This was our second trip to Layang Layang - and the diving was even better than our first trip! We had hammerhead sightings on 6 of our 8 days of diving, some days we saw them on both of our morning dives. The absolute pinnacle was being surrounded by a school of about 50 hammerheads eddying up from the depths like a tornado - best dive I've ever done in my life. Then on our last day of diving we saw a wall of hammerheads - about 100 as far as you could focus deep and wide. It truly was a magical experience. The resort hasn't had much done to it since we were there 5 years ago, and is pretty average, but the service from the staff from making me whatever vegetarian meals I requested to the fabulous towel arrangements on our bed (hammerheads, manta rays, turtles) make up for the state of the resort. For the Aussies out there, the resort charges in $US and is all inclusive (except alcohol!) which makes it exceptional value. In addition to three dives a day, the price includes as much shore and night diving as you desire (although 3 dives a day - with the hammers only in the morning is enough for me). We also saw manta rays this time on three of our days, and lots of other stuff. If you're not a diver, it would be pretty tough, but there is a very large swimming pool but not much of a beach. For those divers out there it's a must go place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Layang Layang Island Resort Sdn Bhd is an exclusive resort that dominates the Layang Layang island - an oceanic atoll of Spratly Islands situated approximately 300km northwest of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. Fondly known as "The Jewel of the Borneo Banks", it is truly a diver's paradise. As many as 14 coral reefs have formed here, creating a breathtaking underwater scenery. The dive sites are well known for the intriguing hammerhead sharks and pygmy seahorses among other rare creatures. An hour's flight north of Kota Kinabalu, the island on which Layang Layang Island Resort Sdn Bhd nestled lies in 2,000m of ocean and due partly to the depth, this atoll has become famous for sightings of large pelagic species and for wall diving. Layang Layang Island Resort Sdn Bhd is the only resort on the island besides a Royal Malaysia Navy base. The resort, designed to look like the traditional Long House comprises 86 cosy rooms, restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool, Dive Center with certified diving instructors and a variety of diving courses among other facilities for modern comforts. Come for the exclusive and intriguing diving experience at this remote destination out of the world, where rare and uncommon underwater creature awaits you! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Avillion Layang Layang Island Hotel Layang Layang
- Layang Island Hotel