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.
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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.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)