We are concerned about the current security situation on this island so close to the Philippines and terrible ASG. Given the recent escalation, I am curious to learn if military presence is noticed. Does the marine patrol the sea around the island and have other security measures been put in place?
Yes there is a very strong military presence- there are soldiers on the island at all times plus soldiers on all boats to and from the island as well as on all dive excursions.
We spent 5 days in Lankayan begin April, and went there with our kids. I was also worrying to bring my family there, but honestly we have been very positively impressed by the resources deployed to secure the areas. On the island, there were not less than 30 military guards, present but discrete, with guarding posts all around the island (with impressive machine guns). There is a radar station, capturing all boat traffic coming close to the island (not from military but due to the national park surveillance), speed boats on shore, military on all diving boat trips. We felt really secure. Incidents do not occur anymore in tourist areas, where protection is too high. There are more risks in Sandakan.
I warmly recommend this island, as it is just amazingly beautiful, the food is excellent, and the kids loved it. I could not make many dives, and visibility was poor, but snorkeling is fantastic ( sharks, lots of turtles, blue spotted rays, eals, barracudas and so much more.)
Take a chalet > nber 9 if you want to be really quiet, 20-25 if you want to overlook the sea, and 10-20 if you want your private beach in front.
Simply worth it.
It's been a little while since I've been there, but this would be the last island that anyone with a brain would go after. There are military guards sitting in stands all the time with machine guns and watching the ocean. So ya know, as long as you don't mind walking past men with machine guns in your bikini, I felt more comfortable here than other places we had read about.
Yes there is a strong military presence. There are soldiers on the boat to and from the island, on the dive boats and there is a small post on the island with soldiers there at all times. We felt very secure. It is a lovely island with great diving.
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