Pulau Lankayan is just a tiny dot in the Sulu Sea of an unknown island paradise. An unspoiled little piece of paradise on earth. Lankayan has beautiful white sandy beaches and unspoiled corals in the sea. The island has beautiful tropical vegetation. Turtles come ashore at night. There are endless diving options, including diving for two-ship wrecks.
The fast boat trip from Sandakan from the Sandakan Yacht Club to Langkayan takes about an hour and a half. Lankayan has always been an uninhabited island, but since a few years the government of Sabah has decided to promote tourism in this region. The surrounding waters around Lankayan have been officially declared marine reserves (Marine Reserve). You are therefore not allowed to take anything from the sea. With the income from tourism, one can now protect the growing population of fish and nesting turtles on the island. It is a great dive site that is comparable to the world famous Sipadan. The Lankayan Island Dive Resort is located on this island and has its own self-service restaurant, shop, a TV corner and a bar. You can book a stay on the island at one of the better tour operators in the Netherlands, such as Van Verre. With the reservation you get all the details (including the boat trip). In addition to the various water sports options, you can of course laze in a hammock or read a book.
On the jetty of the resort you will find the diving center, where you can arrange other water sports in addition to diving. It is especially special that you can already snorkel among the sea turtles here.
At the diving center 3 times a day boats depart to various beautiful diving locations in the azure blue sea. There are around 20 diving sites in the area that are located in the middle of the Marine Reserve. Whale sharks can usually be observed in the period from March to May.
There are two beautiful wrecks close to Lankayan, both have their own particularity. The 'Lankayan Wreck' was once a poaching ship for illegal fishing, but now it is home to various types of fish, from small cardinal fish to large bass. From the jetty you can already shark small baby black tip in the water see.
Chalets at the beach
From Lankayan you can make day trips to neighboring islands, such as Selingan (turtle island) or Libaran. A day trip to Sandakan is also recommended. From here you can go to Sepilok (Orang Utan shelter), Sun Bear Conservation Center, Gomantong caves (known for the bird's nest soup) or take a trip on the Kinabatang River. During a trip on this river you have the best chance to see the wild animals at sunrise or sunset. You could even see an Asian elephant or a Sumatran rhino wandering the woods along the river.
Lankayan Island Dive Resort
Located on Lankayan Island, Lankayan Island Dive Resort features an on-site restaurant and bar. You can relax in your chalet or explore one of the neighboring islands. Each spacious chalet features a balcony with a sea view, air conditioning, a four-poster bed and tea and coffee making facilities. The large bathroom is equipped with a shower and a bathtub. Guests can read quietly in the communal lounge or enjoy the sun in the hammock. Adventure you can go diving to explore the underwater world underwater life. Lankayan is 52 km from Sandakan Airport.