Lankayan Island

 

Lankayan, a tiny jewel­shaped island located on the northeastern coast of Sabah, is part of the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) and is surrounded blue­green waters and coral reefs. It is also one of Sabah's top diving spots.The availability of jungle interior and diving attracts both divers and non­divers alike to Lankayan.

A numbers of dive sites including the Lankayan Wreck, all only minutes away from the island, offer magnificent displays of marine life ranging from giant groupers to tiny ribbon eels. Enormous whale sharks are regularly sighted between March and May, and other than the magnificent diving, Lankayan is also famous as a turtle egg­laying site. Depending on the time of the year, visitors may witness turtle egg­laying on the Lankayan beach.

The Langkayan Island Dive Resort has sixteen attractive wooden chalets with beach fronts and the common dining area extends to a sundeck jutting out to the beach. If diving is not your cup of tea, simply lounge on the sundeck in front of your chalet where you can enjoy your very own private slice of the beach while working on your tan ­­ heavenly!

Lankayan Dive Spots

Goby Rock

As suggested by its name, Goby Rock is home to gobies of all colours and descriptions.You would also get a chance to spot some blue-spotted stingrays close to the sandy bottom.

Jawfish Lair

The Jawfish Lair is the place to spot gorgeous varieties of hard corals. Expect to see robust staghorn coral, fine table coral, bush coral, maze coral, lobed pore coral covered with Christmas tree worms, mushroom coral and bubble coral during your dive.

Jetty Wreck

This wreck is an artificial reef, made from the wreck of a small fishing boat. Here, you will be able to spot a school of batfish and sometimes a school of jackfish as well.

Lankayan Wreck

This wreck is quite a shallow wreck, so is suitable for most levels of divers to peep around at the lurking cardinals, groupers and yellow sea perch.

Lost Reef

Located to the north part of Lankayan, this site offers better visibility compared to the other sites within the proximity. You can expect to see pelagic species, such as the leopard shark and bamboo shark.

Mosquito Wreck

Don’t let the name fool you, this wreck is one of the most prolific sites in the area. You can expect to find schools of jacks and barracuda, plenty of tropical grouper species, with the occasional manta ray or even whale sharks.

Pegaso Reef

The Pegaso Reef offers sights of pristine giant clams that are under the protection of the Reef Guardian. You can also expect to find schools of jackfish, as well as the vibrant yellow leaf fish frolicking in the water.