Situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home to the orang-utans of Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, lies the Rainforest Discovery Centre, a centre for environmental education. It is 20 miles away from the Sandakan Airport and 24km (14 miles) away from the Sandakan town making it the most accessible rainforest in Sabah. The environmental education unit of the Sabah Forestry Department manages the centre.
The primary function of Rainforest Discovery Centre is to create awareness in the public and develop a sense of appreciation of the importance of conserving forests as well as the sustainable use of forest resources. Therefore, with the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre being nearby, it is with hope that the centre will be able to help in boosting tourism in the Sandakan district.
The centre has a 147 metres long and sturdy steel canopy walkway for visitors to walk on to get a spectacular view of the beautiful Sepilok rainforest from a height up to 28 metres above the forest floor. The walkway and towers are a great place for birdwatchers to catch a glimpse of the resident Bornean bristleheads, which is the rarest bird in Sabah. In the forest reserve, there are 250 species of birds, which can be found including the hornbills, pitas, kingfishers and broadbills just to name a few.