Walai Penyu Resort Libaran
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.