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Beautiful, Serene & safe

This island is a real gem. Not as famous as the other islands in Sabah but its as good as you can... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2018
Adli G
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Beautiful Island

Lankayan is a beautiful island with very friendly staff. Snorkling is beautiful with all the... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Our family of 5 (kids 16, 14 and 11) feel very privileged that we have been able to visit Lankayan Island. It really is paradise on a small stretch of sand - you can walk around it in 15 minutes.
The water is the colour you dream of, we snorkelled with the turtles, lazed outside our lovely bungalows and ate to our hearts content.
Yes, there was an armed guard on our boat across and a squad patrolling the island but that just made me feel safe.
Thankyou to all the people at Lankayan!

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank Robbiv
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Stayed 3 nihgts on the island. There is only one resort , managing ca.20 wooden chalets.Most of them are situated on the beach.
Fortunately we had airco in our room. Fridge, Outdoor shower (next to indoor bath) was very convenient. Coffe and ea in our room.A nice couch indoor and a graet terrace, giving views onto the sea.
Staff was not overall very friendly, but provided adequate service.
The witnessing of hatchlings coming out of their sand nest and and nesting by a huge green turtle were true spectacles. Don't miss it ! Snorkelling next to the jetty is marvellous, both for coral as for fishes. The snorkelling boat trip ( at a fee) did certainly not bring any better views.
The beach can easily be strolled and is jaw dropping tropical,. Try to watch sunset at the beach 'on the other end 'of the island

Date of experience: August 2016
6  Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is our 2nd time back to Lankayan and did not think it could get better .. IT DID
Arriving after the very fast speed boat trip we were taken care of as soon as you step on the Jetty. The 1st thing we saw in the water was a turtle .. good start. We were given a fresh drink, cold towel and were briefed about everything for our stay and straight to out Chalet or should I say house. 2 floors and more than enough room for 2 adults and 2 children. with balcony's over the water. The island had been renovated since our last visit and the restaurant was now built at the end of a jetty over the sea, amazing place to eat or relax.
We spent 5 days relaxing, snorkelling with the wide variety of fish and the turtles that did not seem to be bothered by us.
The Malaysian military presence on the island was still there but that just makes you feel safe. Even on the short snorkelling and diving trips in the boat we had an armed guard, no big deal. Being ex military it was easy to see these guys were professional around the tourists.
On the snorkelling trips we were lucky enough to see Black tips sharks and while canoeing around the island one shark swam alongside my wifes canoe but seems it was not hungry.
We never had any issues with the buffet food, always something to eat.
A big thank you to all the staff who were very friendly .. especially the Dive master, forgotten his name but a real character (former Malaysian Ranger)
We will be back

Date of experience: April 2016
4  Thank UKSWE
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

As a couple traveling as back packers, having two nights at Lankayan, turned out to be the best treat we could give ourselves. The house, the beach, the water and the view were truly magnificent and the staff was nice and calm.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Linn E
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Two teachers travelling around Borneo but needed some relaxation time and wow, did we get it here! I was the most relaxed I have ever been here! You are surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters and nothing else in sight! Turtles are all around you, beautiful white sand and peace as not a lot of people can stay on the island at one time. Food was excellent, service fantastic and the room and place stunning! I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to dive, snorkel or just relax!!

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank dippydan10
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