This is the place to come if you want to see big ocean-roaming marine life (pelagics). The dive season generally runs from March through October. The resort is closed for the remainder of the year during the monsoon season.
What will you see? The hammerheads cruise through on their migration, but mainly at the beginning of the dive season (although they can very occasionally be spotted at other times). Manta ray sightings are fairly frequent, if you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. There are schools of tuna, huge schooling swirls of big-eye trevallies, and a rainbow spectrum of reef fishes.
In addition, there are the corals, which are virtually untouched by human activity, and in addition did not suffer the big die-off and coral bleaching that the Maldivian and Australian tropical reefs experienced recently. Perhaps the most impressive are the gorgonians, which dwarf divers wth their gigantic lattice-like fans.
Sponges are abundant, too, in all hues and myriad types. The barrel sponges are so large that a diver could stand up in one and remain unseen from the side. Considering the advanced age this kind of sponge growth indicates, the barrel sponges demonstrate just how perfect this reef is.
Equipment: If you have your own gear, bring it. The resort rents gear for those who don't own any or who don't care to carry it.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Deep diving experience
With an average visibility of 30 to 50 metres, it can be assured of an amazing scuba diving experience here. The sea floor, right off the edge of the isle drops down to 2000 metres. Venturing below the surface of the sparkling blue, one will discover nature's most fascinating architecture as well as habitats of luxuriant and vibrant colours. Largely unexplored, much of Layang Layang has never been seen before. The reefs here harbour many new life forms, species yet to be identified, yet to be named. Fishes of every kind of colour darting in and out of delicate pastel corals are a common sight in this underwater playground. Armed with the spirit of exploration, many divers from all over the world have discovered this jewel in the blue wilderness. It is no wonder why Layang Layang is placed at the top of their lists for the best diving spot.
Equipment: Diving equipments can be rented from the dive centre. These includes 10 Catamaran boats that brings the diver to the sites within 10-30 minutes, 300 80cu.ft. aluminium tanks, Bauer KAP180 compressors, 20 sets of BDCs and regulators (mix of Scuba Pro & Apollo), lots of fins, masks, booties, weights and belts. All divers must agree to the strict Environmental Conservation Programme set-up by the Dive Centre and are required to sign a Reef Conservation Policy prior to diving. PADI dive courses up to Dive master level are conducted.
- Diving and Snorkeling