Borneo local project: Reef Guardian

Reef Guardian was established in 2004 to fully manage 46,317 hectares marine conservation area (named Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area, or in short, SIMCA) at the northeast coast of Sabah. These marine conservation areas are located within the high marine biodiversity Coral Triangle and consist of 3 islands used as nesting grounds for the sea turtles.

You can visit the Reef Guardian office on Lankayan Island as part of our Castaway Beach on Lankayan Island trip. While you’re there you may get the opportunity to watch baby turtles be released after hatching. You could also spot turtles swimming across the sea bed as you snorkel the beautiful coral reefs.

Watch our video to see Reef guardian in action

How do we support Reef Guardian?

We’re really passionate about giving something back to the destinations and communities that we work with. That’s why £5 of the value of every Borneo booking will always be contributed to our local project: Reef Guardian. Of course, if you’d like to donate more, that’s no problem. Just let us know.

Where does my money go?

The money you donate goes a long way and really helps Reef Guardian with the amazing work they do. When you donate, you’re contributing towards:

  • SIMCA enforcement
  • Marine conservation
  • Environmental control
  • Education
  • Eco-tourism

Tell me more


  • You can read more about Reef Guardian on their Facebook page
  • Keep up to date with our charities and responsible travel efforts on our blog
  • If you would like to find out additional ways to help or wish to adopt a nest on Lankayan Island please email:
Releasing turtles in Borneo


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“I loved my first trip to Borneo so much that I recently returned to explore more! Best known for its orangutan, the island is full of adventure and variety. My customers often wow me with their wildlife photos, which makes me want to go back again and again!”

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