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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lankayan Island

It has the only dive resort in Malaysia's Sulu Sea called the Lankayan Island Dive Resort and is one of the best spots for whale shark sightings. The location of the whale shark is usually indicated by flocks of seabirds screeching high above the placid surface. With luck, divers and snockellers may get close to this gentle giant , although it won't stay close for long.
During the day you can witness black-tip sharks swimming about by the beach. At night, hawksbill and green turtles may be spotted coming to shore. Large stretches of beautiful hard and soft corals belonging to numerous genera can also be found here,the perfect habitat for colourful friendly fishes.
Among the 40 dive sites is Lankayan Wreck, where the remains of an ocean-going fishing boat can be explored. This wreck now hosts many different species of fish from small glass-fish,harlequin ghost pipefish, painted froglish to giant grouper and marbled stingrays.
Despite the remoteness, the island has all the amenities of a tropical resort.Vistors can stay in wooden bungalows that blend into the natural sorroundings.
Indeed, Lankayan is not only for discerning divers but for anyone who appreciates the tranquility of a paradise island that offers beautiful sunrises, spectacular sunsets and magnificent seaspaces.

Lankayan's speciality is 'macro' diving -looking for beautiful tiny creatures -although 'big fish' pelagic divingis also available.
Guests will have to catch the morning flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan.
Speedboat transfer is from the Sandakan Yatch Club to Pulau Lankayan, takes about an hour and a half.
For more information, please contact Sabah Tourist Office Tel: +6088-248-698/ 211 732
Lankayan is a resort island with comfortable amenities.

Lankayan Island off the coast of Sabah

Evening on the beach

Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island is very small

Lankayan Bridge

Wonderful Island

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tioman Island of Terengganu

Tioman Island rise up above the waters of the South China Sea. On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the dragon’s dark green scales are in fact giant trees and impenetrable jungle; that the grey claws are giant granite boulders and that the dragon’s horns are twin peaks with smooth, straight cliffs, surrounded with swirls of mist.

Beautiful Island
Tioman Island

The dragon-like appearance of Tioman Island is at the root of a legend surrounding its origin: A dragon princess from China was flying to her prince in Singapore and stopped to rest in these calm, warm waters. Enamoured by the beauty of the area, and the waves lapping at her sides, she discontinued her journey and took the form of an island.

The natural beauty of the island is its biggest attraction. Lush tropical jungle covers about 12,000 hectares of the island and countless mountain streams and waterfalls sustain the many protected species of mammals and birds. The waters around the island are filled with corals of all shapes and colours and home to a vast diversity of sea creatures, including two species of marine turtle. There are a few excellent beaches on Tioman, and these curves of golden sand are usually tucked away at the edges of villages or fronting one of the many resorts.

Mount Daik Bercabang Tiga

Tioman has options for every kind of holiday-maker: families with small children, honeymooners, scuba divers, backpackers, adventurers and even those looking for a slice of exclusivity and luxury. Most place to stay are clustered around the villages that are dotted along Tioman’s coastline while there are a few small resorts that are built around private beach coves.Tioman is a beautiful, popular and affordable holiday destination.

The rainforest that covers Tioman is rich in life and the waters littered with numerous white coral reefs, making it a much-sought after destination by divers across Asia.

Find Nemo Here

Boat to Tioman island

Accessible by speedboat or ferry from Mersing, Tioman has several resorts to accommodate visitors on vacation.

There are many things to do here; primarily snorkelling and scuba diving. If you’re into nature, then the island has some fascinating flora and fauna to discover.

Scuba Divers

Sunset at Tioman Island

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sipadan Island of Sabah

Sipadan is located within the Indo-Pacific and offers one of the richest concentrations of marine-life in the world. The island of Sipadan is actually a rocky outcrop which rises dramatically from the ocean floor. The island has a perimeter of less than 1600 metres, and an area of about 12 hectares. The fringing reefs are in all about 10-15 times the size of the island. From the edge of any part of the reef, the drop-off is up to 600 metres.

The island is currently in the care of the Wildlife Department under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Development.

If diving at Sipadan, you can pack your tank and dive gear and walk across the beach, wade through 3 to 6 metres of water, and then off you go on a 600 metre wall dive! The contours of the drop-off also form gullies and overhangs and together with the marine life combine to offer magnificent diving.

As a diver, once you dip into the water, you will be welcomed by the abundant coral growths of all sizes and colours, frequented by masses of marine life such as Turtles, Barracuda, Hammerhead Shark, Giant Parrot fish, Manta Ray, Lionfish, Sweetlips, Goby, Jackfish,

Colourful of Marine Life

Diving with shark

Turtle Silhoulette in Ocean Blue

Perhentian Island,Redang

A selection of smaller islands just north of Redang, the Perhentians are very popular with budget travelers. The beaches are totally unspoilt, with a wide variety of beach huts right on the shore, for just the right price. A favorite for diving and snorkeling, the Perhentians

About 21km off the coast of Terengganu. There are two main islands: Pulau Perhentian Besar (big island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (small island). Main activities are:-

· Swimming @ snorkelling

· Diving

· Jungle tracking

· Canoeing

· Fishing

· Island tour

· Beach volleyball