Lankayan Island, which is located in the Sulu Sea north west of Sandakan, on the north east coast of Sabah, Malaysia, offers a fantastic variety of muck diving ,several spectacular wrecks and stunning coral reef diving; an amazing combination offered little place else. Situated nearby Pulau Selingan, home to Sabah’s Turtle Sanctuary, Lankayan is also a nesting place for the Hawksbill and Green Turtles. Therefore, visitors will have a chance to see the turtles nesting as well as being able to release baby turtles back into the Sulu Sea.
In 2003 the state government of Sabah, Malaysia declared Lankayan Island as part of the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA). With this protection, no fishing is allowed within the park and, as a result of this, larger marine creatures such as leopard sharks, schools of hump head parrotfish, marbled stingray, and giant grouper are in abundance, and from March to May it is possible to see the immense whale shark. The macro diving offers you the opportunity to glimpse seahorses, jawfish, dragonets, shrimp and porcelain crab, among many others. The two recommended wrecks would be the Mosquito and the Jawfish that will leave your head spinning by the abundance of critters to be found.
The small unpopulated paradise island of Lankayan is home to only one resort, Lankayan Dive Resort, this guarantees tourists peacefulness and serenity. The accommodation is comprised of 16 double occupancy beachfront chalets, as well as 2 standard bungalows consisting of 4 -5 rooms are well sought after, so book early!
A visit to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre or the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in Sandakan are highly recommended if you have some spare time before or after your stay on Lankayan.
Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced