After a long day watching the proboscis monkeys, silver-leaf monkey and hornbills at Labuk Bay, Nipah Resort offers guests a good night sleep at the wonderful surrounding of the swampy forest. One would like to know that nipah is a local tree which belongs to the palm family. Guests can choose the exclusive chalets which were built on stilt and wooden structure, and these chalets also blend in well with the surrounding nature. Each chalet comes with a king size bed or twin bed, air-conditioner, and an attached bathroom. For a good relaxing time, guests can sit down at the classy balcony at the front of the chalet. Here guests can absorb the calm nature of the swampy forest, where only the sound of insects can be heard, a big contrast from the big city night life. The chalet would be an excellent choice for couples.
For the bigger group like next of kin the family house will be just right. The larger chalet contains a living room plus dining area, and three bedrooms. Each bedroom has a built-in bathroom equipped with cold and hot shower. Six to eight persons can easily fit in. The family house also has a small balcony with sitting area. Talking about early bird, one might get to see hornbills munching fruits on some of the trees right around the building.
For the budget conscious individuals or student groups, they will find that the dormitories at Nipah Lodge very convenient. The dormitories are divided into four rooms, and these rooms can easily accommodate up to sixty individuals. No air-conditions here but fans are provided in each room. The washroom is huge, as many as twenty persons can use it at any given time, and the washrooms are divided into gent and lady sections. The dormitories are also surrounded by the swampy forest, and a short walk is needed for one to get to the Nipah cafe.
Note: all the accommodation buildings are built on stilts and a short distance away from the Nipah Cafe, which is also where the reception office is located.
|Room Type||No. of Unit||Price|
|Dormitory||60 beds||RM 28|
|The Chalet||6||RM 180|
|Family House||2||RM 500|
All the above prices include breakfast.
The Nipah Cafe serves a mixture of local and western cusinies. The menu also has a few choices on set dinner. Beers, soft drinks and local drinks are also available. The Nipah Cafe business hours are from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm.
For the adventurous travellers, Nipah Lodge has an almost 1km long wooden boardwalk that zig-zag towards the sea. The walk would provide a great opportunity for visitors to experience the swampy nipah forests. Here visitors can absorb the beautiful surroundings of the wetland, which is covered with mangrove trees and other vegetation, where the Proboscis monkeys called their home.
How to go there? There are daily flights from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan. The two main airlines that service this route are Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines. From Sandakan city or Sandakan Airport travel on the North road and eventually North road will link up to Labuk Bay Road. At KM 31 turn into Jalan Sps 3, which is on oil palm plantation road. From here look out for the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Signboard. Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary aslo provides coach to Labuk Bay from Sandakan Hotel daily at 9:30am, RM 15 one way.
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
KM 31, Jalan Sps 3, Kg Sungai Tiram, Labuk Road, Sandakan.
tel: +6089 672 177 / +6089 674 133
Nipah Lodge Gallery:
The Chalet (Double Bed)
The Chalet (Twin Bed)
The Family House
The Mangrove Forest