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Dive Review of Layang Layang Resort in
Malaysia/Layang Layang

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ricky Tuss, DE, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 3997
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the US East Coast, Caribbean, and SE Asia
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft limit with no deco.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Layang Layang is an island the Malaysia government built on an atoll 200km
Northwest of Kota Kinabalu in to protect their interest in the disputed
Spratly Islands. All that exists on the island is a short runway, dive
resort, and a small navy base (which supplies power for the resort).
Arrival and departure is accomplished by a noisy flying box with wings
(operated by the world famous air carrier Layang Layang Aerospace). The
island has been described as a stationary aircraft carrier in the middle of
the ocean. There ain't nothing but water as far as you can see, even from a
plane 8,000 feet up!

Why go there? Schooling hammerheads and other pelagics. You see ,the wall
around the atoll drops off to over 6,000 feet. 

First the resort. Ok accommodation, but the food was great. This is
definitely a place to eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, eat, dive. Yes,
5 meals a day. Food was plentiful with both Western, Chinese, and local

Diving? 3 boat dives a day with an optional boat night dive. Also there was
shore diving at the house reef... shallow, but a pretty nice night dive
full of critters like snake, eel, octopus, lion fish, crab, shrimp, etc.
But, the big draw are the pelagics on the walls and out in the blue. An
abundance of Napoleon Wrasse, gray reef and whitetip reef sharks,huge
schools of barracuda and jacks, hawksbill and green turtles, pigmy devil
and spotted eagle rays, schools of dogtooth and yellowfin tuna, a lone
manta, and a couple lone hammerheads.  I'm sure I missed a few, but who's

The wall and corals were in great shape... very healthy.

Oh, and about the schooling hammerheads? Last dive of the last day of the
trip!! More hammers  than I can count. Dropped to 145 ft in a very strong
down current. I had hammers above below and as far right and left as the
100 ft vis would allow me to see!! I definitely broke the dive profile
rules for both depth and deco, but who gives a crap on the last dive!

What could be improved? Finding the hammerheads is a real hit and miss
operation although their favorite hangout is at "The Point". I
would think that the dive operations could invest in a fairly cheap fish
finder and do a far better job of locating the school{s}and determining if
dive-able. I'm sure big schools of big fish within 150ft of the surface
would show up quite well!
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