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Layang Layang Island - Malaysia




  • Layang-Layang, known as "Swallows Reef" is man-made and was built for the Malaysian Navy and later created for the main dive resort, Layang-Layang Island Resort.
  • The island area offers supreme disengagement, fortunately there is an airstrip with consistent flights from Kota Kinabalu, which is the main method of transport for visitors going to Layang-Layang.
  • The amazing area of Layang-Layang, the immaculate reefs, astounding perceivability, steep walls down to 2000km and consistent sightings of pelagic species has given Layang-Layang a greatly merited locations of being one of the top ten dive areas on the planet.
  • The 20m deep lagoon has some incredible full scale animals to be discovered including seahorses, cuttlefish and pipefish yet it is the pelagic species going by the external dividers that genuinely energize divers.
  • Schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks, grey reef sharks, panther sharks and the rare threshers and silvertip sharks would all be able to be seen.
  • Stingrays are additional normal guests including manta rays, pygmy devil rays, marbled rays and bird rays.
  • Uncommon sightings, for example, whale sharks, orcas and melon headed whales have all been seen throughout the most recent couple of years.
  • Spinner and bottlenose dolphins every now and again take after the dive boats to every area and divers are once in a while remunerated with snorkeling and assorted marine life and going to pelagic marine life.




Crack Reef 

You'll start with a plummet down a wall at 30 meters. From here you check for resting leapord sharks. Climb a couple meters to an unmistakable recess to hunt the gorgonians around down pygmy seahorses. A few of the fans somewhere around 21 and 27 meters have resident seahorses.

On the off chance that there is mellow current flowing, you can float alongside schools of neon fusiliers swimming past. In the long run, you'll touch base at some precarious inclining supports which look like underground mountain pathways. In the event that you climb up these characteristic passages, you'll end up back close to the highest point of the atoll, with its bustling coral group, which takes into account both fantastic macro and micro scale photography opportunities.



Dogtooth Lair 

This dive site is named after the schools of extensive dog-tooth fish every now and again discovered cruising along this stretch of Layang. You may likewise notice little schools of pickhandle barracuda, big-eyes jacks, or all the more strangely, hammerhead sharks and the subtle sunfish.

The reef itself is a slanting sand bank of dominatingly acropora coral fields with sandy channels. As you move round toward the north east the incline gets more extreme before turning into a wall. There is a significant huge number of yellow gorgonians from 20 meters down, and this is the place you're liable to spot blue-masked angelfish and schools of round batfish.

In the shallows there are patches of blue and fire coral that pull in spotted butterflyfish and billows of blue anthias. This site has probably the most brilliant assortments of parrotfish in the sea, in each possible shade of purple, turquoise, yellow and chocolate. Bluefin trevally wander the region looking of pick off unwary fish. There are loads of flag butterflyfish, ordinarily found in sets, however here they're found in huge numbers.




It is one of the only true vertical walls in Layang-Layang. Truth be told, the wall is so steep here that it really overhangs for most of the jump, so it’s quite dim. There is a huge shelf in the divider at around 40 meters, which utilized as the most extreme depth marker to your plunge. Advancing down to this level, you'll witness the huge shades of the wall, peppered with vivid nudibranchs, some gigantic barrel sponges, vast drooping fans of red, blue and purple, and the brilliant violet of extensive tropical anthias. There might be sharks here as well. Grey reef sharks and, at the ideal time of year, schools of hammerhead sharks will journey past the site.

Back at 25 meters you'll first run over a little triangular bay, which twelve or so monster trevally use as their nest. Somewhat further on is another bigger rack, enhanced by dark coral shrubs, furthermore occupied by trevallies, groupers and head angelfish. Analyze the orange gorgonians to one side of the passage as here you will discover pygmy seahorses, and adjacent giant frogfish.

Soon after the edges, the divider will change unexpectedly into an incline, flagging the beginning of your climb. Spotted sweetlips watch you suspiciously as you swim up to the coral reefs at your security stop level. Once there you can look at the orange-spined unicornfish, yellow breasted wrasse and skunk anemonefish. This is such an expansive and stunning jump site, it needs a few visits to feel you've seen it all.



Gorgonian Forest

One of the main areas for hammerhead sharks. Currents can be strong here and this draws in the bigger fish. It also creates fabulous horizontal visibility, commonly in excess of 50 metres. Move down over the stands of bottlebrush corals and warty corals, take a look at the large giant clams, and watch out for hawksbill turtles resting out from the current. At 12 metres, you'll join the main wall proper and descend into an amazing array of large barrel sponges and the colourful fans which give this site its name. The fans of yellow and orange sway gently in the current, from where they begin at 22 metres or so right down to over 40. 

When the current is running, vast quantities of fish pull in here, and this is really what makes this dive site so special. Lunar fusiliers and giant fusiliers will race past along the reef slope. Small packs of giant trevally hunt over the reef surface, and large dogtooth tuna swim past. As you drift along, countless reef fishes, such as redtooth triggerfish and pyramid butterflyfish, dart about on the slope. Large species of grouper are common here, as well as large congregations of midnight snapper, and smaller groups of harlequin sweetlips and round batfish. Unicornfish frequent this portion of Layang Layang Island, either feeding in the nutrient-enriched blue or stopping on the reef slope's cleaning stations. However, to focus solely on the seascape would be to miss the likely presence of scalloped hammerhead sharks, especially around April and May.


The Point 

For a chance to see any hammerheads, this is the location where divers swim away from the reef at the beginning of the dive into the blue at about 30-35 metres depth for about 5-10 minutes before returning to the reef and completing the remaining 30 minutes slow ascending dive along the reef wall.


Pier Diving 

Diving is available from the pier but with the sandy bottom and movement of the boats, it is very cloudy with visibility being 2-4 metres. That being said, there is an amazing array of marine life to be seen directly under the pier from huge moray eels to baby lion fish. Pier dives are offered for those wanting to do a night dive without the expense of chartering a boat and also as the last dive of your visit. A bit of trivia - the 2007 photo competition winner took his winning shot from a night dive at the pier.




The diving season runs from March to August only. During the rainy season from November to February, it is not possible to reach Layang Layang.

April to May: The best time to go is during the Hammerhead season. The season runs from April to May.

April to August: Diving conditions are very good during the dry season.

Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 20 - 40m
Currents: Gentle
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 25 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: 20+
Recommended length of stay: 5 - 8 days




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