Pulau Lankayan, Sabah
Lankayan Island is a very small tropical coral resort island in the Sulu Sea, northwest of the island of Borneo, in the state of Sabah, in Malaysia, and 15 km from Sandakan. Unpopulated and covered by thick tropical rainforest on its topside, this peaceful, untouched little bit of paradise is ringed by an endless pure white sandy beach.
Lankayan Island has many species of attractive flora and fauna. This includes Green and Hawksbill turtles which can be seen nesting on the island. The only resort on the island, Lankayan Island Dive Resort, was built in 1997. Divers are attracted by myriad macro marine life, coral and sunken wrecks. Lankayan Island is known for its whale shark sightings.
Things to See & Do
* Green & hawksbills sea turtles
* Wildlife viewing
* Marine life
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Language - Bahasa Malaysian, English
Land Area - 900 km2
Electricity - 2 vertical Square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time - GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code - +60
Port Location - The port is located at Semporna which is approximately one hour by boat from Lankayan island.
Travel Links - Kota Kinabalu (known as KK) is the capital city of the state of Sabah and the main international entry point to the region. A number of airlines service routes to KK from Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Many of the airlines service routes into KK from Singapore, Hong Kong and most large Malaysian cities. You can also get to Sabah overland from neighboring Sarawak.
Most visitors fly to Tawau or come by bus, minivan or taxi from Sabah's northern towns of Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sukau and Lahad Datu. Once you arrive in Tawau, you can continue with a bus, minivan or taxi to the port town of Semporna (1-2 hours). From Semporna, you can either go by boat to your accommodation on Mabul island (30 minutes) or in the morning directly go to Lankayan (1 hour by speed boat).