Lankayan Diving Holidays: An Overview

Lankayan is a tiny island in the Sulu Sea, off the northeast coast of Borneo, reached by a one-and-a-half-hour boat ride from Sandakan, sitting within a vast Marine Protected Area.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Remote unpopulated island other than just one resort
  • The island is a green and hawksbill turtle nesting site so you can see them hatching at the right time of year
  • Whale sharks are seen regularly

Our Guide to Lankayan Diving Holidays

Unpopulated apart from the small resort, the island is covered by think tropical vegetation and ringed by a white-sand beach.

There are no fewer than 14 diving sites dotted around Lankayan Island, boasting healthy reefs, unbelievably colourful marine life, and two fascinating wrecks. Green and hawksbill turtles use Lankayan as a nesting site, and in season (June to September) guests will have the chance to see nesting turtles and new hatchlinkg released to the sea. There are also regular sightings of whale sharks.

Lankayan Island is also a macro diving paradise. Amongst the large stretches of beautiful hard and soft corals, smaller inhabitants of the reef can be found such as frogfish, ornate ghostpipe fish, decorator and spider crabs and much more.


Original Highlight

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Each year between June and September, baby turtles hatch on the beach in front of the resort. Guests will have the chance to see this first hand which is a lovely experience.

Louisa, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 31°C / 87°F
  • Rainfall — 16cm / 6.5 inches
Flight from London

12:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +8 hrs

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