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Lankayan Island Dive Resort
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Sandakan
Certificate of Excellence
Solihull
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66 reviews
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“Paradise for all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

We went here for three days in a two week trip to Borneo and this was the highlight for all our family. We travelled as a family with our 7 year old daughter, who proclaimed that it was paradise as we pulled into the jetty. By the time we were on land, we had already seen turtles.
The crossing was fine, at times the sea was glassy, but we did sit at the back as recommended by other writers. Ensure you have sun tan cream and glasses.
The accommodation is fantastic. The view from the rooms is fantastic, clean sand, beautiful blue water and turtles, lots of turtles. The snorkelling was the absolute highlight. We saw so many wonderful things, batfish, sharks, bump head fish, blue spotted ray, lion fish, pufferfish and the turtles. Snorkelling with a green turtle whilst it feeds is something very special.
We also took part in the turtle programme, we hung our signs on our door which meant that we got to see the release of hatchlings and the egg laying, right under one of the chalets.
Food here was very good. The lemon chicken was a favourite of everyone.
We hired a kayak and paddled round the island, another enjoyable and relaxing thing to do.
There is Internet in the centre although it is quite slow.... But given that the island is so remote, the fact that there is wifi, is remarkable anyway.
We had worried that 3 nights was too long. Not at all. We could have happily stayed here or another week!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Broadbeach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Interesting varied dives, friendly dive staff, lots of experienced International divers to meet. Accommodation was lovely and comfortable, large individual bures with balcony overlooking ocean and close to restaurant. Food was mostly buffet style and eating times were flexible. Very relaxing restaurant area for predinner drinks. We were lucky to see turtles hatching and released by the rangers. Would recommend to other divers and families, a great place to relax and get away.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We went here for 3 nights at the beginning of our Borneo honeymoon, and it was the highlight of our honeymoon. The photographs we have look like a postcard - crystal clear sea and gorgeous sandy beach all the way round the island. We were lucky enough to see a couple of turtles laying eggs, and a nest hatching as well. We would recommend this to couples, it really is a fantastic place to visit. There was a reasonable selection of food available and we didn't experience a bad meal.

Room Tip: We had number 3, closest to the restaurant and also had our own lovely section of beach. We would as...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brunz Headz, N.S.W.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

Lovely location. Great for divers and non divers. Excellent snorkelling. Great food. Relaxing. Exquisite bungalow accommodation. 4 nites/ 5days perfect amount of time to wind down from western pressures.

  • Stayed April 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

we just came back from our honeymoon and this is by far our favourite place. it is so peaceful and the staff are so dedicated, they try their best to make it perfect. it is quiet, sea is crystal clear ..very good for snorkelling, we also saw some turtles or rather swam with them. gorgeous place. would highly recommend this place.

diving isn't the best, water wasn't clear but maybe we were just unlucky.

wine is very expensive - around 50 eur a bottle!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wanaka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

Stayed 3 nights and wouldnt recommend any less as the boat trip is at least 1.5 hours each way, plus a bit of waiting around beforehand if you flyin from Kota Kinabalu.

Accommodation is beautiful, especially the family villa which was 2 storeys and as big as a house!

Food was great and plenty of it.

Snorkelling also good, although we had to get out a few times after being stung by jelly fish. We didnt dive but heard the dive sites were pretty good, particularly if you like macro.

We were fortunate to see 5 lots of turtle hatchlings being released into theocean, as well as a turtle nesting one night.

Resort seemed only half full, and I wondered if they actually promote the fact that its a marine reserve- we only discovered that on arrival.

Had children with us and they were fine for 3 days, however may be a bit bored if any longer as they were the only ones there.

Room Tip: room 22 is a 2 storeyfamily villa, so great for a little privacy and space
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012 via mobile




Think of Robinson Crusoe .... the island with the sun, the palm trees, sandy beaches and nothing on the horizon . Lankayan Island is tiny but the experience huge.

Our stay of three nights was about right, as neither of us are divers and it does become more difficult to snorkel in the afternoon when the water is shallow. That said, in the mornings we saw an enormous variety of fish and yes, we did find Nemo.   However, the high point has to be the turtles swimming below you, it really is an 'Wow' moment. There are jellyfish, but not that many and I'm sure they are harmless ones. Hard to identify, when your partner's legs obscure the view as he sprints back to shore!

The resort puts a huge emphasis on turtle conservation and it really is quite moving, watching the babies run for the sea when you know that only a few make it to adulthood. There were a number of nestings when we were at the resort, but due to the weather conditions we weren't woken (stormy nights).

The accommodation is very comfortable, probably equates to a 3* hotel but trust me, you are not here for the room. Although, I think you have a better chance of seeing turtles on the beach from Chalet 9 and above. The new restaurant is excellent and the only place that you can access WiFi on the island. Regarding the food there was a huge amount of choice for everyone and the staff went out of their way to check for allergies, dietary needs etc.

While the 90 minute boat trip to the island may seem off putting to some - it really is worth it.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lankayan Island Dive Resort

Property: Lankayan Island Dive Resort
Address: Lankayan Island, Sandakan, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Sandakan
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lankayan Island Dive Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A jewel like tiny island in the Sulu Sea, an hour and a half boat rides north of Sandakan; Lankayan has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area to adopt the eco-tourism concept. Unpopulated and covered by thick tropical island vegetation on its topside, this peaceful, untouched little bit of paradise is ringed by an endless pure of white sandy beach, offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation. ... more   less 
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Lankayan Island Dive Sandakan
Lankayan Island Dive Resort Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

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