Pulau Selakan

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 on this island and it caters to students from all 8 islands in the area.

Located just south of Pulau Maiga, Pulau Selakan is also one of the only islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park where visitors can stay for a night.

Selakan Homestay offers an authentic, no-frills experience living in a stilt house within a water village, but is only available for Malaysians. Accommodation is basic but visitors get to experience a day or two in the life of villagers who call these idyllic group of islands home.

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 several stretches of sandy beach around the village and towards the north of the island. Patches of mangrove grow freely along the northwest coast.

There are two jetties on the island, providing easy access to the village. The rest of the island is accessible only at high tide, but navigation may be difficult in the rocky areas.

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 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 prefer to stay in the coastal town of Semporna, where accommodation and dive packages are cheap.

Alternatively, visitors also stay in Mabul, Pom Pom, Mataking or Singamata and are brought in by boat.

Getting Here

Selakan is located about ±25 minutes by boat from Semporna, ±30 minutes from Pom Pom, ±40 minutes from Mataking and ±1.5 hours from Mabul.

More Info

Pulau Selakan was given this name by Panglima Selakan who used to visit the island to plant coconuts. He is the ancestor of Panglima Rubbani Bin Imam Isnin, a 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.

Pulau Selakan consist of coral limestone, raised a few metres above sea level. The limestone bed has been eroded and undercut to form a rocky shoreline around much of the island.