Libaran Island is a small island located in the Sulu Sea on the northeastern coast of Sandakan and just near the border of the Philippines. This island is within the famous Turtle Islands National Park. However, Libaran Island is not considered as part of the 'Turtle Islands' as it is not a major turtle hatching spot and is use more as a transit point for tourist to go to the turtle islands.
On this island, there is a resort with some very basic wooden chalets. There is also a small community of fisherman which stays on stilt houses here. The Malaysian military also uses this island as a base to patrol the surrounding waters.
This island is 'the place to be' for those searching for peace and tranquility and in search of the pleasure of simple island life. Just relax and enjoy the long white sandy beach and the romantic sunsets or take a swim in the warm sea water. You can also take a river cruise from the mangroves forest to the beautiful sea. The clear blue shallow water surrounding the island is also a great place for snorkeling to view the beautiful reef and marine life.
Getting There: Libaran Island can be reached by speedboat from the Sabah Parks jetty in Sandakan, which is the main city on the east coast of Sabah. The boat journey to the Island will take about 40 minutes.