After 2 days of KK, we were ready to move on to a pre-booked trip to Lankayan Island for 5 days. I found this offer on the Internet and read some reviews which seems to suggestion Lankayan Island to be a nice, relaxing place that focuses on scuba diving so we booked it up hoping for the best. I was apprehensive as to what was to come since as we loaded this tiny boat for our 1.5hr ride to the island. I look some medicine, cranked up my iPod and sure enough got safely got there in one piece. We were told that there were ONLY 20 cabins on the island. We were taken to our cabin and I could hardly contain my excitement. This place was more like a suite! It was very spacious, lacking a bit in furniture but really, who was going to stay in the cabin when we
were approximately 15 steps away from the Sulu Sea which we could see upon opening our balcony door. It was glorious, to say the least!
Every day, our itinerary included scuba diving three times a day fitting in a hefty meal or two in between. Food included many Malay spreads along with some familiar items to ease the tummy. Quality ranged from average to very good. If you're vegetarian, just let them know and they will prepare something for you.
We explored the island during one of our 'breaks' and found army posts with loaded guns epending this undisputed remote piece of heaven. With such beautiful
scenery surrounding us, it was a bit of a surprise to see some very stern army men with their guns ready to rock n roll. Nevertheless, we took it in strides and enjoyed the very nice summery weather daily. At one point, we noticed clouds circling around the island but none above the island with black clouds over the mainland.
I had never done so much scuba diving in ONE trip that at first, was a bit frightful though quickly adapted and really began enjoying it. The crew was very professional, patient and helpful though the gear was a bit older. On one dive, we saw a huge green turtle foraging on some corals disregarding all of us who were just starring at it for minutes. Another time, we got to see a full grown leopard shark resting on the sea floor. It didn't move or anything but seemed very surreal. The water was murky so our visibility (5-10m) was a bit hindered. There were many Nudi Branches that lit up the sea bed along with rays, lion fishes, puffer fish and many macro sea life.
By the last night of our stay, I had fallen in love with this island and was trying to persuade my other half to extend our stay though with great failure. We headed back to the mainland and where arranged by the resort to checked out Sepilok Orang Utang Sanctuary prior to our evening flight. This is worth a trip to see the orang utans in somewhat of a natural habitat and view them during their lunch time.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Lankayan Island Dive Hotel Sandakan
- Lankayan Island Dive Sandakan
- Lankayan Island Dive Resort Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia