Rainforest Discovery Centre
A visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre is relaxing, educational, fun, and adventurous - all at the same time.
The Rainforest Discovery Centre or RDC is a must for all nature lovers. Visitors can hike the many trails within the ancient Kabili-Sepilok Rainforest, view the top of the forest on the canopy walkway, and learn about Borneo’s rainforests at the Visitor Building or Plant Discovery Garden.
The centre is located in Sepilok, about 23 kilometres from the nearest town of Sandakan and 17 kilometres from Sandakan Airport.
Opening Days and Hours
The ticketing counter is open daily from 08:00 to 17:00, while the trails are open until 19:00. Night walk tours are also available from 18:00 to 20:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The adult entrance fee is RM 7 (USD 1.70) for Malaysians and RM 15 (USD 3.65) for foreigners. For children aged 5 – 17 years old, the fee costs RM 3 (USD 0.73) for locals and RM 5 (USD 1.22) ringgit for foreigners. Children younger than 5 years old can enter for free. Night walk tours must be pre-booked at the ticket counter by 16:30 on the day of the tour, and costs RM 30 (USD 7.30) per person for a minimum of 4 people.
How to Get There
The RDC is accessible by road with a 45-minute ride from Sandakan or a 30-minute ride from the airport. Taxis and public buses are available from Sandakan centre, but you can only take private taxis from the airport. If you are taking the bus, tell the bus driver to stop at the junction and walk about 5 minutes to the Rainforest Discovery Centre. A parking area is available.
The centre is suitable for people of all ages interested in exploring the rainforest or just being surrounded by nature.
Time to Spend
The RDC is massive and you will need more than a full day to explore every forest trail open to tourists. However, half a day is sufficient for the canopy walkway, 1 to 2 trails, and the Plant Discovery Garden.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Due to the tropical heat around noon time, it is best to visit early in the morning or late afternoon.
Forest hike, canopy walk, bird-watching, night walking, garden visit, and boat rides (only on weekends)
There is a small cafe in the centre that sells drinks, ice-cream, and a limited choice of local food. You may bring your own food or eat at one of the restaurants in the centre of Sepilok, which is about 2.5 kilometres away.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
There are a mid-range forest lodge and bed and breakfast within a short walking distance to the centre. There are no 5-star hotels near here.
Good to Know
Bring lots of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and binoculars if you want to spot for wildlife.