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at Layang Layang Island Resort

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I spent a week diving. The resort was very nice,great pool,nice bar (expensive)attractive architecture. The food was a bit...
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... since you'll hardly be in them it doesn't really matter. The pool is decent and the whole place is pretty relaxed. The staff...
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... during the everyday room cleaning! Food was okay, with a pool side buffet spread on Friday evening. They provide tea break...
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Christopher M wrote a review Jun 2014
Colorado Mountains32 contributions46 helpful votes
I spent a week diving. The resort was very nice,great pool,nice bar (expensive)attractive architecture. The food was a bit boring and repetitious except on the last night but none the less nourishing.The walls between the room were thin ,one could hear other's conversations
Although not clearly. The staff were great but there was no wifi despite it being advertised.
Unless you are a diver this not a romantic getaway.
The diving was good,we did see the hammerhead sharks and the walls were pretty spectacular. However I was disappointed to hear dynamiting on the reef, which of course was denied.
We had a problem with one of the dive guides who would insist on diving at maximum speed,thus not allowing time for macro investigation and photography.also there was only one guide for 10-11 guests which we found a little light especially as we were diving often in significant current.
Would I go bank? Perhaps.
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Date of stay: May 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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RiyadhAlfi wrote a review Apr 2012
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia67 contributions31 helpful votes
Diving ... having dived quite a lot in Indonesia and the Coral Sea (Australia) we were intitally disappointed by the coral which lacks colour and can be in poor condition in places. HOWEVER as we continued to dive we went to some great walls with excellent underwater vistas and some great healthy coral. We did 12 dives and saw reef sharks on pretty much every single one. We also saw turtles on almost every dive as well as a wide variety of large fish and balling Jacks etc - there are a lot of pretty big fish here. You do 3 dives a day in Layang Layang and it's really only the first dive that you are likley to see the Hammerheads - we saw them on 2 out of 4 mornings, firsly about 10 quite close up and this morning (yes there is internet here) a large group of 50+ but they were not really close ... still very worth it. We have also seen mantas along with lots of macro stuff (nudibranches, pygmy sea horses etc). In the mornings you will spend quite a lot of time a hanging around in the blue trying to sight the hammerheads which my 'twitcher' husband found slightly irritating but he's rather be rummaging around for the macro stuff. However pretty much all dives end with some time on the reef. Afternoon dives are generally wall dives with some great life to be seen. In summary, after our first couple of dives we thought we had a made a terrible mistake but now 12 dives later we are considering coming back! Everyone in the resort at the moment has seen hammerheads at least once and most people almost every day .... having said that, it's a big, deep ocean out there and you take your chances. Our dive guide, Faris, was great - friendly, caring and relaxed yet conscientious.

Resort ... free wifi (an unexpected bonus) a well stocked and reasonably priced bar (why does no-one ever mention this important stuff in their reviews;) They have a selection of reasonable wine (mostly Australian) in proper wine fridges for around $20-30 a bottle and Remy, the barman, makes some mean cocktails. Happy hour is 4 hours long and 30% off of everything ... you can't really argue with that. The food is ok (certainly not fine dining) but there is always a good variety and plenty of it. The rooms are ok in a 3* motel from the 1970's kind of way but since you'll hardly be in them it doesn't really matter. The pool is decent and the whole place is pretty relaxed. The staff are ALL really excellent ... incredibly friendly and helpful, they can't do enough for you and seem to really enjoy working here.

We have had a great time and had some really good diving .. I guess if we hadn't seen hammerheads it would have been incredibly disappointing but you take your chances with wildlife and the rest of the diving was, for the most part, really very good.

Would we come back? We're already trying to persuade our friends to join us on a trip next year :)
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Date of stay: April 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Huimineology wrote a review Jun 2014
Singapore, Singapore58 contributions14 helpful votes
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Layang Layang dives are mainly deep dives. I caught a school of Hammerhead sharks at 40m (max you could go with the DM) and shallowest dive was at 20+m. The rest of hammerhead sighting were either solo shark or 2-3, not a school at shallower depths. Surprise sighting of thresher shark up close, for a few dives. Other sightings include leopard shark, manta ray, devil rays, parrotfist, bump head, school of jacks etc.

The resort has propeller that send you right into the island, where you land right beside the resort. you may witness the landing and taking off of the propellers on alternate days. Quite an experience. The runway makes great hangout places to sea gaze and gives good photo spots to capture the evening skies. Views were great.

Resort has thin walls, sometimes I could hear muffled conversations next door, but rooms were more spacious than I thought. Staff were polite and thoughtful - they folded hammerhead shark, turtle, diver and manta ray using towels during the everyday room cleaning! Food was okay, with a pool side buffet spread on Friday evening. They provide tea break snacks and the curry puffs were great! Wifi was only available at lobby, signal could be weak sometimes. Dive guides were very friendly, we had Alvin as our guide back then. Would say it's a good experience overall.

More elaborated entry at http://huimineology.blogspot.sg/2013/12/dive-with-hammerheads-at-layang-layang.html
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Date of stay: July 2013Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Prashant Singh Bararia wrote a review Aug 2017
Hyderabad, India165 contributions16 helpful votes
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So with 10 dive buddies we did this dive trip to Layang Layang. This is also called the Swallow Reef and is located an hours flight time from Kota Kinabalu, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia.

Layang Layang is a Malaysian Navy Base reclaimed from a small island. It has a small airstrip used by both and Navy and also MAS wings , subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines to fly their ATR 72-500 twice a week to this small island. It has now become the divers Mecca to see the Hammer head Sharks.
The resort is open I think 6/7 months a year. The peak season to dive is March - June. Though some web sites tell you till Sept also but the probability of seeing the Hammerhead Sharks is max in March - June only.
There is only one small quaint resort there 'Avillion Island Resort'. He resort is adjacent to the 7233 feet long airstrip. The resort doubles up as the Airport too.
The Resort has a nice Bar 'Hammerhead' Bar, the drinks are quite reasonably priced considering everything has to be flown in to the resort twice a week only.
It's has a nice pool, spa.

The island is home to a small fantastic Bird reserve island nearby where you can see the nesting Back Naped Terns, Great Crested Terns, Sooty Terns , Lesser Frigate Birds, Pacific Golden Plover and the Brown Booby to name a few.
This place is called the swallows Reef also because of the abundance of the Migratory Barn Swallows you see on the island. They are very tame and adapt to humans well.

The dive centre is well equipped and during season goes full and offers the full range of dive certification courses along with gear rental.
The dive instructors are very friendly and double up as Dive masters to take you out diving.
There is a jetty from which the dive masters take out the diving groups for dives on boats.
Night dives are not part of the package and you need to pay 150 MYR and a minimum of 4 divers fir the night dives.

The one issue to watch out for is internet and mobile connectivity.
The internet wifi at the resort (only way) is terrible to say the least and the only cell network that works there is 'celcom'. Nothing else.
This issue has made me give this place 4 stars but others may give it 5 stars also because of this. :).

All in all a fantastic place to go diving in season to see the Hammerheads and host of other marine life and to really unwind with nice walks and seeing amazing sunsets.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Igor N wrote a review May 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates374 contributions91 helpful votes
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We spent almost two weeks in this resort and I did not miss even one dive. This island is one of best place for dive holidays. May be rooms are not very new but it was not important for us there. Diving is excellent there. All dive sites are not far from island (from 10 to 25 minuts) and we had 3 - 4 dives each day. There is very reach underwater life even without hammerheads.
Restaurant has good selection between asian and european food. Resort has enough big pool and friendly staff.
Dive shop has very good management and diving was organized very punctual. There are no Nitrox but we had very often dives with deep about 40 meters.
But if you are going to spend you holidays in Layang Layang then it's necessary to remember that this resort is good for divers but it's not interesting for non-divers. There even no any entrance to water except pool. Snoorkling is also possible from boat only. Big part of island is closed for walking.
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Date of stay: March 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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