The walls were beautiful and the reefs nice. I expected to be really blown away by the diving here and I was not. The dive staff are competent and friendly. They offer briefings before each dive which are scheduled 3 x daily. You can do the shore dive at the dock which I did and recommend. We dove it at dusk and it was fantastic. We saw alot of critters in about 15-20 feet of water. We never saw any hammerheads at all. Every morning the dive master takes you out into the blue to look for them, its the ocean so nothing is guaranteed. We had Amanda as our dive master and I felt she rushed the dives a bit. We saw some eels (not a lot), big schools of barracuda, pygmy seahorses, lionfish, turtles.
The meals are buffet style with lots of it. Although by the end I was sick of it. Lots of rice and Chinese dishes. The rooms are average. There is a TV in each room. One big complaint I had was that we had no hot water in our room and after some rainy days of diving with no sun, you just really wanted to take a hot shower to warm up again. And that just didn't happen.
I think if you live in that part of the world (I do not) the diving and traveling is okay but if you live far away like I do (East coast of the US) its not that impressive to come so far.
- 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