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Visitor Information

We look forward to welcoming you to the Danau Girang Field Centre.  The following provides useful information for your stay at the centre.


Sabah enjoys an equatorial climate with temperatures commonly above 30° celsius and high humidity.  


Boats at Danau Girang jetty © DGFC

The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the main airport in Sabah. A number of domestic and international flights operate from this airport. You could choose to stay at a hotel in Kota Kinabalu for the night, or you can travel directly to DGFC, however you should be aware that travel between Kota Kinabalu and DGFC takes between 6-8 hours.  You can also choose to fly directly to Sandakan from Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysian Airlines or Air Asia.

Travel information is available from DGFC giving all the details about ways of travelling between the international airport in Kota Kinabalu and DGFC. Please inform the DGFC Director, Dr Benoît Goossens, of your arrival details once known.

When planning your travel, please remember:

A visa may be necessary for visitors from some countries. Please visit the Malaysian Embassy for further information. 

For scientists who wish to carry out research in Sabah, they must apply for an access licence from the Sabah Biodiversity Centre. For more information on research permits and rules and regulations to carry out research at Danau Girang Field Centre please contact the Centre Director, Dr Benoît Goossens.

You should ensure that your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Malaysia.

Travel light. You should be able to carry your luggage at all times. Watch your luggage at all times and never let go of your travel documents and money.

Carry a photocopy of all your important documents: passport, visa, tickets, itinerary and emergency contacts. It is also a good idea to leave a copy of these documents with someone at home.

Malaysia has a return-ticket policy for tourists, and visitors should have a flight out of Malaysia booked prior to departing your home country.

Field Trip participants


As far in advance as possible before departure, (ideally 6 months), it is strongly recommended that you consult with a travel health specialist regarding what immunisations and medications you should consider for your trip. We strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against typhoid, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A.

Mosquitoes abound all year round and insect repellent is strongly recommended along with appropriate clothing to wear at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are the most active. If you are particularly sensitive to insect bites, please bring your own antihistamine cream and tablets, as well as your own mosquito net.

All field staff (permanently based at the centre) are trained in first aid and search and rescue procedures. The centre is also in direct contact with a local company Fieldskills which can provide a forest safety course at the beginning of your field course for a fee if requested prior to field course commencement. You may wish to bring your own medicines for common ailments such as diarrhoea, colds etc. In case of emergency, the student/staff will be transported by boat to the nearest village  (Batu Putih) where a car (4x4) is available for transportation. The nearest hospital is about 20 minutes drive (Kota Kinabatangan) for minor intervention. For major intervention, the nearest hospital is in Sandakan, about 1h30 by car. A field course risk presentation is provided to all students and students will sign appropriate waivers at the start of the field course.

It is strongly recommended that you take out a travel health insurance policy as all expenses related to any health problem or accident will be your own responsibility. DGFC will not be liable for injury, damage or loss to person or property.


There are various categories of costs depending on category of visitor (long-term overseas scientists, overseas volunteers, professional training year students etc.) and duration of visit.  Discount will be given for field courses over four weeks. 

There are various categories of costs depending on category of visitor (long-term overseas scientists, overseas volunteers, professional training year students etc.) and duration of visit.  

Costs generally cover:

  1. conservation fee
  2. transportation Sandakan/DGFC return
  3. transportation by boat (engine and fuel)
  4. accommodation
  5. food (full board)
  6. linen and towels
  7. access to the facilities at DGFC

All event participants are asked to complete an enquiry form (request the form from Dr Benoit Goossens, which should be returned to DGFC as early as possible. This will ensure that participants receive all necessary correspondence and will enable DGFC to make suitable arrangements for your arrival. 

Once DGFC has received your enquiry form you will be sent a quotation and once the quotation is accepted you will be sent an invoice and the bank account details.  For field courses, the total amount for the whole stay must be transferred 30 days before arrival. For students, interns and volunteers, 10% of the total amount must be transferred after reception of the invoice to confirm your stay and 90% must be transferred 30 days before arrival.

For further information:

Dr Benoît Goossens

Telephone: +60 (0)128364005 Location: Lot 6, Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia
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