Lankayan Island

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Where is it: Sandakan, Sabah

Number of Dive Sites: 32

Type of Diving: Guided – boat, deep, wreck

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Main Diving Attraction: Macro life (nudibranchs, boxer shrimps, saw blade shrimps, frog fish, seahorses, decorator crabs), healthy coral reefs, and wreck diving (home to giant groupers, turtles and jacks)

* Insider tip: Sometimes whale sharks do make a visit to Lankayan Island between March to May

Average Water Temperature: 29°C (84.2°F) to 31°C (87.8°F)

Seasonality: All year round

Typical Visibility: 5m (16ft) to 15m (49ft)

General Current Conditions: Low

Family / Non-Diver Friendly: Yes

Availability of Other Leisure Activities: Snorkelling, sea kayak, and watching turtle hatching

* Lankayan Island is a nesting site for Green and Hawksbill turtles (typically from June to September)

Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau: None

Availability of Medical Facility: None

Availability of Other Facilities: None

Nearest Jetty: Sandakan Yacht Club Jetty

Address: Jalan Buli Sim Sim, 90000, Sandakan, Sabah

* Approximately 1.5hrs to 2hrs boat ride to Lankayan Island

Nearest Airport: Sandakan Airport (IATA: SDK)

Estimated Travel Time to Jetty:

From Sandakan Airport (by car): 20mins (average taxi fare ~RM30 one way)

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Where is it: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Resort Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese

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