium
Nature ImmersionMaximum
Cultural ImmersionMinimum
Relaxation LevelMedium
Roughing itMedium
Suitable for young children?Yes, absolutely!
Mobile connectivityLimited to None – You’ll actually have to *gasp*…talk

Location & Contact

Location: Walai Penyu Resort, Libaran Island, 90009 Sandakan

URL: www.facebook.com/walaipenyuresort

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