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Dive Review of Layang Layang Dive Resort in

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4865
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Hawaii, Curacao, Caymans, Zanzibar, Seychelles,
Mauritius, Rodrigues, Cook Islands, Fiji, Bora Bora, Fakarava, Toau,
Rangiroa, Yap, Palau, Malaysia, many others...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
26   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
After diving in Sipadan in March, I've decided to go to Layang Layang, in
order to dive two best dive spots in Malaysia. As much as Sipadan was quite
a good experience, Layang Layang was quite an average one. Our flight on a
very small aircraft over South China Sea was quite interesting, and
suprisingly without any turbulance. The resort is very well organized, and
its stuff is very helpful. They are so nice, that you can easily forgive
quite average food, and satisfactory acommodations. What's more important
is the diving and the possibility to see hammerheads in season. I wasn't
that lucky cause during my week long stay we didn't see any hammerheads, no
matter how hard we tried. Actually, after three days most of the
experienced divers were tired of going into the blue for 25-30 minutes in
search of hammerheads, and most of us preferred to stay on the reef, or to
see a better dive site. We called it "hammerhead madness", or
"get into the blue". Our dive master was very lousy and many
times could forget the way back to the reef from the blue waters, and some
other divers were also lost by their dive masters, and had to join our
group, because they didn't wanna get lost. Most of the diving was
relatively average at best, and if it wasn't for The Point dive site on the
eastern end of Layang Layang, everything else was just ok. The Point is
really good, and you may see plenty of dogtooth tuna, schools of barracuda,
white tip sharks, silver jacks, humphead parrot fish, napoleons, and devil
rays. Excellent dive spot, however, the currents are really strong and
ripping. Other dive spots were just average, and there was not much to see
there at all. The dive shop equipment is just ok, and on one of my dives
they gave me a bottle with a broken gauge. It stopped showing the oxygen
level and I had to go up using someone elses's octopus. It's not a big deal
for an experienced diver, but if it was a less experienced one, we could
have had an accident. When you go diving to Malaysia always choose Sipadan
over Layang Layang, because hammerheads may be there or not, and it's
absolutely not worthy to go there, make that effort and see just some
average diving. It's much better to go to Fiji, Palau, Tuamotus, PNG, or
Polynesia, than wasting time and money in Layang Layang.
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