All of the diving here is easy diving, suitable for the most inexperienced diver, only one location had any current to speak of and the sites are very similar. Most locations have a particular species which inhabits that site to make the location unique from all of the others.
Each site had enough to keep a diver happy for more than one excursion, as I say - a great place for thatone of those really laid back diving vacations.
The area has both hard and soft corals of many types and genus.
We noticed there seemed to be a lot of juveniles of various species at all sites, with the reef life in what appeared to be good health and no sign of fishing or as in some other areas of Malaysia - dynamiting.
We saw interesting species such as Ghost pipefish, Jawfish, frog fish, cuttlefish, various types of nudibranchs, many types of gobies and numerous other macro species. It was almost a case of, we want to see 'this species' and they could take us to a site where it lived.
We saw quite a lot of sharks, both black and white tip as well as leopard shark and nurse sharks. Some dive sites had literally schools of blue spotted rays.
Lankayan offers ample opportunity for the macro-photography enthusiast and the dive masters are more than happy to assist in locating species of interest ( we saw many types of crustacean which we had not seen before).
Almost every spot or piece of coral, soft or hard, had some creature to see, the feather-stars had little crustaceans living in amongst their fronds.
Some vital information:
Year round 26 - 29° Celsius
3mm is ample, I dived in a T-Shirt and shorts a few times without any cold setting in during the hour or so underwater.
It can vary anywhere from 15m to forever…. The water is very rich in plankton at times of the year so can close down the visibility a bit.
Types of Diving:
Wreck dives (small and house reef),Reef Dives.
All year round
Equatorial with fairly uniform temperatures year-round, ranging from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). Humidity is high (85-95%). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm and most rain can be expected between November and February.
Overall Lankayan is a very laid back and relaxing place for a diving vacation and like all the Malaysians we met, a super bunch of people.
I would recommend a stay of about five days, ideal to go if you have non-diving partners or children as well as for beginner divers.
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