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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.

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.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.