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Layang Layang Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Layang Layang
Reviewed 15 June 2012

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.

Room Tip: Not sure you would have a choice and if you did, the walls are very thin!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Went to scuba dive for 5 days in April 2012 with some friends. It's a wonderful place to dive but don't expect much of the rooms. They're dated and the thin walls make it sometimes hard to get sleep so consider bringing your own ear plugs.

On the good note, the diving was excellent. Hammerheads, black and white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, sea turtles, mantas, you name it. The people at the diving center and the resort are very friendly and make you feel very welcome.

There's not much else to see there but with four dives a day, I didn't need any additional activities to keep me happy. If you're into scuba diving, I would certainly recommend going to Layang Layang, otherwise, don't bother.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

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.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Only place to stay on the island and mine was during the end of March 2012 for 4 nights. Rooms are somewhat clean but very very old. Door handles were rusty, toilet..well..if you are not too fussed then it should be alright. Ammeneties are very basic and I did not use it at all except to clean my mask, so bring your own. Quality of sleep is quite bad actually as walls are paper thin and you can hear the TV or next door people chatting and this could be extremely irritating when you are trying to sleep to wake up early for the dive the next day. I was surprised that the resort even had TVs in the room with ESPN, a movie channel and 1-2 local channels to begin with.

They overfeed you (5x a day - light breakfast before first dive at 8-9am, heavy breakfast after first dive, lunch, tea time and dinner ) with both western and asian dishes so dont worry about food and the bar has happy hour prices(pretty decent I think it was RM8 for a can of beer) and other then eating, sleeping and drinking there is pretty much nothing to do here if you do not dive. Hotel doesnt organize any other activites other then a trip to the nearby bird island(recommended as I never seen so many birds on such a small island before) and other then that you could try playing volleyball or football with the staff next to the airfield near their quarters in the evening, jogs on the airfield, walks on the airfield to check out the sunset, take photos, sun tanning. At this point in time when you are bored in between dives, a deck of cards or a Jenga set does wonders.

Room Tip: i would think all rooms are the same
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

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 :)

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Layang Layang 88005, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Layang Layang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Layang Layang
Price Range: $307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Layang Layang Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 86
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 
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Avillion Layang Layang Island Hotel Layang Layang
Layang Island Hotel

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