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 four 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 a fantastic view to wake up to each morning.
Dining at Lankayan Island Resort is an informal buffet style, and as you would expect in a location like this, there is excellent seafood available. The sunset bar provides an excellent 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.