Getting there & away
Minivans go to Sukau from Sandakan (RM15, two hours), or you can take a minivan to Lahad Datu and get out at the Sukau turn-off. Expect to wait a while for a minivan from here to Sukau (RM10, one to 1½ hours). If you’re on a tour, transport will be provided. Note that during the wet season the Sukau road becomes very muddy and public transport is often suspended; 4WD transport can be arranged in Sandakan or with your accommodation for around RM200 per vehicle.
If you’re heading south from Sukau, ask to be dropped at the highway, where you can catch a minivan to Lahad Datu or possibly a bus to Semporna – it’ll save you repeating the long drive from Sandakan.