Lankayan, a tiny jewel-shaped island located on the northeastern coast of Sabah, is part of the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) and is surrounded by blue-green waters and coral reefs. It is also one of Sabah’s top diving spots.
The availability of jungle interior and interesting diving attracts both divers and non-divers alike to Lankayan Island.
14 dive sites including the Lankayan Wreck, all only minutes away from the island, offer magnificent displays of marine life ranging from giant groupers to tiny ribbon eels. Enormous whale sharks are regularly sighted between March and May, and the island is also a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles. You can watch as the baby turtles are released back into the sea.
The Lankayan Island Dive Resort is approximately 1.5 hrs boat ride from Sandakan jetty and has sixteen attractive wooden chalets with beach fronts and the common dining area extends to a sundeck jutting out to the beach. Visitors will enjoy the relaxing island atmosphere with a stunning seaview.