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Layang-Layang Island



Layang Layang island, formed by 13 coral reefs linked together with only a mere speck of an island visible above the water, is situated 300 km northwest of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Its 1.2km x 200km island lies in what is reputed to be among the best diving spots in the world. This remote island is home to a diversity of marine life, from spectacular coral gardens inhabited by macro animals to large blue water pelagic animal. It is estimated that a staggering of over 2,000 species of fish species inhabit the reefs of South China Sea.

At Layang Layang, one will experience exhilarating wall diving with a drop of 2,000 metres. There are basically 14 superb dive sites. As you cruise along ‘D wall’, you will observe the severity of the wall plunging into the dark abyss. Looking out into the blue water, you will see Dog Tooth Tuna, Giant Trevallies and the Greyreef sharks.

The mystery and remoteness of the island is what keeps divers coming back for more. Layang-Layang probably has the highest number of repeat divers who just can’t seem to get enough. It is to dive the ultimate, from the tiny elusive ghost pipefish to the heart stopping encounter with hammerheads.

Water temp: 26°C (79°F) to 30°C (86°F)
Suit: 3mm or 5mm shortie
Visibility: 20 to 60 metres (66 - 200 feet)
Rating: *****
Type of diving: There are 14 wall dive sites to plan your dives at. From dives at ‘Gorgonian Forest’ to ‘The Valley’ to ‘The Tunnel’ to ‘The Point’, you will encounter big-eye trevallies, and sharks, and barracudas, also a wide diversity of corals.
Marine life: Manta ray, Giant Humphead wrasse, hawksbill turtle, dog tooth tuna, white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, butterfly fish, rabbitfish, and anthias.
When to go: February to October. The monsoon season is between November and January.
How to get there: Fly via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, then onward to Kota Kinabalu, and then another flight into Layang Layang.

An activity not to be missed for those who appreciate nature is observing the flocks of beautiful birds that make the island their habitat during the migratory season. At any one time, one will be able to see hundreds of birds of numerous species on this island, and come face to face with terns and boobies!



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