Pulau Lankayan Destination Guide
Lankayan Island is a virtually uninhabited island located
in the Sulu Sea. This tiny island is covered by thick tropical
jungle that is surrounded by smooth, white sand - the perfect
It has the only dive resort in Malaysia's Sulu Sea called
the Lankayan Island Dive Resort and is one of the best spots
for whale shark sightings. The location of the whale shark
is usually indicated by flocks of seabirds screeching high
above the placid surface. With luck, divers and snorkellers
may get close to this gentle giant, although it won't stay
close for long.
During the day you can witness black-tip sharks swimming
about by the beach. At night, hawksbill and green turtles
may be spotted coming to shore. Large stretches of beautiful
hard and soft corals belonging to numerous genera can also
be found here, the perfect habitat for colourful juvenile
Among the 40 dive sites is Lankayan Wreck, where the remains
of an ocean-going fishing boat can be explored. This wreck
now hosts many different species of fish from small glassfish,
harlequin ghost pipefish, painted frogfish to giant grouper
and marbled stingrays.
Despite the remoteness, the island has all the amenities
of a tropical resort. Visitors can stay in wooden bungalows
that blend into the natural surroundings. Indeed, Lankayan
is not only for discerning divers but for anyone who appreciates
the tranquility of a paradise island that offers beautiful
sunrises, spectacular sunsets and magnificent seascapes.
HOW TO GET THERE
Guests will have to catch the morning flight from Kota Kinabalu
Speedboat transfer is from the Sandakan Yacht Club to Pulau
Lankayan, takes about an hour and a half.
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