Lankayan Island

about lankayan island, sipidan

Lankayan Island with its fantastic white sandy beaches is the perfect place to relax at the end of your Borneo holiday. A great diving location or alternatively just sit back and enjoy the beach and the turquoise waters. This is the preferred location to also spot turtles as nowadays Lankayan has its own turtle hatchery. Timber chalets with ensuite bathrooms provide comfortable accommodation.

A jewel like tiny unpopulated island in the Sulu Sea, an hour and a half boat ride north of Sandakan; Lankayan has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area. 

This peaceful, untouched paradise is ringed by white sandy beaches.

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An elegant lodge built using natural materials.


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.

Accommodation & facilities

Despite the remoteness of Lankayan Island, the 23 spacious seafront chalets are simply elegant, made out of local wooden materials to blend into the natural surroundings. Guests may choose to stay in either a beach chalet or a deluxe apartment room.

Chalets have hot water and  power is available with 220 V or 110 V.

The lounge overlooks the western beach and jetty and here you can enjoy some sunshine and a cool drink. A TV room is available for viewing the day's video shots or other footages and a small over the counter shop offers film, batteries and toiletries.


The restaurant on Lankayan Island is spacious and serves some of the best and freshest seafood available. Meals are informally served at the central open building, which boasts at amazingly beautiful open-air wooden terrace, 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.


Dive sites are all just a few minutes away and boast unbelievably colourful macro fauna, fascinating wrecks and, in season from March to May, regular sightings of gigantic and harmless whale sharks.

Turtle watching is possible, particularly between June to September when the eggs hatch.

Child policy

Children accepted but no facilities.

Responsible Tourism

Lankayan has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area.

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