Orang Utan and Sun Bear Tour

Observe orangutans at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and learn about the smallest bear in the world and learn about them at Borneo Sun Bear Conservations Centre

The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, is the best chance to see sun bears and orangutas in Sabah. Sighting of Bornean orangutan - the most charismatic and recognisable creature, is a major tourist draw card for Sabah. This centre was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang utan. Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, the Centre under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah attracts tourists and researchers alike, giving them the opportunity to watch the orang utan up close in their natural habitat. At the same time, the forest setting gives the orangutans the freedom to come and go returning to the forest when they like. A boardwalk leads you to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day at 10:00am and 3:00pm by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.If you are short on time and want to maximise your experience Sepilok is definitely worth the stopover. Visitors are restricted to walkways. Some orang utan have become familiar with people but touching them is strongly discouraged, and while the apes are naturally shy and gentle, the more mischievous ones may try to grab your camera or hat, in which case you should call for a ranger as trying to wrestle the 200 pound apes may not be a good idea.

While orang utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, it also focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros.

The sun bear is the smallest, most arboreal and least studied bear. It is the second rarest bear species, after the giant panda. Their name comes from the pale horseshoe shape on their chests, which is said to resemble the setting or rising sun. No two markings are the same. They have a very long tongue at 20 – 25cm. This helps them extract honey from bee hives, earning them the alternative name ‘honey bear’ or ‘beruang madu’ in Malay and Indonesian. Sun bears live in tropical lowland forests and are the only bear in SE Asia. They are mainly diurnal and do not hibernate but build nests in trees to sleep in. They are omnivores and primarily eat invertebrates, fruit and honey.As per BSBCC, the bear was taken from the wild, likely from its mother at an age so young that his eyes were not even open yet. The site includes a number of forest enclosures that have been build around remnant jungle so that the bears can live in an environment that simulates their natural habitat. The bears are free to roam around their enclosures and climb trees, which they are incredibly good at. The centre focuses on four main areas welfare and rehabilitation, education, research and conservation action so that these bears can have a better life and a chance to return to the wild.

Insider tips:
  • Recommend to bring : raincoat (wet season Nov - Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal medications.
  • Price not included camera fee.
  • Whole trip takes about 4/4.5 hours.
Additional Information:
  • Min. Participant(s):  2 Persons To Go (child does not counted) 
  • This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. 
  • To book at least:  14 day(s) in advance


2 Working Days
Half Day
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Present to Tour Operator
No Amendments Allowed
No Refunds Allowed

What You Get


  • Return transfer service
  • Entrance fee
  • Tour guide
  • Tourist transportation insurance 


  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Food & Drinks 

How To Buy

1. Purchase online

2. Email the following information to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg for booking of the tour:


  • Your Order Number
  • Hotel Details (Name, address and contact number)
  • Name and passport number of each traveller


3. Receive a second email confirmation with the tour details

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.


* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.


How to Get There

Hotel Pick Up Information:

  • Time: 8.30am
  • Please note: Pick up will start at 8:30am
  • Kindly indicate your hotel name and address
  • Please be at your hotel lobby 15-20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. No refunds will be given for latecomers and no-shows
  • As this is a shared transfer, please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays along the pickup route



The pickup time is for reference only, actual time may be vary depends on number of visitors, distance, season, weather and road conditions, should be within 15 minutes.

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