Dive in Lankayan

A gem-like little island amidst Sulu Sea, Lankayan has been declared part of a vast Marine Protected Area in countenance to its eco-tourism significance.

Dive Sites In Lankayan

Froggie Fort

Froggie Fort is one of the well-known dive sites around the beautiful island of Lankayan. It is situated on the northeastern tip of the island and it is just at the north of another famous site which is the Lankayan Wreck.

Like all the other Lankayan dive sites the dive here is also easy for there is almost no current and the water depth is fairly shallow. The surface condition is gentle but can be rough.

As the name itself suggests, Froggie Fort is famous for hosting numerous species of frogfish. Aside from the frogfish, you can also spot here schools of batfish, puffer fish, angelfish and triggerfish that are all common at this reef. Plus, you should not miss seeing the species of lobsters and nudibranches.

Access: Shore Entry
Average Depth: 20m
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 14m

Goby Rock

Goby rock is one of the hottest destinations as diving sites in Lankayan Island. It is being protected by the MPA’s to protect the different and beautiful species living in this particular diving site. Before, it was being overfished but with new policies, the chances of the marine life to survive and become richer. The imposed policies make these different species more guarded, the turtles and their eggs are protected and there will be a preservation of the coral reefs. Goby Island can feed your hunger for adventure and lots of fun.

Goby rock is also known as a home of goby. Goby is the guard that protects and alarms the shrimp and other species when dangers come. Goby rocks can satisfy your diving goals because gobies with different colours and descriptions can make you feel so glad. Aside from the gobies, you can also see the huge numbers of blue spotted sting rays and the white tip reef sharks on the reef edge. This is a diving spot that will make appropriate the nature much better.

Goby rock is also a house of jaw fishes and nudibranchs that form a hard coral garden and made to be a cover. This will protect the upper part of the goby rocks. During your travel for diving in the goby rocks, you can experience and see the beautiful and fantastic species living in this area. Goby rock is one of the best part and destinations in the Lankayan Island. After exploring this destination spot, you can say that it make every bucks all worthy. Diving in this site will make you appreciate how nature looks so fabulous with time.

If you are interested or have plans of discovering the wonders of Goby rocks, there are things that you should know. You need to know this valuable information to have some hints on what to expect and must do. Goby rock is a place to visit for water-lovers and divers that want to look for a new adventure.

Dive Experience Level: Beginners to Advanced
Surface Conditions: Calm to Rough
Currents: None
Depth: 10 meters to 25 meters
Visibility: 5 meters to 20 meters
Water Temperature: 26 °C to 30°C
Best Time to Dive: All year round
How to Get There: By an 8 minutes ride from Raja Ampat

Jawfish Lair

A beautiful island with satisfactorily accommodations, destinations and diving sites in Malaysia is the Lankayan diving site. This includes the Jawfish Lair. Jawfish Lair is composed of the different creatures that include mimic octopus, which is as one of the best attractions in this place. Jawfish Lair has a colourful mosaic with an attractive and healthy corals and reefs. Different species can be found in this diving spot that include jawfish, octopus and leopard sharks. Even if there are so many attractive things that people must look after, they should be careful because there are several poisonous species present in this area such as nudibranch and sea lugs.

On your diving activities, you can enjoy and be astonished watching and sight-seeing the various creatures living in the Jawfish Lair. Some species found in Jawfish Lair are protected from harm and for their safety. But small reef fishes such as anthias and damsels are well-protected unlike other species living in this area and they made their own home. Some other fishes and species are also growing here.
Parrot fish, trigger fish, trumpet fish and groupers are some of the different creatures that add appeal and attraction for the divers and even photographers because it is noticeable and lovely to the eyes.

Other marine lives can be found in Jawfish Lair like blue ribbon eel, ghost pipe fish, juvenile cat
fish, peacock mantis shrimp and turtle. Aside from the different and colourful fishes and other species there are other things that truly add beauty to this diving site which include robust staghorn coral, fine table coral, bush coral, maze coral and bubble coral. This particular diving site is being preserved and protected to become a better destination when it comes to diving activities.

Dive Experience Level: Beginners to advanced
Surface Conditions: can be rough
Currents: None
Depth: 15 meters to 25 meters
Visibility: 3 meters to 20 meters
Water Temperature: 26 °C to 30°C
Best Time to Dive: All year round
How to Get There: 2 km or 8 minutes from Lankayan Island Jetty

Jetty Wreck

Another captivating and delightful destination in Lankayan Island when it comes to diving adventure is the Jetty Wreck. Jetty Wreck is among the hottest and most popular diving sites in Lankayan and the neighbouring countries. This type of diving site is unique because it is man-made, an artificial kind of diving site. Jetty wreck was constructed using small fishing boats that certainly add beauty and truly catch the attention of the divers and even photographers. Children, the youth and the adults will surely love this tourist spot.

A charming and fascinating diving area is known as a home of frog fish which mostly found in wooden pyramids. Aside from several species, the most noticeable things underwater are the blue spotted sting rays, cuttlefish, scorpion fish are found. Except from those noticeable and fantastic species, there are some harmful and dangerous species but yet beautiful fish called lionfish. Jetty wreck is mostly located at the opposite of the pier as an overlooking of the beautiful and peaceful Island of Lankayan, Malaysia.

Photographers, divers and people who already experienced and visited Jetty Wreck were satisfied and amazed by the lovely, attractive creatures and the different several of species found underwater. With the presence of various corals like encrusted pillars and reefs the place becomes more attractive to the sea-nature lovers, divers and people. Batfish, jacks, Malabar groupers are among the unique species living in this diving site. This is a potent place for marine life to prosper and sustain the challenging state of the nature.

Dive Experience Level: Beginners to Intermediate
Surface Conditions: Calm
Currents: None
Depth: 15 meters to 20 meters
Visibility: 3 meters to 15 meters
Water Temperature: 26 °C to 30°C
Best Time to Dive: All year round
How to Get There: ½ km or 2 minutes from Lankayan Island Jetty

Lankayan Wreck

Lankayan Wreck is a popular wreck diving station in the island of Lankayan. With a shallow diving depth varying from 15 m to 23 m, this Lankayan wreck diving spot is advisable for novice divers. There is usually no current here but the surface conditions can be rough. The visibility is fair, ranging from 3 m to 15 m.

This site has two wrecks lying at approximately 24 m deep. The wrecks are not much coated with corals. However, they attract large numbers of colorful fish. The variety of fish here includes big groupers, ghost pipefish, mackerels, cardinals, yellow sea perch, huge bump head parrotfish and barracudas. You may also spot the amazing whale sharks during the months between March and May.

Due to the decompression limits, you may only hover around the wrecks for only 40 to 45 minutes. Thereby, you better not waste any moment while you’re there.

Moray Reef

Moray Reef is an excellent site for spotting large groups of Moray eels. The reef is quite farther from the main island (Lankayan) compared to the rest of Lankayan dive sites.

Besides the morays, you will be also fascinated by schools of angelfish, species of triggerfish, parrotfish, puffer fish, batfish, groupers and the very rare pelagic fish such as whale sharks and manta rays.

This Lankayan dive spot is suitable for novice divers since its water is shallow and its currents are commonly zero. The dive here is easy and your safety is assured because of the complete diving equipment and professional dive masters that will assist you in your whole diving journey at the site.

Mosquito Wreck

Mosquito Wreck is another fine wreck dive site in Lankayan. Here you’ll find a ship wreck that was once a part of Japan’s Mosquito fleet during the Second World War. The wreck is a sanctuary for many beautiful aquatic creatures including large schools of jacks, barracudas and species of tropical groupers. Outside the wreck, you are lucky if you spot the rare manta rays or even the mighty whale sharks.

The site is good for both amateur and advanced divers. The dive here begins at 15 m and reaches up to 25 m. The visibility is from 3 m to 20 m and the water temperature varies from 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. The current is usually zero to mild and the surface conditions may be rough.

You can experience a great dive here all year round but be cautious when the weather is bad.

Dive Sites In Lankayan

For great diving and snorkelling sites, Lankayan Island is certainly climbing to charts. To protect the marine life in this gem like island, it was declared part of Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA).

The island is not populated, which made it a paradise with all the nature’s beauty very much intact. Clear blue waters, pristine beaches and lush vegetation make such an inviting treat to your awaited holiday. March to May marked regular sightings of the gigantic gentle sea creature, whale shark. As the island is a nesting place and foraging ground of green and hawksbill turtles, guests have the chance to observe them lay the eggs and the hatchlings release to the sea.

Lankayan is favored by couples seeking a getaway both romantic and secluded. For all the underwater richness this island hosts, this place is a divers’ haven. If either or both of these reasons apparently brought you here, make way to realize all your expectations.

Best Time to Dive Diving in Lankayan is at its best from March to May. The weather is just perfect to make the most out of the diving and snorkelling trips around the area.

Getting there and around International entry point is Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. There are various airlines to choose from especially coming from places such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong and Bangkok. If coming from Sarawak, land transportation is available to get to Kota Kinabalu. From Kota Kinabalu, a domestic flight will be taken to get to Sandakan. A 15-minute land travel follows to get to Sandakan Yacht Club jetty where a speedboat ride ensues to reach the island which is approximately 90 minutes away from here.

Best Diving Season:  March to May
Weather: Southwest monsoon is in place by April to October while northeast monsoon by October to February.
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