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Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island    

  A197, 34400, Simpang Empat Semanggol, Perak | Visit Website |   05-890 8110
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4.2   (355)

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A 35-acre island nestled within the idyllic setting of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. The center serves as both rehabilitation and Conservation centres, as well as visitor gallery to educate public about Orangutan.

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What to Expect?

Orang Utan Island is located at Bukit Merah and is one of the best Orang Utan rehabilitation and Conservation centres in the world. Do not miss the opportunity to observe these primates in their natural habitat. A 35-acre island nestled within the idyllic setting of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, an eco-friendly 7000-acre freshwater lakeside vacation getaway in Semanggol, Perak.

Orang Utan Island is today a global eco-tourism destination. Since its inception in 2000, Orang Utan Island has progressed from being a sanctuary, where visitors experienced first-hand awareness and education on the orangutan, to a recognized ex-situ conservation facility and referral centre for the endangered Bornean orangutan. A visit to Orang Utan Island will convince anyone why the orangutan has endeared itself as a symbol of Malaysia.


- Educational outing that’s family-friendly

- Opportunity to see many orangutans up close!

- Support their cause – proceeds go to looking after the resident orangutans and to maintaining the center

- Cool concept – people will pass through a caged tunnel to see the orangutans that are roaming outside. They have around 20 orangutans here

How to get there

Set your navigation to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort first. From there there is a jetty that provides boat service to the Orang Utan Island. You can also buy your ticket at the end of the ferry dock.

Entrance Fee:

Malaysian: RM30 (Adult), RM18 (Child)
Non-Malaysian: RM40 (Adult), RM20 (Child)

* Inclusive of Ferry fare

Orang Utan Island Tour

Tours are usually conducted by a staff member that will elaborate more on the center’s conservation efforts as well as their resident orangutans! Tour Duration is about 45 minutes and up to 1.5 hours to complete the tour.

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 Address:   A197, 34400, Simpang Empat Semanggol, Perak

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05-890 8110

Everyday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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  Reviews 4.2   (355)
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    Nur Atiqah Syifa Noraffendi

    a week ago

    I heard it just reopened after the COVID therefore theres a lot of facilities that arent fully accessible (a bummer) but you'll see a lot of monkeys tho and also the orangutan are so cute they all have names ! Oh and you'll be going there by boat! Life jackets are supplied dw

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    Daniel Wong

    4 weeks ago

    Decided to write a review for my visit here 2 months ago after going to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary yesterday.
    The experience at orangutan island was better as you can get up close to the orangutans and there's also a dominant male. The guides here are also more informative and show more dedication to their work. My family enjoyed ourselves here more than at Sepilok, it's a pity it's not as well known.
    I WhatsApp them to book the tickets before driving to the Jetty. Check their Facebook page for the latest update on ferry times. I understand the place is temporarily closed due to low water levels at the lake so the ferry cannot be used.

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    Mr Dan

    2 months ago

    IMPORTANT: Last boat leaves to the island at 3:30 PM! Best (and exciting) experience in a long while, all of the Orangutans has their own unique story and almost all of the people there are volunteers and they can need all the help since they depend on the people. After a huge fire and corona they had a crisis and no doctors at that time. Just buy some merchandise or donate there or on their website. They have so much love for the Orangutangs and they take the time as well. Other reviews about just seeing 4-5 Orangutangs of the +- 15 is just nonsense! It’s not a zoo after all, it’s a 15 hectare island. So just go and enjoy?

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    Keenan Conrad

    4 months ago

    Many seem to think you have to go to Borneo to see the orangutans, but the Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation is doing great work rehabilitating and caring for animals until they can be released back to the jungles in Borneo. After visiting, I'd highly recommend going out there. It is an easy 1-2 hour drive out of Georgetown (depending if you have a Touch 'N Go card to pay tolls), a rental car will cost you 135-160 RM for a day and tickets at the dock are 30-40 RM, just call to book your time on the boat. The ferry is part of the entry ticket and only takes 10 minutes. Their only funding to care for the animals comes from tickets, so go visit! No conservation effort is ever as perfect as the animals getting to exist in the wild, but this facility is helping to delay or hopefully prevent the extinction of these incredible creatures. It's worth the half day out from Georgetown.

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    tyl C

    6 months ago

    Well worth the time and ticket price (inclusive of the ferry rides). The guide is very friendly and knowledgeable about the animals - kudos to her - hence able to answer all our questions. Orangutans seem to be well fed and look healthy. Also liked the secluded environment where the orangutans can roam around.

    Do note the tour timings and location (located inside the resort, just follow the signboard)

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