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Lying in the South China Sea, 300 kilometres north-west of Kota Kinabalu, is the atoll of Layang Layang (Swallows Reef) and the jewel of the Borneo Banks, this beautiful island resort.

A charmingly rustic property, built to resemble a traditional longhouse, with all modern conveniences offering world-class diving on its steep walls and kaleidoscopic underwater world. Scheduled transfers to the island are by private plane four times a week. The resort is open annually from March to August.

Dive Centre

Layang Layang is a PADI affiliated dive resort with extremely knowledgeable and experienced staff. Packages include up to three boat dives each day, and with visibility of up to 60 metres you’ll hardly miss a thing.The ocean floor drops to 2,000 metres offering regular sightings of pelagics, with resident schools of barracuda, big eye trevally and the frequently seen green and hawksbill turtles. Corals are plentiful and healthy, with sea fans more than three metres across filtering plankton from passing currents. Those seeking the thrill of diving with sharks will not be disappointed as schools of scalloped hammerhead, grey reef, leopard, the occasional thresher, and silver tip sharks have all been encountered.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Singles
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Dive boat: Speedboat

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Sipadan & Layang Layang

Mabul offers excellent ‘muck diving’, with an incredible variety of crazy critters. Combine this with Layang Layang’s pristine conditions and famed pelagics, and you have the perfect dive holiday.

  • When to go: Mar-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Layang Layang

Lying in the South China Sea, the atoll of Layang Layang rises from the depths 2000 metres below. Schools of hammerheads visit seasonally, drawing thrill seekers the world over, and other highlights include silvertips, grey reef sharks, turtles and fabulous corals.

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, grey reef shark, giant oceanic manta ray, leopard shark, pygmy seahorse
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark