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Sepilok Nature Resort Review

Sabah Sepilok Nature Resort

The Sepilok Nature Resort is one of the premium lodges to stay when visiting this part of the Sepilok-Kabali Forest Reserve.

The resort is near the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and doubles as an orchid or nature lovers' paradise.

This is my review of the Sepilok Nature Resort, which is done for anyone who plans to come here and stay for their nature or birdwatching adventure.

Sepilok Nature Resort Review

On my arrival at the resort, I was thrilled to find a unique collection of rare Borneo Orchids growing throughout the resort. And this is a bonus for anyone who loves flowers or flora.

The rooms are well spread throughout the resort grounds, while a portion of the resort sits over a pond.

Along the walkways to the chalets, there were many species I had not seen before, so it was an excellent stay for me.

I would also like to add that this was one of my first few birdwatching trips to Sabah and Sepilok was one of the first few places I did birding.

Sepilok Nature Resort Sabah
The entrance sign.

As the resort is a quick drive to the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, my guide picked me up in the morning, and I recall it being only a five-minute drive there.

So if you are seeking somewhere central to be based while exploring the many nature places around Sandakan, this would be a good recommendation. 

Sepilok Nature Resort entrance.

The picture above shows the main building of the Sepilok Nature Resort. Excellent use of natural resources to build the structure was one of the things that impressed me on my visit here. 

The entire resort used natural wood, and all the chalets units were 85% built from wood to provide guests with a rustic ambience.

Photos of Sepilok Nature Resort

The main entrance to the resort.

Resort at night while the restaurant area is built over the pond.

The main restaurant area of the resort.

 Outdoor lounge area by the pond.

 Eco-Tour rates are offered by the resort.

List of birds Sepilok
Sepilok Wildlife and Birdwatching List.

 Gecko was spotted outside the chalet.

Chalet room, very spacious.

Bathroom inside the main chalet.

 View of the bathroom in the chalet.

 Continental breakfast served.

 Staghorn Fern at Sepilok, Sabah.

Overall, I would highly recommend staying here as the service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the resort was perfect for all kinds of travellers.

I would also like to thank the Sabah Tourism Board for organizing this trip and one of the most senior and experienced nature guides - Old Man Ben. His vast knowledge about Sepilok and its surroundings was awe-inspiring throughout my journey here.

For more information about the resort, you can visit the official site, which caters to a one-stop package for scuba diving at Lankayan Island, Eco-Tourism in Sandakan, and Kinabatangan Packages, and anything nature-related. 

Address for Sepilok Nature Resort Sabah;
Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn Bhd.
Block C, Ground Floor, Lot 38 & 39, Mile 6,
Bandar Tyng, 90000 Sandakan,
Sabah, Malaysia.
Telephone: (6089) 673999 / 674999 / 675999
Website: Sepilok Nature Resort

Sabah SNR
Sepilok Nature Resort is also known as SNR.

For those who appreciate some natural Bornean rainforest adventures, you can also read my article on why Sandakan is the best wildlife destination in Malaysia.

Sandakan is also a laid-back town, so do not expect modern shopping malls or what you usually see in the big cities. It's also known as Little Hong Kong.

During my two days of stay here, I also found the time and visit the Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC), a beautiful place for nature lovers. The best time to visit this place is either in the early mornings or late evenings.

And a must not miss place is the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, which is a stone's throw from the RDC. Both of these places are rated as must-visit spots in Sandakan.

Rare Orchid Sabah
Some beautiful orchids are found around the resort.


For anyone looking for more activities to do around this part of Sabah, here is a list of 10 things to do in Sandakan compiled by me during my many trips here.

Overall, this city will suit any nature lover who wants to explore this part of Borneo, a total change from Kota Kinabalu on the west coast. This is a perfect nature-loving place that also practices responsible tourism.

The resort is not budget styled and is the best in its class here, so I hope you enjoyed reading my  Sepilok Nature Resort review and that you will one day plan a stay here.

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Unknown said…
great place. hope can be there one day
Malaysia Asia said…
Thanks E.d.Y. It's a fun place only if you love nature. Plus, bring that 300-500mm lens if you're into photography.

CathJ said…
Great... love the room size... huge!!
Traveling Ted said…
Nice picture of the gecko.
Laurel said…
I really, really, want to go to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center as I almost did a Master's degree studying primates. Love that the resort is eco-friendly as well. I'm very jealous.
The Dropout said…
Sepilok Nature Resort is definitely on my list. Thanks for this info.
Malaysia Asia said…
Thanks everyone for the comments. To book for this place, you can simply email them for information.

I tried dining by the pond and it was really romantic with the night jungle insect sounds.

Ted, waiting for you to visit here!

Malaysia Asia said…
Desiree, thank you so much for the kind words. Indeed Malaysia is one of a kind provided you have the luxury of time to explore the many places and cultures offered throughout East and West Malaysia.