Witness the Endangered Proboscis Monkey Up Close

Young female Proboscis monkeys playing around a tree stump

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Proboscis monkeys having lunch at the Labuk Bay Sanctuary platform

Tour Includes

  • English speaking guide;
  • road transfers as mentioned;
  • entry fee;
  • 1 feeding session;

Tour Excludes

  • Airfares and video / camera fees;

Proboscis Monkeys are strange and unusual creatures found only in the jungles of Borneo and is an endangered species.

Immediately recognizable by their prominent noses, proboscis monkeys are locally known as “Monyet Belanda” or Dutch Monkeys or sometimes just Dutchmen. This is in reference to the European settlers of yesteryear who were said to have similarly large noses and bellies.

The nose has a practical application however, as it amplifies warning sounds and mating calls. When excited the nose swells with blood and turns red, enabling even louder sounds.

The bulbous appendage also commands bragging rights, as the size of the nose is related to a male’s attractiveness to female proboscis monkeys, who have similarly shaped, but significantly smaller noses.

Male proboscis getting ready to assert his dominance with a nasal call

Proving a Safe Haven for Endanger Monkeys

At Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary outside Sandakan, proboscis monkeys thrive in a proboscis utopia of sorts, located in the middle of a mangrove swamp on the banks of a river.

It’s the ideal habitat for healthy, happy proboscis monkeys.

The Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary is maintained by an oil palm plantation owner who became fascinated by these creatures and decided to preserve their habitat instead of turning it into more oil palm plantation.

Regular feeding times supplement the proboscis’ diet. Due to the areas surrounding the sanctuary being mostly oil palm plantations, food sources are sometimes limited.

It also provides opportunity for tourists to observe the proboscis from nearby and watch their family dynamics. Regular sightings of infants underlines the success of the sanctuary in helping strengthen the population numbers of this species.

The Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary program is available as a day trip from Kota Kinabalu, or as an addition to one of our other Wildlife Adventure Programs.


Meet at 08:00 upon arrive at Sandakan airport or in the lobby of your Sandakan hotel (including Sepilok Nature Resort).

A male proboscis leveraging the soundboard capabilities of his big nose to make big noise

Drive 45 minutes to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary through oil palm plantations to where you will get the opportunity to view proboscis monkeys from the observation area at close range.

Pick-up time is roughly 1.5 hours before feeding times, which takes place:

  • Platform A: 09:30 & 14:30
  • Platform B: 11:30 & 16:30

After the program you will be transfered back to Sandakan airport or you will be dropped off at your hotel in Sandakan.

The return duration of the program is roughly 3 hours.

Suggested Items to Bring

Binoculars, insect repellent, raincoat / poncho, good walking shoes and a hat.

A female and male proboscis monkey shooting the breeze at Labuk Bay