Lankayan Island

Apart from diving, many depart for this island for one main reason – turtles. Yes, this tiny little island has given birth to countless hatchlings of baby turtles.

You can have access to this island from Sandakan Jetty. This paradise is covered with tropical plants, and that’s about it with regards to the local population. Whale sharks encounter in the open water is another draw here. Sights of these gentle giants are fairly common in this part of the world.

The best time to visit? Try June to September; that’s when the turtle hatchlings come to life. The itinerary is easy, come watch them take their baby steps now, and go diving next!