If you are expecting 5 star resort forget it and I would bet you haven't been diving that long if you do. Dive resorts are just that, you go there for the diving and that's what we did.
Although this resort completely stuffed up our dive holiday the dive staff made up for it once we finally made it t the island.
In between us booking our holiday and actually turning up for our scheduled flight via our itinerary, Layang Layang decided to change from flying a few small planes per day to the Island just to one larger plane early in the morning, a few days per week.
Problem was, they didn't communicate this to our booking agent nor us, even though they had more than adequate contact details and communication channels. Very disappointing when you have a limited time away and that time was specifically to travel at a certain time of the year to dive specifically on this Island. NOT good enough!!
That said the dive sites and the marine life was great and we loved the time we did have there.
We went specifically in May to see Hammerheads. The only one we saw was the one the staff made from towels put on one of the beds in our rooms!
This didn't bother me as I am a fairly new diver, however, for the other divers, a few with 5.000+ dives under their belt found it was a tad disappointing.
Apparently the day after we left at 43 meters 7-8 hammerheads were spotted. If you are prepared to dive deep (around 40m) and swim 20+ meters out into the blue off the wall you may see them. Most of our group did this on a couple of occasions at various times of the day and saw...nothing...
Food was pretty average, accommodation the same, however, that's not what you are there to see and enjoy.
Sunsets spectacular over water, beautiful clear turquoise water in the lagoon, diving good but have seen better in other parts of the world. Dive staff are OUTSTANDING!!!
Would we return here to dive?...probably not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Avillion Layang Layang Island Hotel Layang Layang
- Layang Island Hotel