Lankayan Island is recently featured in the ‘1001 ESCAPES TO MAKE BEFORE YOU DIE’ book. The tiny jewel-shaped island located on the northeastern coast of Sabah is surrounded by blue-green waters and coral reefs. It is also one of Sabah’s most preferred diving spots. There are 14 dive sites including the Lankayan Wreck, all only minutes away from the island. With an hour and a half boat ride from Sandakan, divers and non divers can enjoy a relaxing stay at the Langkayan Island Dive Resort, which offers 23 comfortable wooden chalets, restaurant and guest facilities.
The tranquil and mesmerizing white sandy beach at Lankayan add more zest to a great holiday experience. The underwater scenes are overwhelmingly pleasant,spellbinding divers with magnificent displays of marine life ranging from giant groupers to tiny ribbon eels. Enormous whale sharks are regularly spotted between March and May. Another surprise for you – Lankayan is also a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles. Stand a chance to see the release of baby turtles into the sea.
No wonder, Lankayan fits the bill to be one of the 1001 must-visit places while we are still full of life!
By Willie Ki
Photo credit: Pulau Sipadan Resort & Tours