Fodor's Expert Review Lankayan Island Dive Resort

Lankayan Island, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

An hour-and-a-half boat trip from the Sandakan yacht club takes you to tiny, wooded Lankayan Island, a little slice of paradise ringed with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The only habitation on the island, the resort offers 23 air-conditioned beachfront "chalets" each with functional wooden furniture, high ceilings, private terrace for optimal sunset gazing, and enough space for a family. On the sea turtle corridor, the island is serious about conservation; if you go between June and September you help accompany hundreds of adorable hatchlings to their first sea dive. Within close proximity to the island, human divers can enjoy 32 dive sites and two wrecks. Although the diver price includes three dives a day and unlimited jetty diving (non-diver packages are about $100 less), the snorkeling is every bit as good.

PROS

  • above average dining
  • extremely peaceful and quiet
  • superb marine life encounters

CONS

  • chalets can be musty

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Quiet
On the beach
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 089-765200

HOTEL DETAILS

23 chalets
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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