Lankayan Island Resort,
Borneo, Borneo (Sabah)
Info : Lankayan Island Resort
Ninety minutes by boat from Sandakan, lies the small island of Lankayan in a marine protected area. Perched upon the island is Lankayan Island Resort, although it takes only 30 minutes to walk around, this little island has a lot to offer. There is a small jungle to explore and white sandy beaches but the main draw is its excellent world renowned diving. There are 4 shipwrecks within easy reach and sea turtles, frogfish, blue-ringed octopus and bamboo sharks abundant in the surrounding waters. Naturally, Lankayan Island Resort has a great dive centre and if the marine life interests you but you would rather spend a little time above water, you can explore the waters by sea kayak.
Lankayan Island Resort comprises of 25 airy wooden chalets that make the most of the natural light. They are well located right on the white sand beach, offering an amazing view to wake up to each morning.
Dining at Lankayan Island Resort is informal buffet style and as you would expect in a location like this, there is excellent seafood available. The sunset bar provides a great place for sundowners or a retreat after dinner, it’s a great place to relax after a long days diving and sunbathing.
This is a fairly simple resort in a fantastic natural location, perfect for exploring the reefs off Sandakan. Lankayan Island Resort is close to the mainland so it is a particularly good choice if you are short of time and want to combine your beach stay with time exploring Sabah’s jungle interior.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
We all remarked on how well tourism blended in to the local community in a positive way. At no point did we ever feel exploited or taken advantage of. We felt privileged to visit the Penan tribe in Mulu and enjoyed the market there without any pressure to spend money. Visiting Abai village and planting the trees was also a great experience for all ages of our party. Again, a privilege.