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Walai Penyu Re­sort Libaran

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Culture -

Pu­lau Libaran, San­dakan (08 826 0263/www.walaipenyure­sort.com). Over on East Malaysia there’s a lit­tle is­land not many peo­ple will have heard of, and if you’re ex­pect­ing a typ­i­cal is­land get­away with lots of ac­tion, this isn’t for you. Lo­cated on the north­east coast of San­dakan, the is­land’s main draws are the hawks­bill and Pa­cific green tur­tles that nest and lay their eggs on the quiet beaches. There’s an ac­tive tur­tle con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme where eggs are col­lected and put in a hatch­ery, and that also ed­u­cates both the lo­cals and visi­tors on the im­por­tance of th­ese crea­tures. Ev­ery­one’s favourite ac­tiv­ity is re­leas­ing the baby tur­tles back into the sea, which is some­thing ev­ery kid will take away as an amaz­ing hol­i­day mem­ory.

There isn’t much choice in terms of places to stay, but a good place to bring the fam­ily is the Walai Penyu Re­sort Libaran, where com­fort­able, clean tent ac­com­mo­da­tion is set up on a raised deck on the beach. There’s a restau­rant and proper bath­room and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties. Visi­tors don’t stay long as there re­ally isn’t much to do, but a two-day onenight glamp­ing pack­age here is a good in­tro­duc­tion for the kids and re­luc­tant adults.

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