Pulau Selakan is one of the most populated islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
The only school in the vicinity of the marine park can be found here, catering to students from all 8 islands in the area.
Located just south of Pulau Maiga, there are several stretches of sandy beach around the main village and towards the north of the island. Patches of mangrove grow freely along the northwest coast.
Inhabitants of the island include the legendary Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies), who live on wooden houseboats or stilt huts built atop the waters surrounding the island.
There are two jetties here, providing easy access to the island.
Things To Do
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Several dive resorts/operators organize snorkeling and diving day tours to Selakan Island.
Sea Gypsies Village
There is a small, friendly community of Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) living in and around Pulau Selakan.
There are no hotels or resorts on Selakan Island or any of the other islands within Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
Most visitors to the island stay in the coastal town of Semporna, where hotels and dive packages are generally cheaper.
Check this list for hotels and resorts that organize day tours to Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
Selakan is located ±25 minutes by boat from Semporna, ±30 minutes from Pom Pom, ±40 minutes from Mataking and ±1.5 hours from Mabul.
Pulau Selakan’s name takes after Panglima Selakan, the ancestor of Panglima Rubbani Bin Imam Isnin, a former native chief of the village.
The island is located on the southeast corner of the Sebangkat-Selakan reef complex. It covers an area of 32 hectares.
The island consists mainly of coral limestone, raised a few meters above sea level. The limestone bed has been eroded and undercut to form a rocky shoreline around much of the island.