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Lankayan Island

A marine reserve with a rich and diverse marine life, including large pelagics, wrecks, amazing corals - perfect for macro diving

Lankayan is a small island located north of the city of Sandakan in eastern Sabah. This island is part of the Tri-National Sea Turtle Marine Biodiversity Conservation Corridor. In 2001 the Malaysian government declared it part of the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA). Fishing is no longer allowed and efforts are being made to protect the turtles that come to the island to nest and forage. Green and hawksbill turtles are often seen in the area. There are over 20 dive sites including several wrecks and numerous small reefs surround Lankayan Island. It is one of the few destinations worldwide that offers macro diving, wrecks and coral reefs.

Jetty Wreck
Schools of batfish, anemone fish and jacks are common on this 20-meter-deep (65 feet) dive. Frogfish are often found on night dives.

Jawfish Lair
Rays and leopard sharks can be seen against the sand bottom which reaches 28 meters (91 feet). There might be a chance of spotting the very rare ornate ghost pipe fish or the rare mimic octopus.

Froggie Fort
This site is known for its frogfish. Batfish, angelfish, pufferfish, and triggerfish are all also easily found on this reef.

Mosquito Wreck
This is one of Lankayan Island's 3 wreck dives. The ship was once part of the Mosquito Fleet maintained by the Japanese during World War II. The wreck itself has some great items of interest - from the bow gun which still remains intact to other interesting bits and pieces of its original cargo.

Depth m/ft

5-30/16-98

Visibility m/ft

3-25/9-82

Temperature C/F

26 - 30/79-86

Lankayan Island1 (photo by Roberta Cipressi)
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Hawksbill turtle at Lankayan Island (photo by Rutger Geerling)
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Lankayan Island (photo by Roberta Cipressi)
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Nudibrach at Lankayan Island (photo by Roberta Cipressi)
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