Lankayan Island Dive Resort
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Lankayan Island Dive Resort

Bandar Tyng, Mile 5, North Road Ground Floor, Lot 38 & 39, Block, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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4.5
#1 of 1 resort in Sandakan
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Pool / beach towels
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Beach
Diving
Snorkelling
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Kids' meals
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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Ocean view
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Malay

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Bandar Tyng, Mile 5, North Road Ground Floor, Lot 38 & 39, Block, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
Getting there
Sandakan Airport
43.2 mi
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k s wrote a review Aug 2022
Bath, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 5 nights on Lankayan as a family of 4, with two kids aged 6&7. We all loved the experience.

We arrived and walked down the boardwalk spotting many turtles before we’d even got to our chalet! The snorkelling for the children was excellent. We had brought our own, and we were soon all in the sea swimming with turtles, and amongst the most amazing sea life we’d ever seen! We all enjoyed watching the turtle hatchings in the evenings, although I think we more propel it could have felt a little overwhelming as we experienced for a turtle egg laying. But maybe they manage the numbers when more people are staying.

The food and drinks offering could be improved, we had a mixture of ‘Al a carte’ (they bring food to your table) and buffet. But if you are vegetarian there are not many options. My son has a dairy allergy and was catered for when there weren’t many guests but as it filled as the weekend the options decreased (there’s always rice!). Drinks wise there is beer or bottles of wine (ie not available by the glass). I would have preferred having a couple of glasses of wine in the evening rather than buying a whole bottle and then wasting half of it!

The chalets were very well appointed, the best we’d experienced in Borneo and we’d been at some 5* hotels. There would be some improvements personally I’d make (glass in the windows rather than boarded up to get the view of the sea), but as I say the best in Borneo and we were comfortable and happy.

As I unfortunately had to be in touch with my business whilst staying here, I was looking forward to the wifi, which did only work on one of the 5 days. This did cause me some stress, but I could understand how if you wanted to get away from it all, this would be perfect. The mobile signal is just strong enough to receive some emails / messages and open maybe 1 webpage (a day!) but calls are fine.

Although there are some negatives, I could have stayed forever and was sad to leave which I don’t normally experience. A really special place and I’d recommend to anyone.

Please look after the reefs!!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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DayTrip152527 wrote a review Aug 2023
24 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very beautiful small island in the middle of nowhere with turtle hatchery project that is really nice to see. Nice beaches, very clear water, stunning coral and sealife to snorkel and dive. Apartments are good and spacious, airco works well. Friendly staff.

A few small recommendations: it is not always clear which parts of the water are allowed for snorkelling or not, depending on the tides. A more visible flag would be great and better for the coral. 🙃 It would also be nice if there were cushions for the beds and more beds on the beach or maybe beds like the ones on the terrace at the restaurant.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: You can rent equipment to snorkel. Bring a UV shirt because unless the use of sunscreen you will...
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AprilNArizona wrote a review Sept 2023
Scottsdale, Arizona213 contributions60 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lankayan Island was the perfect place to relax and recharge in between our other Borneo adventures. We stayed two nights, I wish we’d stayed 3.

The snorkeling off the jetty at the dive shop was absolutely amazing and the best parts were close, no need to go far out. I also did a discover dive, which I highly recommend, Jerry was a great instructor. We also enjoyed just walking on the boardwalk and sitting on the deck at the lodge and off our room, there was lots to see in the crystal clear water. We were there for a turtle release, which was very exciting!

We had an overwater villa, which was large and comfortable. The shower was amazing and the AC cool.

The food wasn’t spectacular, but it was always good and flavorful, it was the best we had in Borneo.

I loved out stay and would go back again, but there could be some improvements. The bar serves only beer and wine, the hair dryer was terrible (same for my friends in the villa next door), the shampoo/body wash, while eco-friendly, was terrible and like everywhere else we stayed in Borneo, there was no conditioner.

On the boat ride the middle cushion in the back will get soaked with water and so will you. Be prepared if you’re unfortunate enough to get the seat, I suggest you put your purse/backpack in a dry bag and wear something you don’t mind getting wet.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Michael M wrote a review Mar 2020
Tokyo, Japan364 contributions240 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 6 nights on Lankayan and loved every minute. We stayed in both the beach bungalows and the over-water chalets. Both were spacious and comfortable with great amenities. The air-conditioning was definitely colder in the beach rooms but we never felt hot over the water. The food was excellent with a good range of Western and Asian food. We came for the diving and were not disappointed. We saw a Marlin, Jawfish, many Sharks, Frogfish, and quite a bit of macro. Every dive we saw something cool. Definitely worth a visit!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sara P wrote a review Oct 2023
3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lankayan Island was everything I had hoped for and more. White sand beaches, often all to yourself, the clearest blue water I've ever seen, peaceful and lush surrounds, with beautiful people and service.
We didn't dive, but spent our days reading and relaxing, and snorkeling. We saw so much very close to the shore, and our only regret was not exploring more!
The beach chalet was much larger than expected, stylish, with a huge bathroom and outdoor shower. We were in number 18, right opposite the turtle hatchery, and it was nice and quiet.
We were so lucky to be there for the release of some baby turtles too.
Considering how far from amenities the island is, the food and drinks were good; it's not 5 star but its tasty and plentiful, which is what I'd expected from a tiny island :)
What a dream- will remember it forever.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nate B wrote a review Aug 2022
New Haven, Connecticut15 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing experience on Lankayan Island for our honeymoon!! It is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous—just as stunning as the pictures make it look and then some. We spent three nights in a water Chalet, which was incredibly luxurious and beautiful: by far the most stunning accommodations we have ever stayed in! The food was also quite good, especially the lunches and dinners—each day we got served a tasty Asian style stir fried vegetable dish and two main course dishes, I believe always one seafood and one meat (although they offered accommodations for those with dietary restrictions). There was also always a tasty dessert and fruit! We don’t dive, but love snorkeling, and snorkeled each day. While we were there, there was no option to take a boat ride to other areas to snorkel, but the snorkeling was excellent right on the reef around the island. We saw so many kinds of amazingly beautiful fish as well as so many gorgeous sea turtles and also some sharks and rays!!! Overall it was a super peaceful and gorgeous experience and in our mind a real bargain for how insanely nice the accommodations was and how much privacy there was.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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minnie_globetrotter wrote a review Dec 2022
Singapore, Singapore111 contributions73 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Super relaxing place to visit. Inform of your intentions to dive as they need to have enough dive masters as they maybe already booked for other dives.

We had an over water chalets which were beautiful to stay at. We could see turtles and rays everywhere.
Snorkelling is amazing here with resident lion fish near the dive pier and lots of fish everywhere.

You can also adopt a turtle nest with the amazing turtle conservation lady there. Great experience for kids! We received videos of when the turtles hatched and how many hatched!

Food is good there, a choice of a’la carte.

It did feel the wait stuff were young and slightly immature but I guess that this difficulty is worldwide.

We will certainly be back. It’s amazing location and serene location.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Water chalets are the best
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Louise K wrote a review Sept 2023
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Paradise island. We had the most lovely relaxing 4 days. The resort is beautiful and the sea and beach are beautiful. Very quiet and restful. Snorkeling was v good and can see lots of turtles a d sea life. Staff v nice. Rooms are great. Air con could be better doesn't cool.room down as much as would like. Food is good enough and they will cater for vegetarian to best they can. 1.5 hour trio by boat can be a bit choppy so be prepared.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Very quiet and restful
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Jackie A wrote a review Sept 2023
Marysville, Washington, USA35 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a beautiful island! I knew it was remote but was surprised when I couldn't see any other land masses in any direction. We had a room over the water. It was so lovely! It was very hot, but a fan under the air conditioning kept things fairly comfortable during the peak of the day. The staff were awesome and accommodating for food restrictions. The coral around the island is beautiful and the marine life abundant. We got to see two turtles laying eggs and two turtle nests born! It was amazing!!
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tom S wrote a review Jun 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As spectacular a place as you could wish for. We spent the last four nights of our honeymoon here and, after 8 days on the go touring Sabah, this was the perfect place to relax and unwind. Lovely rooms, friendly staff and a postcard perfect location. And the diving was incredible too!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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khoulaz A asked a question May 2023
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Mark T asked a question Jan 2021
Isfield, United Kingdom11 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi, does anyone have a link to their website for booking?
Answer from andy.karla
Ottawa, Canada1,515 contribution534 helpful votes
Hi We booked through sepilok-nature-resort Google Sepilok Nature Resort - Dive Malaysia as TA will not let me post web links I believe that this is thier website (They own an number of properties) There are also a number of wholesalers selling the resort - I much prefer to book directly with the company who owns the property God Luck mate
Answer from passionatetotravel
Melbourne, Australia116 contributions86 helpful votes
Depending on numbers at resort it is a choice of a couple of meals or buffet - food is nice - wine is by the bottle and if you want they will hold it there so you can drink it over a couple of nights if you prefer
Monika T asked a question Oct 2018
Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
Hi, is there a good internet connection? Thanks Monika
Answer from SilviaPaoletti95
Lucca, Italy7 contributions8 helpful votes
Yes but only in the restaurant area.
joffa21 wrote a tip Nov 2023
United Kingdom240 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely add your name for the turtle hatching opportunity. We were lucky enough to see them hatch on our last night! "
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Isabelle B wrote a tip Oct 2023
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get up early to snorkel in the morning with great visibility and when the tide is high!"
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Louise K wrote a tip Sept 2023
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very quiet and restful"
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DayTrip152527 wrote a tip Aug 2023
24 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"You can rent equipment to snorkel. Bring a UV shirt because unless the use of sunscreen you will definitely get a sunburn!"
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World citizen wrote a tip Jul 2023
New York City, New York57 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just be prepared you pay much more than you should be"
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PRICE RANGE
£633 - £676 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
lankayan island dive hotel sandakan, lankayan island dive sandakan
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahSandakan DivisionSandakan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lankayan Island Dive Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Lankayan Island Dive Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, airport transportation, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Lankayan Island Dive Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Does Lankayan Island Dive Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Lankayan Island Dive Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lankayan Island Dive Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Does Lankayan Island Dive Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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