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Layang Layang Island Resort Sdn Bhd is an exclusive resort that dominates the Layang Layang island - an oceanic atoll of Spratly Islands situated approximately 300km northwest of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. Fondly known as "The Jewel of the Borneo Banks", it is truly a diver's paradise. As many as 14 coral reefs have formed here, creating a breathtaking underwater scenery. The dive sites are well known for the intriguing hammerhead sharks and pygmy seahorses among other rare creatures. An hour's flight north of Kota Kinabalu, the island on which Layang Layang Island Resort Sdn Bhd nestled lies in 2,000m of ocean and due partly to the depth, this atoll has become famous for sightings of large pelagic species and for wall diving. Layang Layang Island Resort Sdn Bhd is the only resort on the island besides a Royal Malaysia Navy base. The resort, designed to look like the traditional Long House comprises 86 cosy rooms, restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool, Dive Center with certified diving instructors and a variety of diving courses among other facilities for modern comforts. Come for the exclusive and intriguing diving experience at this remote destination out of the world, where rare and uncommon underwater creature awaits you!
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Josco W wrote a review Apr 2015
Hong kong98 contributions44 helpful votes
The resort only open from march till Aug 31 . Good weather is mid March till end of may . The diving still good in July and August but the sea might be more wave . The staffs work in the resort is well train, 100 percent passions to make sure the guest have enjoyable stay . The room is clean , bed , pillow , blanket ,bed sheet is good quality and comfortable. Water pressure is really good and plenty of hot water . Diving is 8 am , 11 am , 3 pm and night dive . Toward end of March till may is hammered head season . The dive route is desend from the speed boat , then dive into the blue for 15 mins to look for hammered head , after 15 mins then go back to the wall dive . During my stay period ,4 speed boat go out in every dive , always at least 1 group of divers can see
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Peter wrote a review Apr 2015
Singapore, Singapore82 contributions62 helpful votes
Stayed 4 nights and just came back yesterday. Excellent service. Jane and her team at the reception, staffs at the restaurant, housekeeping, dive master and the boat captain. Great team. Food and the room - good !. Wifi available only at the reception and restaurant. About the diving experience - a big disappointment. Didn't get to see a single shark or manta ray.Visibility - 10 to 15m. Saw some playful dolphins following our boat for a while though during our first day out. Finally, I think 1dm to 10divers is a bit too much.
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Brandon W wrote a review Mar 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada26 contributions30 helpful votes
I just got back from spending 6 days at Layang Layang. The diving was amazing, and by far the most exciting experience I have had in over 20 yrs of diving all over. Although they told us we had a 30% chance of seeing Hammerhead sharks during our stay, we were the lucky ones, having two close encounters with these magnificent creatures. CONS: No to poor wifi. They may tell you online there is free wifi, but its available only in the lobby, and the router they use supports connections with a handful of devices. So, you will need to keep going to the lobby to ask them to reboot the router in order to kick some people off, so you can get on. And even so, internet connection is slow and seems to only work between 9 am until 3pm for some strange reason. Breakfast wasn't the
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Date of stay: March 2015
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MacAttack720 wrote a review Mar 2015
Perth, Australia782 contributions253 helpful votes
Some time since Ive been but got a hankering to come back. This is for divers only as not much else to do other than dive, which really is spectacular. The big draw is Hammer Heads but many other variety of sharks. Would of liked to see some form of interaction with the dolphins as we had these every day. Food was adequate along with accommodation. I treated the trip like being on a live aboard and had no issue, however others did. Don't take your own gear as the additional charges for flights to and from Island are expensive.
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Date of stay: May 2014
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devilcoach wrote a review Sep 2014
Hong Kong, China105 contributions20 helpful votes
Location: LAYANG LAYANG ISLAND MALAYSIA Staff: I don't know how many agent this Avillion Layang Layang use. The one I used confirmed wifi service was no problem and provide free at the public area of this resort. But wasn't true and the local staff said wifi was suspend for at least 6 months before my stay at Jul-2014. Local staff mostly not able to provide correct information (maybe they are part-time because the resort open only half of the year) Cleanliness: Ok, but they put us stayed the block was having renovation in half of the block. Sleep Quality: Good Diving: no comment
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Date of stay: July 2014
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FamilyJensen wrote a review Sep 2014
Frederikshavn, Denmark231 contributions80 helpful votes
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First our booking was change, because they had to repair the runway and we were told from other guest, that they use that reason many times over the year - but the runway wasn't repaired.. then they had no wi-fi but was working on it - the net had been down for over 2 months.. we had no contact with the outside when we were there, so all request had to go through the staff and costed a fee.. there was no black coffee - the machine could only make it with creme or sucker... after press the staff let us use powder-coffee. We had ordered rooms with sea-view, but they said that they hadn't got any rooms with that, but we could see a hole building standing empty - with windows out to the sea... We changed rooms 3 times because we wanted to get closer to the sea and in every room the
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Response from Lawrence L, Manager at Layang Layang Island Resort
Responded 17 Sep 2014
Dear Frederikshavn, Thank you for taking the time to post a review in trip advisor. Your feedback is valuable to us for our continuous improvement and positive changes to serve you better. The unavoidable change of booking was very much regretted and it is due to safety issues arising from the runway, of which also resulted in an early closure for us last season. The repair work by the authorities has just commenced and it will definitely be ready when we reopen. Our Internet WiFi is via satellite which is unstable at times due to weather condition or disruption of services by service provider. We are continuously working towards enhancing the product and our services. Therefore upgrading and refurbishment of our hotel and the facilities is in the plan and we will see to it that the reopen for next season is with better services and products. Once again, we apologise for the unpleasant experience. We appreciate your choosing Avillion Layang Layang and we hope to see you next season in our newly refurbished rooms! Thank you. Regards The Avillion Layang Layang Team
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tants_bsac wrote a review Aug 2014
Singapore203 contributions52 helpful votes
There is only one reason to come to this resort, diving to spot hammerhead sharks. The season here is from April to October, the rest of the year being the monsoon season. The resort sits at one end of an atoll, sharing it with a small Malaysian naval base, in South China Sea not to far from the Sabah coast (1.5 hour by small plane). The atoll is surrounded by several good dive spots, but the 2 main ones are located on the eastern and western end of the oval-shaped atoll, these being the dive sites for the hammerhead sharks, too. Typically the sharks are spotted only at depths below 40 m, which puts the risk on many divers who come here, breaching the maximum depth allowed by their dive qualification. Free boat trips are provided for divers decompressing during the no-fly time,
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Response from Lawrence L, General Manager at Layang Layang Island Resort
Responded 26 Aug 2014
Dear Tan, Thank you for your comments and feedback. Yes we have taken note of your valuable feedback and will ensure to improve our food menu. As for the transit time at KK airport, a minimum of 4 hours is sufficient. We hope to see you again next season. Regards The Avillion Layang Layang Team
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MrBadExample_VN wrote a review Aug 2014
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam9 contributions6 helpful votes
Loved my trip here. The diving is world class and the staff are excellent. Perhaps I'm being unfair, but I would probably have given a 5 if we'd seen hammerheads. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would say it's well worth it. The higher cost and long travel to and from the island are the only things that let this place down. Neither of which are the fault of anyone involved in the operation. Definitely a place to go at least once!
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Response from Lawrence L, Manager at Layang Layang Island Resort
Responded 26 Aug 2014
Dear Sir, Thank you for the comments and review. Well some would say Layang Layang Island is a teaser and makes you come back for more. I am sure you may encounter the hammerheads in your next trip. Hope to see you again next season. Regards The Avillion Layang Layang Team
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BillAltaffer wrote a review Jun 2014
San Diego16 contributions19 helpful votes
The resort is unique and you can read my ITN Jul 2014 article on page 19. It's tops for good divers, but you could enjoy snorkeling, birding or just reading a book. Food is outstanding. And the experience is like none other
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Date of stay: May 2014
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Response from Samantha T, Marketing Manager at Layang Layang Island Resort
Responded 21 Aug 2014
Dear BillAltaffer, Thank you for the wonderful review about us. We are glad that you've enjoyed the experience at Avillion Layang Layang Our goal is not just about providing a quality holiday destination, but about offering a unique experience that you will take home with. Therefore, we are continuously working towards enhancing the product and our services. Once again, thank you for choosing Avillion Layang Layang. We hope to see you next season in our newly refurbished rooms! Your Sincerely, The Avillion Layang Layang Team
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Huimineology wrote a review Jun 2014
Singapore, Singapore57 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
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Date of stay: July 2013
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MalaysiaSabahWest Coast DivisionKota Kinabalu DistrictLayang Layang
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