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Swim with Sea Turtles on Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island is a secluded paradise hidden away in the tropical Sulu Sea just north of Sandakan. It’s the perfect place to end your Borneo itinerary and to rest after travelling. You can spend your days relaxing on the white sandy beaches or swimming in the crystal clear sea. The view beneath the sea is perhaps even more beautiful than above the water; there are loads of turtles and colourful fish. If you’re particularly lucky you may even see a sea turtle lay its eggs beneath the sand or see baby turtles taking to the sea.

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Laze Away in Secluded Bays

Just a short ride from the shores of Kota Kinabalu, Manukan Island is a dreamy setting to begin or end your Borneo holiday. As an island that is popular with day trippers, this means it can be busy during the day, however from around mid afternoon it will just be yourself and the resort guests watching the sun set over the sparkly white sands and lapping shores. Explore the island’s lush green jungle interior, or snorkel in the protected lagoon to spot tropical fish and coral surrounding the shore.

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A sunset overlooking the beach on Gaya Island, Borneo

Gaya Island Paradise

On Gaya island, you’ll find a real hidden gem. With lush and tropical forests, creamy white sandy beaches, and snorkelling to die for, and not far from the hub of Kota Kinabalu. It’s an ideal spot for a beach break sandwiched between rainforest and the sea, pure bliss!

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Damai Beach in Sarawak, Borneo

Damai Beach

Damai beach is ideal for those looking for a budget option in Sarawak. This spot on the Damai Peninsula near Kuching is a stunningly rugged spot and an ace spot to relax or kayak by sea after some jungle adventures.

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Shangri-La Rasa Ria - Family Spot

For those taking the clan to Borneo, this resort is a good option for those after a pool by the beach in Kota Kinabalu, and you can arrange a load of fun activities to keep your family occupied while you relax after your adventure in Borneo (add the accommodation upgrade to this trip to request this spot!).

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Why not take a look at our ready-made itineraries to get yourselves started off for your Borneo adventure? All of these are flexible, so you can extend or add your favourite spots with your travel specialists help.

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Castaway Beach on Lankayan Island

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Location:Sandakan - Lankayan - Sandakan
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Gaya Island Getaway

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Location:Kota Kinabalu - Gaya Island - Kota Kinabalu
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5 Reasons to Visit Lankayan Island | Borneo Beach Escape

1st May 2014 by Emma

Take one look at Lankayan Island and you'll see why Emma chose it for her Borneo beach getaway. Here's her 5 reasons to visit (it's not all about turtles!)

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