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Lankayan Island Package | Diving & Snorkeling


Lankayan Island is a beautiful location home to white sand beaches, fringing coral reefs and lovely Resort accommodations. Lankayan Island Resort is accessible by boat from Sandakan and is an ideal choice for divers, snorkelers and those wanting a chilled-out island location. Accessible from Sandakan, why not combine a trip to the Kinabatangan River followed by a stay at Lankayan Island Package with Borneo Dream.

Note – The price shown above is for one person on a 4D3N Non-Diver Package staying in a Beach Chalet. The minimum booking is for two persons. Once you select your start date and your chosen package, hit the Check Availability button. The total price will then be displayed in the shopping Cart. Quotations for single travellers, children, divers, and Malaysian Rates are available upon request.

Prices are valid from 1st January 2024 to 31st December 2024. Low Season – 1st January 2024 to 30th June 2024. High Season – 1st July 2024 to 31st December 2024.

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1st Person Accommodation Packages | Low Season

1st Person | Please select an Accommodation Package that best suits your needs. Length of sty must be the same for both persons. These packages are for Low Season - Stays from 1st January 2024 to 30th June 2024.

2nd Person Accommodation Packages | Low Season

1st Person | Please select an Accommodation Package that best suits your needs. Length of sty must be the same for both persons. These packages are for Low Season - Stays from 1st January 2024 to 30th June 2024.

1st Person Accommodation Packages | High Season

1st Person | Please select an Accommodation Package that best suits your needs. Length of sty must be the same for both persons. These packages are for High Season - Stays from 1st July 2024 to 31st December 2024.

2nd Person Accommodation Packages | High Season

2nd Person | Please select an Accommodation Package that best suits your needs. Length of sty must be the same for both persons. These packages are for High Season - Stays from 1st July 2024 to 31st December 2024.

Lankayan Island Package – A Tropical Island Escape in Sabah, Borneo

A Lankayan Island Package offers visitors a beautiful tropical island escape during a holiday to Sabah, Borneo. During a Lankayan Island Package, you will stay at the only Resort on Lankayan Island – you’ll have your own tropical hideaway. Lankayan Island is part of a Marine Protected Area, and the island is covered by thick tropical vegetation, fringed by beautiful white sandy beaches and surrounded by warm, tropical waters. Located off the east coast of Sabah, Lankayan Island is an hour-and-a-half boat transfer from Sandakan.

A Lankayan Island Package is an excellent choice for snorkelers, divers, and those just wanting to chill out on a beach – you can do as much or as little as you want. Its warm waters are home to beautiful hard and soft corals and a wide variety of tropical fish life. Offering some excellent scuba diving opportunities, you’ll find in the surrounding waters pelagics, large schools of Scads, Barracudas, Jacks, and much more. The many medium to large Humphead Parrotfish schools are always exciting to encounter. On the shallower reefs, perfect for snorkelers and divers, you’ll find numerous juvenile fishes, Clown Anemone fishes, Decorator and Spider Crabs, Coral Shrimps, Nudibranchs, Prawn Gobies and such rarer subjects as Ornate Ghost Pipefish and Frogfish. Lankayan Island is a true macro world paradise.

Snorkeling, Chilling Out and Scuba Diving – Choose a Lankayan Island Package

Lankayan Island Resort offers accommodation in 19 Beach Chalets and 9 Water Chalets (from 1st April 2019). All chalet types are wooden and roomy and offer sea views. As part of a Lankayan Island Package, you have a choice to stay in chalets on a twin or triple-sharing basis. Each Chalet has its own private balcony overlooking the white sandy beach and turquoise-coloured ocean. Lankayan Island Resort chalets come with an en-suite bathroom, coffee and tea-making facilities, a mini-refrigerator and direct access to the beach, which is literally on your front doorstep. At Lankayan Island Resort, meals are served at the central open building, which offers a beautiful open-air wooden terrace, the ideal spot for chilling out and sipping a cold drink after dinner. During your Lankayan Island Package, you can also learn more about Turtle conservation efforts. The island is a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles, as Turtle Islands Park is nearby. If you are lucky, you can watch as the baby turtles are released back into the sea.

Accessible from Sandakan, a stay at Lankayan Island as part of a Lankayan Island Package works perfectly after visiting the Kinabatangan River. Let us help you create the perfect itinerary, starting with wildlife encounters along the Kinabatangan River and finishing with a relaxing island getaway with a Lankayan Island Package.

Inclusions – Lankayan Island Package

A Lankayan Island package price includes the following:-

  • Return road transfer from Sandakan Airport / Hotel to Pulau Sipadan Resort Jetty.
  • Return boat transfers from the Pulau Sipadan Resort Jetty to Lankayan Island Resort.
  • Accommodation at Lankayan Island Resort.
  • Full board meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner).
  • Refreshments – Tea, coffee, drinking water and cordial are served throughout the day at the restaurant.
  • Snorkelling around Lankayan Island Resort – from the shore or Lankayan Dive Centre.
  • Optional guided tour to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre on the last day (guest pays own entrance fee).
  • The diver package also includes three guided boat dives daily (excluding arrival and departure day), use of tank/weights/weight belt and unlimited house reef dives in front of Lankayan Dive Centre (based on a buddy system).
  • 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.

Exclusions – Lankayan Island Package

A Lankayan Island Package excludes the following:-

  • Use of rental gear – snorkelling or dive gear. Rental gear is available at Lankayan Island Dive Centre (at a surcharge).
  • Snorkel by boat is available at RM 50.00 per person (book and pay on-site, minimum booking of at least two persons).
  • Flights to Sandakan.
  • A single supplement is available if you buy a Lankayan Island Package for one person.
  • Tourism Tax – currently set with a flat rate of RM 10 per room per night and charged at Lankayan Island Resort.

Notes – Scuba Diving and Snorkeling with a Lankayan Island Package

The boat transfers to and from Lankayan Island Resort are daily. The boat transfer from the jetty in Sandakan to the Resort is ~ 105 minutes (in normal sea conditions). The boat schedules for checking into and checking out of Lankayan Island Resort are as follows:

  • Sandakan to Lankayan 10.00 am (Fixed Time).
  • Lankayan to Sandakan 7.00 am (Fixed Time).

The Resort does not allow diving within 24 hours before your departure flight time for safety reasons.

The Lankayan package requires a minimum stay of 2 nights and must be booked for a minimum of 4 adults. If your booking does not meet this requirement, the resort will charge a fuel surcharge of RM848.00nett per booking. To avoid this surcharge, bookings for 3 nights and above may be made with a minimum of 2 persons. As such, we recommend you book for 3 nights or longer to enjoy this beautiful Resort.


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Best Snorkeling in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  • Is it easy to get from the city centre to Jesselton Point Jetty?

    Most watersports trips depart from Jesselton Point Jetty (https://g.page/JesseltonPoint) in central Kota Kinabalu. If you are staying at a city centre hotel or guest house you will often find it far quicker to walk to Jesselton Point. If you are staying at hotels or resorts such as Shangri-La Rasa Ria or Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa then I would certainly grab a taxi.

  • Will we still go snorkeling if it is raining?

    The quick answer is “yes”. Sabah has a tropical climate and as part of this, we will typically have some tropical rain later in the day on most days. This rain is warm, often a welcome relief and for most activities does not stop play. Specifically for our snorkeling activities from Kota Kinabalu:-

    • It is still safe to snorkel when it’s raining.
    • You won’t get cold if it rains as the sea temperature, for most of the year, is a toasty 28C – 30C. We also provide all our snorkeling customers with 3mm tropical wet suits for thermal protection.
    • The tropical marine life will still be there to see as you enjoy your snorkeling activity.

    Whilst Sabah’s tropical climate means there’s a good chance it will rain at some point during your holiday, it’s this climate that also supports the rainforest, and it’s inhabitants, found here. Most days in Sabah, especially during the Dry Season, start off with blue sky, sunshine and a calm breeze with a chance of rain typically later in the day, evening or night time. As long as you come on holiday prepared for a hot, humid and sometimes wet tropical climate you will have a great time!

  • What is the best time to snorkel in Malaysia?

    Malaysia is split across two landmasses, Penisular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak), and the best season for snorkeling differs across these locations. 

    Peninsular Malaysia has an annual monsoon season (from April to October in the southwest, and October to February in the northeast) so you’d avoid these times if snorkeling is on your ‘to-do list’ for your holiday. 

    Sabah, Northern Borneo is known as the ‘Land Below the Wind’ a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe all the lands located below the typhoon belt, so free from climatic disturbances and typhoons. This makes Sabah a 365 days a year location for holidays with snorkeling offered all year round, albeit the months at the start of the Dry Season (April – June) usually offer the calmest, driest weather perfect for snorkeling.

  • Which is the best island for snorkeling in Sabah?

    In terms of ease of access and affordability, the best islands for snorkelling at in Sabah are located within Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The Marine Park which is located in front of Kota Kinabalu is home to five islands – Sapi, Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan and Sulug – and each of them is fringed by coral reefs. The three islands with beaches open to the public offer snorkeling from the beach in a cordoned-off area, although the best snorkeling in the Marine Park is to be had from a boat along with coral reef sites away from the busy beaches.

    For that perfect island getaway experience, you should check out Lankayan Island located in the Sulu Sea accessible via Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah. Lankayan offers world-class snorkeling right from the shore and with just one Resort located on the island, you will feel like you have the white sandy beach and fringing coral reefs almost to yourself. The shallow waters are typically beautifully clear offering easy sightings of turtles, rays, and a range of tropical fish life from the beach.

    The dream for non-divers visiting Sabah is to go snorkeling at world-famous Sipadan. However this it not that easy to do as only a selection of Resorts / Operators will allocate Sipadan permits to snorkelers (most allocate them to diving guests only). One Resort who takes snorkelers to Sipadan is Mataking Reef Island Resort (subject to permit allocation).

Sipadan Diving

  • How do you get to Sipadan Island?

    Currently, no tourists are allowed to stay overnight on Pulau Sipadan. To go diving at Sipadan you need a permit which is allocated by Sabah Parks. Sabah Parks issue an allocation of Sipadan permits to Resorts located on islands near Sipadan (such as Mataking Resort or Kapalai), and to a selection of Dive Centres located in Semporna. If you book to stay at a Resort near Sipadan the Resort will collect you at the start of your stay from either Tawau Airport (TWU) or a hotel / Lodge in Semporna. From there you will be transferred to a jetty in Semporna and then join a boat transfer to the Resort. You can fly to Tawau Airport either from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) located on the west coast of Sabah, Kuala Lumpur (KUL) or Singapore (SIN). 

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