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Tropical paradise.
Tropical paradise.
Get beached at Lankayan Island.
Sorrel scuba dives at Lankayan.
The Lankayan Island Resort.

Lankayan Island Resort

Thursday, March 7, 2002
You will find some of the world's most superb islands in the seas around Malaysia... low in price, laid back and sheer paradise.

You will find some of the world's most superb islands in the seas around Malaysia. The Sulu, Sulawesi and South China Seas hold 3000 species of fish and coral reefs of unimaginable beauty and colour. A place untouched by the Ice Age, it is believed the area has had the same tropical climate for 100 million years. The light and temperatures have been perfect for nurturing the unique and complex species living there.

Lankayan Island is a dot in the Sulu Sea and its owner, Ken Chung, is totally committed to developing it into one of the best, eco-friendly dive sites in Asia.

When he first went to the island, it was suffering from the now defunct practice of bombing the sea as a quick way of fishing. Many reefs had been all but demolished, so development was put on hold for several years, and the good news is that the reefs and fish are well on the way to recovery. The government was most co-operative and declared the island and its surrounding reefs a marine conservation area.

There are around 40 dive sites now, all with very good cover of hard and soft coral and lots of fish. People who have discovered Lankayan are amazed by creatures they have never seen before. Its reputation for macro life is developing, and at the other end of the scale, if you are there in April you will see giant whale sharks. In between, there are yellow-tail barracudas, jumphead parrotfish, guitarfish, anemone, decorator and spider crabs, coral shrimp, prawn gobies and the rare and ornate ghost pipefish and frogfish.

The owner's sensitive approach to Lankayan is just as obvious above the water as it is below. Up to 40 people at a time can stay in the chalets, which blend in with the environment while the environment blends back into them. An informal, friendly, casual atmosphere has been created and it has been so cleverly planned it is easy to feel you have the place to yourself. Despite its remoteness, the bungalows, which are made from local wooden materials, are well-appointed with hot water, 220V and 110V power and direct access to the beach.

The upper lounge overlooks the western beach and jetty and it is the perfect place to enjoy a cool drink and relax after a day of diving. The spacious restaurant serves excellent meals, with delicious fresh seafood high on the menu.

The dive centre at the end of the pier is well-equipped and the staff incredibly friendly — as is everyone you will come in contact with. Apart from nature's beauty, divers can explore the remains of a large wooden Chinese vessel, which was used for illegal fishing and is now home to giant groupers, giant marbled stingrays, frogfish, scorpionfish, lionfish and great shoals of palagics. There is also the wreck of an armed barge which belonged to the "Mosquito Fleet" serving with the Japanese and sunk during World War II. It is also home base for many fish.

Even if you aren't a diver, Lankayan is a truly beautiful place for anyone who wants the serenity and tranquillity of an island paradise of long, white beaches and the most wonderful sunrises and sunsets.


Off the northeast coast of Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo.


World Expeditions have an 11-day Sabah Adventures trip, including return economy airfares with Malaysia Airlines, accommodation including two nights' at the Lankayan Resort, transfers and most meals. Prices start at $3555 from Sydney and Melbourne; $3530 from Brisbane; $3550 from Adelaide and $3520 from Perth, per person twin share.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

World Expeditions
Ph: 1300 720 000 or (02) 9264 3366.
For a safe and healthy journey, talk to the travel doctor: 1300 658 844 or visit
Vaccinations; Tetanus/Diphtheria and Measles if under 30, Hepatitis A and in some areas Typhoid may be advised. Long stay: Hepatitis B/ Rabies/JE/TB. Malaria: Risk depending upon precise destination and anti-malarial tablets may be recommended. Take plenty of sunscreen and DEET insect repellent. Both impossible to find. Gut problems are common and it is best to be prepared so take a medical kit such as The Travel Kit to treat travel health problems quickly and effectively.

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