Tour Code: BPLIDR01/02 Departure Time: 7.45AM Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights (Both for divers or non-divers) Meal: Fullboard Departure Point: Sandakan, Sabah
The island of Lankayan and its two neighbouring sisters have been declared in the year 2000 to be part of an approved Marine Conservation Area, in what promises to be a landmark in eco-tourism. Destructive fishing practices are no more allowed in the surrounding waters, turtle eggs are regularly collected and safely hatched for reintroduction in the wild, and many other conservation programmers are being – and will be in the future – vigorously implemented.
As a travel destination, the place – a tiny dot in the Sulu Sea about one-and-a-half hours by speedboat from the coastal town of Sandakan – offers a fascinating cross between the Maldivian style of holiday so very appreciated by the Europeans (a gorgeous little island, boasting endless pure white sandy beaches and a lovely, garden-like jungle interior covering) and the no holds barred, exhilarating diving one has come to expect from Sabah’s dive sites (unsurpassed macro life, undescribed new species waiting to he discovered, bit fish action, enormous biodiversity, the sand bottom just a few feet below, and you’ll see why Lankayan is quite a sensation.
Here’s a private paradise-like island where even non-divers (at last!) can enjoy the perfect holiday, relaxing on the beach or bathing in the crystal-clear shallow waters of the lagoon, while sea eagles fly over, their piercing screech tearing the sky in the distance and the jungle-shrouded mountains of Sabah tower on the horizon, bathed in golden glorious sunsets. An informal, friendly, casual atmosphere adds to the pleasant feeling of “away-from-it-all: relaxation: everything is so well spaced out and cleverly planned you might sometime thin you’re all alone by yourself on the island. Then, of course, there’s the diving: at shallow to medium depths, always enjoyable, never risky or fatiguing.
The dive center is well equipped and ideally situated at the end of the pier, while the island staff are – if possible – even more cheerful and willing to help than in the rest of Sabah, a country remarkable for its extraordinary tradition of hospitality. Schools of bump head parrotfish, yellowtail barracuda and scads also appear at many dive sites.
Many rare subjects can be found on many other dive sites including seahorses, flying gurnards, flamboyant cuttlefish, jaw fish, dragonets and sand divers. A fascinating array of spectacular species moreover offered by the two weeks wrecks in the vicinity of Lankayan: the imposing remains of a huge Chinese wooden fishing vessel sunk on purpose, now home to giant groupers, giant marbled stingrays, frogfish, scorpion fish, lionfish and huge shoals of pelagic, and what is left of an armed barged belonging to the “Mosquito Fleet”, serving with the Japanese and sunk during the World War II.
Arrive in Sandakan Airport (recommended flight MH2042 ETD0700hrs). Upon arrival, meet and direct transfer to the jetty (approximately 30 minutes drive). Arrives at the jetty, direct transfer to Lankayan Island Resort for 75mins boat ride (approximately). Arrives at Lankayan Island Resort – Register & Check In.
DIVER : One orientation dive before lunch. One boat dive at 1500hrs.
NON DIVER : Free own leisure.
Overnight at Chalet. (Lunch & Dinner Included)
Breakfast at the resort.
DIVER : Three boat dives with Unlimited dives in front of the Dive Centre.
NON DIVER : Free own leisure.
Overnight at Chalet. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)
After breakfast, depart Lankayan Island to return to Sandakan jetty and transfer to the airport for departure (Breakfast Included)