Lankayan island - snorkeling along the reef

August 23 - 29, 2008

The Lankayan atoll offers a reef with many beautiful diving spots and opportunities for snorkeling. Good snorkeling can be done in the vast lagoon around the beach, additional snorkeling is possible by boat along the external reef. The place is a paradise for macro photography, as there are lots of small and unique creatures.

Clown fish Clown fish (Nemo)
Clown fish A big sea anemone hosting two clown fishes.

 

Sea anemone with clown fish
Another sea anemone with a very dark clown fish.

 

Tridacne (clam) Tridacne (clam)
Tridacne (clam) Tridacne (clam)
Tridacne (clam) Tridacne (clam)
Tridacne (clam) Tridacne (clam)
Tridacne (clam) Tridacne (clam)
Tridacne (clam) Tridacne (giant clam)
Tridacne (giant clam) Tridacne (giant clam)
The Lankayan's reef is full of tridacne (clam and giant clam) of different colours and size.

 

Christmas tree worm Christmas tree worm
Spirobranchus giganteus Spirobranchus giganteus
Spirobranchus giganteus Spirobranchus giganteus
Spirobranchus giganteus Christmas tree worm
Christmas tree worm "Christmas tree worms" (Spirobranchus giganteus). They are worms living in a small pipe inserted in an hole digged inside the coral, letting only these colorful "feathers", by which they eat, to come out. Any change in light or pressure causes the "feathers" to retract instantly into the pipe below, before coming out again in less than a minute. Click HERE to see a video.

 

Starfish Starfish
Starfish Big starfishes.

 

Lankayan island snorkeling Lankayan island snorkeling
Lankayan island diving Butterfly fish
Moorish idol Angelfish
Lankayan island snorkeling Lankayan island diving
Parrot fishes Parrot fishes
Sulu sea snorkeling Pufferfish
Pufferfish
Sulu sea diving Malaysia snorkeling
Malaysia diving Borneo snorkeling
Borneo diving Malaysia underwater
Colorful fishes pictured while snorkeling in Sulu sea around Lankayan island. Diving in Borneo, Malaysia, will give lots of unique encounters, in addition to the "traditional" parrot fishes, butterfly fishes, angelfishes, found also in other areas.

 

Corals Lankayan reef
Corals Corals
Corals Sulu sea reef
Malaysia reef Borneo reef
Corals Corals
Living corals of different types.

 

Sea urchin Sea urchin
Sea urchins.

 

Sea anemone Xenia
A sea anemone (left) and a Xenia (right).

 

Malaysia underwater Malaysia underwater

 

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