SIMCA is the first area made up under the provisions of section 21 of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 as a conservation area. The Sugud archipelago consist of Langkaian Island, Billean and Tagaipil and shallow waters around coral reefs forming an area of 46.317 hectare , was gazetted on 3rd December 2001. The SIMCA are created to manage and conserve the rich coral reefs which are important to preserve the diversity biology of marine life in this area and also for the benefit of eco -tourism.
SIMCA is an example of the success of the Government through smart partnerships with the private sector (Reef Gardian Sdn Bhd), which helps the department to handle coral reef’s conservation efforts in the region, turtle conservation and enforcement activities. Because of the concessions from the government to take care of SIMCA, Reef Gardian benefits from eco - tourism activities.
SIMCA is also located within the water area of “Sulu-Sulawesi Tri-National Sea Turtle Corridor”
Each visitor who is staying on the islands will be subjected to conservation fee of RM20.00 per night. This fee will be used by the SIMCA to carry out conservation activities and conservations in the region.
SIMCA is located approximately 80 km from the mainland of Sandakan Town, which will take 2-3 hours of speedboat ride. It is also located approximately 40 km from Turtle Island Park (Selingan Island, Gulisan and Bakungan Kecil). Langkayan Island and Billean Island have a resort facilities equipped with waste water treatment system.