We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lankayan island

Features Animals
Review Highlights
Swim with turtles

Perfect for 3 days. Great snorkelling from jetty. Did boat snorkel. Ask about need for wet suit... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Janet J
Warwick, United Kingdom
Great dive/snorkel site for families

We loved our 3 day stay on the island. It's a great place family place because everyone has... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2019
via mobile
Read all 60 reviews
All photos (35)
All photos (35)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Sandakan, Malaysia
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Sandakan
from $62.50
More Info
from $728.00
More Info
Reviews (60)
Filter reviews
42 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews sea turtles sulu sea beautiful island baby turtle releases small island other islands conservation area speed boat eggs dive visibility jetty snorkel armed bungalow military hatching
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 42 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Perfect for 3 days. Great snorkelling from jetty. Did boat snorkel. Ask about need for wet suit (depends on whether there are jellies around). Don't be put off by army/police/coastguard presence - it's safe because they are there. Good range of food choices; peaceful apart...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Janet J
Reviewed April 9, 2019 via mobile

We loved our 3 day stay on the island. It's a great place family place because everyone has something fun to do. My 7 yo enjoyed snorkeling with the turtles and reef sharks while my husband and I dove. The water clarity wasn't ideal this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kristenm854
Reviewed February 9, 2019

Lankayan was our splurge. Yes, it is expensive. But the island is beautiful and the water is very clear. We were picked up from our Sandakan hotel at the appointed time and taken to a nearby port.For the price I was expecting a comfortable motor...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank ohiowanderer
Reviewed September 24, 2018

I understand why all of the reviews say that it is a beautiful place... the water is clear, sands a golden white and calm atmosphere, however this was our least favorite place on our 3 week Borneo trip and the most expensive by a mile!...More

Date of experience: August 2018
7  Thank rpaul_uk
Reviewed August 2, 2018

This island is a real gem. Not as famous as the other islands in Sabah but its as good as you can get. Army personnel stationed at each end of the island just in case.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Adli G
Reviewed May 17, 2018

Lankayan is a beautiful island with very friendly staff. Snorkling is beautiful with all the turtles. Diving was a bit disappointing, less nice then snorkling. Rooms are very nice and clean. Wifi connection is very poor, so difficult to stay in touch with the office

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank MauriceYoca
Reviewed May 10, 2018

Here I am describing the island itself, not the resort. Lankayan island is a wonderful paradise surrounded by turquoise waters full of sea life. Snorkelling you can find all kinds of colorful fish swimming in the corals and even sea turtles. The experience is not...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Reviewed January 16, 2018

I'm struggling to find the words to describe just how stunning this place is. -The first thing that struck me when we got off the boat was just how quiet, remote and tiny it was, it's sublime being somewhere so natural and pristine - and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
6  Thank Sally M
Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

Perfect! Everything was absolutely perfect! From accommodation, service, food, friendliness... Releasing turtles was a highlight. Snorkelling around the house reef too. Could only highly recommend!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank maevem478
Reviewed October 6, 2017

This island is paradise! The most amazing place I have ever traveled to. We are already planning to go back. We saw baby turtles being released each night. The snorkeling was sensational. We saw an abundance of incredible fish, sting ray, reef sharks and turtles....More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Liz G
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
January 25, 2019|
Response from Sightsee676581 |
Hi, We booked our Borneo trip via Rickshaw travel and they recommend either Aviva or Campbell Irvine (although they use Lloyd’s of London). I also found Holidaysafe Insurance offer ‘high risk’ insurance via Voyager... More
May 20, 2018|
Response from RYOKOSURU | Reviewed this property |
Hola, me parece que no es posible. He estado 2 veces en Lankayan y este verano iré una tercera vez. En ninguna ocasión vi excursiones de 1 día a la isla. De hecho, el resort sólo realiza un único traslado en barco al día a... More
Google Translation