Lankayan Dive Resort
Sipadan Island, Sabah
A jewel like tiny island in the Sulu Sea, an hour and a half boat rides north of Sandakan; Lankayan has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area to adopt the eco-tourism concept. Unpopulated and covered by thick tropical island vegetation on its topside, this peaceful, untouched little bit of paradise is ringed by an endless pure of white sandy beach, offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation in all 16 wooden, roomy and perfectly appointed seafront double-occupancy chalets and 2 bungalows which consist of 4 and 5 units of standard room respectively.
While the ideal destination for those who search for tranquility and relaxation in a virgin natural setting and for families with children, Lankayan Island is also becoming one of the hottest diving destination on the map today: its dive sites - all just a few minutes away - boasting unbelievable colorful macro, fauna, fascinating wrecks and in season from March to May, regular sightings of gigantic and harmless whale sharks, the "dream date " of every diver in the world.
Situated within the Sea Turtle Corridor, Lankayan Island is also a nesting place and foraging ground for sea turtles; most commonly Green Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle. Therefore, guest will have a chance to see turtles nesting as well as new hatchlings of baby turtles released to the sea especially in season from June to September.
Diving at Kapalai Island Resort
It is possible that some of the species found here are yet to be described. Pelagic also abound here, from large schools of scads, yellow tail barracudas, jacks,and many more. The many schools of medium to large hump head parrotfish are always an exciting encounter.Sometimes,the diver is lucky enough to meet large rays, guitarfish and even manatees.
For those more inclined towards the smaller denizens of the reefs, there are numerous juvenile fishes, clown anemone fishes, decorator and spider crabs, coral shrimps, nudibranchs, prawn gobies and abundant of rarer subjects such as jawfish, ornate ghost pipefish and frogfish.
Meals are informally served at the central open building, which boasts an amazingly beautiful open-air wooden terrace surrounded by swaying casuarinas, the ideal spot for after dinner relaxation and chatting, all the while admiring the dozens of juvenile black tip sharks swimming leisurely a few feet beneath. Occasionally, head out to the sunset bar for an evening get together BBQ while enjoying the panoramic view of the sun surrendering for the day.
A TV room is available for viewing the day's video shots or other footages shoot during the dive. Internet access is also available at the resort's main building which opens daily from 0800hrs to 2300hrs.
Despite the remoteness we are proud to offer all the amenities of a tropical island resort. Visitors have a choice to stay either in chalets or standard rooms in twin or triple sharing basis. Made out of local wooden materials to blend into the natural surroundings, chalets and standard rooms are attached with private balcony overlooking the white sandy beach and turquoise colored ocean. Lankayan chalets are well appointed and equipped with hot bath, coffee and tea making facilities, mini refrigerator and fresh water from mainland. Power is available with 220 V or 110 V. All chalets offer direct access to the beach which is in fact just at your front door step.
A small over the counter shop that sells souvenirs such as postcards, T-shirts, and other necessities such as film, batteries, and toiletries is integrated at the central open building.
Water sport gears and equipments for diving, snorkeling and ocean kayaking activities are available for rental at the dive centre.
Lankayan Island Resort
484 Bandar Sabindo, PO Box No 61120, 91021 Tawau, Sabah, East Malaysia.
Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn Bhd Block C, Ground Floor, Lot 38 & 39, Mile 6, Bandar Tyng, 90000 Sandakan Sabah Malaysia.