Flies all over the dining area
It's such a wonderful place, everybody has a smiling face.
Yes! Literally watching birds at it's nesting ground.It's something out of the norm for divers, especially after all the hammer-heads, whale sharks and dolphins sighted. *grin*The visit to the sanctuary is usually carried out during the last day of your stay at Layang-Layang , before flying back to KK . Arrange with your divemaster/boatman for...more
It's the thing people are going there for, well other than bird watching.The Diving is absolutely amazing. Most of the dives are wall diving, the seabed is 2km below. Although the weather wasn't so great when I was there, the visibility was limited to about 15-20m, the water was choppy on the surface, I was still amazed by the big fishes I...more
You won't starve. And as it is the *only* place to eat, you'll need to just dig in.
Upside: all you can eat; if you like fish/seafood, it's reasonably tasty.
Downside: very little fresh fruit; no real fruit juice; the food selections tend to be oily and heavy.
Favorite Dish: There's a barbecue every Saturday night. The food (fish/seafood/red meat/chicken) at this event is quite good, cooked and served immediately (as opposed to being on a steam table). The atmosphere is the best of the entire week.
The bar area is an inviting place to hang out at the end of the dive day to have a beer, a glass of wine, or a cocktail. Also, just as important, video highlights of the day's dive are shown on the TV/DVD in the evenings. The underwater videography company Scuba Zoo has a facility at the resort. The best footage I saw from my stay was of us swimming with the dolphins. Cool doesn't begin to describe it.
Dress Code: Change out of your swimsuit
This one-hour flight from KKIA (Terminal 2) is chartered by Layang-Layang Island Resort. Therefore, do check the flight schedule when making reservation with the resort.It's a whole new experience flying with an Antonov AN-26B aircraft. It can be stuffy during take-off and landing as the a/c is turned-off, but can be quite chilling during flight....more
Getting to Layang Layang Island, the only way is to fly with this old Russian plane. It has seats for only 14 passengers, no flight attendants, no drinks nor peanuts. The ride was ok not as bad as it looked, the plane was very stable. It'll take about 1hr15min to reach Layang Layang. During the flight, it can be quite cold in the cabin, so if...more
Layang Layang is truly a remote place. It would take about 8 hours by speedboat (and you'd hope you didn't run out of fuel) as well as a powerful GPS to travel by sea from Kota Kinabalu on the coast of Sabah, Borneo.Instead, divers fly in on a small two-prop plane chartered by the resort. Everything comes in on the plane--breakfast, lunch, and...more
The shop consists of a couple of racks with t-shirts and sarongs, a glass case containing such essentials as sunscreen, and a small display of books.
This is clearly not a shopping experience to be anticipated with relish, but if you need a "safety sausage" or batteries for your equipment, you'll find 'em here. And if they don't carry it, you're stuck: there's no other place to shop.
What to buy: Postcards.
The resort operates from the end of the monsoon season in the S. China Sea to the beginning of the next: roughly from early March to October. Sometimes it closes down earlier because of slow business. Recently this has occurred due to fears surrounding the spread of SARS and bird flu, and also because of worries over the safety of travel to the...more
Well, here's something to take note of, be responsible towards the conservation effort being put forward to protect the sea!-No wearing of gloves while diving.-No touching or chasing turtle(s).-Not to deliberately touch any corals on the reef.-Not to dive too close to the reef to cause damage to it with fins or camera equipment.-Not to hold onto,...more
It can be very windy on the Island, so please remember to keep dry and warm on land. The resort provides you unlimited supply of towels for your comfort. After a dive, it's better to rinse yourself quickly and dry yourself up immediately. I caught cold the first day for acting macho.more
Please be careful, the water was so clear you'll think you're diving at 20m but in actual you're already at 40m. Further the down current was fairly strong, you'll easily hit 45-50m without notice. To ascent from the deep, you'll need consistant effort. Kick at a relaxed pace and be consistant, you'll slowly ascent to safer depth. The ultimate...more
The normal ration of diving is three boat dives a day. However, it is also possible to do night dives from the shore. If you like muck diving, this might just be a good option for you.
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...more
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....more
I was told that Layang Layang is the place if you want to see the countless Hammer Head Sharks swimming in a group. I've only manage to spot a single 7 footer at Gorgonian Forest. Some spent 9 days at the Island and had never caught the shadow of the Hammer Heads. The good thing is, nobody's dissappointed. You'll see so many other amazing animals such as the huge Marbel Ray, Leopard Shark, Big School of Big Eye Travelly, Giant Travelly, and many more.
Fondest memory: The fantastic dive sites, the friendliest resort crew, the wonderful people I've met on the Island.