Lahad Datu may seemed like a little coastal town with very little to offer in keeping tourist in its town, but to naturalist enthusiast Lahad Datu is the gateway to some amazing wildlife reserves and conservation areas such as Danum Valley, Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Madai Caves. For tourists to get to these destinations they have to stop in Lahad Datu airport or the town, which is accessible by air only from Kota Kinabalu, or by road from Sandakan and Tawau.
Danum Valley is located more towards the inland of Lahad Datu on the western side of the Segama River, whilst Tabin Wildlife Reserve lies close towards the coastal of Lahad Datu. Both, however would require about 2 hours drives from the town to their center, and offers lodging and meals with jungle hike and night safari on an open air truck.
Both offers spectacular rainforest experience and an opportunity of wildlife sightings that includes orangutans, gibbons, red-leaf langurs, and the calls of the hornbills from up above.