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Dive Review of Layang Layang Dive Resort in
Malaysia/N/A

Layang Layang Dive Resort, Mar, 2009,

by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4865.

Reporter and Travel

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 26 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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