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The biggest attraction one could do while visiting the Sepilok lowland tropical forest would be watching the orangutans. Watching only the orangutans, that is: because this formidable stretch of wilderness-wisely preserved and just a few miles away from the modern hustle and bustle of Sandakan offers an unequal opportunity to observe the utterly complex mechanisms of nature at work in the tropics and in comfort.
It is then - and only then - that one will be able to hear the hypnotic, cicada-like song of the tree frogs, the booming, cackling call of the great hornbill, the soft rustling of the dead leaves on the forest floor at the passing of a bronze skink. Only then the metallic shine of spider eyes will be apparent, only then the dead brown little branch will start walking with the hesitant steps of the stick insect, and it is only then that the bright green leaf buds on a low shrub will suddenly take the coiled shape of the pit viper waiting in ambush.
After having admired for as long as needed the delicate grace of the big red-haired apes with their extraordinary prowess in tree-climbing and upside-down vine-dangling, and after having been dutifully moved to the depth of their heart by their soulful gaze (no other primate looks at you like an orangutan does), the visitors should stay a little longer in the forest and take a leisurely stroll along the well marked trail in the company of a biologist and guide from the Rehabilitation Center.

Guest comments

Can I use a different word other than awesome.
-Jeff-


Service is awesome, felt at home. Loads to do for the kids, Friendly.
-Ben-


comment Kapalai is fantastic. Comfortable chalets, crystal clear water, abundant marine species and magnificent surrounding. sunset was a sight. will return again.
-Nara-


Tony & friends would like to say a big Thank you to everyone, we really enjoy the dives, the food ,hospitaliy and of course the services. Everybody are so friendly. We will come back for sure.
-Tony-


for the second time a went to kapalai. I had again a GREAT time ... The divemasters are nice and funny! ( Francis & Dhon Dhon)
-Sarina-


Me and my family where here in july 2006. Upon 18 februari 2007 we will be back. Kapalai resort is fabulous, good food, charming people and divemasters. we are looking forward to dive again at sipadan, mabul and kapalai.
-Patrick-


Stayed in Kapalai for 8 days and I felt sad leaving but it\'s a definite that I\'ll visit them again next year. Sending kisses and hugs to all from the Dive guides to servers to boatman and helpers Love you all.
-Ross & Stacy-