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One of Sabah’s top diving spots, Lankayan Island is a macro paradise of beautiful hard and soft corals and a multitude of juvenile fish, which combine to create a colourful underwater world.

This tiny jewel-shaped island attracts both divers and non-divers alike to its fertile jungle interior, blue-green waters and coral reefs. Among the 40 dive sites, all only minutes away from the island, divers can explore the Lankayan wreck. They offer magnificent displays of marine life ranging from leopard sharks to tiny ribbon eels. whale sharks are regularly sighted in season and the island is also a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles.

Please note the UK foreign office advice currently relating to this region. Please speak to our dive team for further advice and information.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, giant jawfish, common cuttlefish, ornate ghost pipefish, leopard shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Kapalai & Lankayan

This itinerary takes you to one of the world’s best ‘muck diving’ areas – Kapalai , and then onto the small paradise island of Lankayan. Both offer fantastic macro photography, with plenty of rare subjects on offer.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Lankayan Island Dive Resort

Situated in a Marine Protected Area in the Sulu Sea, this tiny paradise island is serene and tranquil with stretches of white sand beach, swaying casuarina pines, beautiful sunsets and opportunities to see nesting turtles.