|Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area|
Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area, known as SIMCA, are located about 80 Kilometres from Sandakan on the mainland, and about 40 Kilometres from Turtle Island Park (comprising the islands of Selingan, Gulisan & and Bakungan Kecil ), the major sea turtle nesting islands for Green and Hawksbill turtles. SIMCA is also within the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape in the Tri-national Sea Turtle Conservation Corridor. Formed in 2001 by the State Government of Sabah, the islands that form SIMCA are Lankayan, Billean and Tagaipil as well as the surrounding coastal shallow reef areas of approximately 46,317 hectares.
Lankayan Island, eco-tourism and dive operations will collect a conservation fee of RM20.00 (per visitor per night stay). This fee will then go directly towards funding all the SIMCA Management and Conservation programmes to be carried out in SIMCA. Basically, it means every SIMCA visitors directly contribute towards the Conservation effort.