Diving in Layang-Layang

Layang-Layang is well-recognized as one of the world’s top dive destinations,
with its coastal waters having a wealth of superb
dive sites hidden within.

Marine Life Highlights in Layang-Layang

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Yellow Breasted Wrasse
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Titan Triggerfish
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Bristletooth

Dive Sites In Layang-Layang

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Dogtooth Lair

Watch out for incredible dog-tooth tuna roaming along the stretch of Layang Layang specifically across the banks as this dive site is named after them, Dogtooth Lair. You would possibly see juveniles in little groups or sole huge fellas over a meter long with its large set gnashers to complement.

In nowhere, you may also see tiny schools of pick-handled Barracuda, Big-eyed Jacks, Hammerhead Sharks and Obscure sunfish.

The reef itself is known as sloping sand back of acropora coral fields alongside sandy straits, just before the site within the 2000 meter gulf from the South China Sea. As soon as you move towards north east, the slope gets steeper before becoming a wall. Myriad of yellow gorgonians out of 20 meters along, and you are likely to see blue-masked angelfish and schools of round Batfish.

Within the shallows, patches of Fire and Blue Corals appeals Butterflyfish and Blue Anthis. Layang Layang has colorful varieties of Parrotfish with shades of purple, turquoise, ellow, and brown. Bluefins and Pennat Butterfl Fish can also be found in pairs.

Access: 5 minutes by boat east from Layang Layang Resort Jetty
Average Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Average Visibility: 20 meters to 40 meters

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The Tunnel

The ‘Tunnel’ is located at the south of Layang Layang. It is protected and offers new opportunities for diving with the pelagics that the island can be proud of.

It has an image of different and awesome coral formations of Staghorn Corals, Plate Corals, Table Corals, Mushroom Corals, and Brain Corals. With its straight fissures that coral colonies make, it forms a ‘chimney’ which divers can observe closely for Moray Eels and Molluscs, Squat Lobsters, and small Crustaceans in which the site gets its name.

If you are up for night dives, this is a great site with its nocturnal antics of Mantis Shrimp, Crayfish, Crinoids, Starfish, Hermit Crabs, and Sea Urchins. There are reef fish such as Pufferfish, Parrotfish, Boxfish, Scorpion Fish, and Turkeyfish.

Access: 5 minutes by boat from south Layang Layang Jetty
Average Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Average Visibility: 20 meters to 50 meters

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Navigator’s Lane

On the northern side of Layang Layang lies a site just to the east of Crack Reef, the Navigator’s Lane, boasting a vast of different hard and soft sea fans and whips.
5 to 15 meters, life of reefs is abundant here making it possible to create a classic dive or a serene exploration of the shallows.
The Hammerhead Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks, as well as Manta rays, Eagle Rays, Barracudas are some of the regular visitors in this site that makes diving experience memorable. Radiantly Colored Nudibranchs, Anemone Shrimps, and commensal can also be seen that makes it a perfect site for macrolife enthusiasts.

Access: 15 minutes by boat from the northern part of Layang Layang Resort jetty
Average Depth: 15 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Average Visibility: 20 meters to 50 meters

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D’Wall

D’Wall is one of the most real vertical walls in Layang Layang. The wall here is so steep that it actually overhangs the majority of the dive. The derivation of this site’s name is most likely the written form of lazy, Asian pronunciation of ‘The Wall’.
40-meter large shelf located in the wall is used as a maximum depth marker to your dive. As you go deeper, you will spot marvelous colors of the wall with Nudibranchs, Barrel Sponges, Large Tropical Anthias of red, blue and purple, and brightly violet.
There are also sharks diving with you at D’Wall, particularly Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks that cruise along here. Back at 25 meters, you’ll come across a triangular cave in which dozens of giant trevally use as their lair. Moving along, is another bigger shelf embellished with coral brushes, Trevallies, Groupers and Emperor Angelfish. Along with this, at the orange gorgonians to the left of the entrance, you will find Pygmy Seahorses and huge Frogfish nearby.
After the ledges, spotted sweetlips can be seen as you swim up to the coral gardens at your safety stop level and from there, you can observe the orange-spinned Unicornfish, Skunk Anemone Fish, and Yellow-breasted Wrasse.

Access: 15 minutes by boat western part of Layang Layang resort jetty
Average Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Average Visibility: 20 meters to 40 meters

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Gorgonian Forest

Gorgonian Forest is considered to be the Layang Layang’s signature dive site because one of the main areas here are home for Hammerhead Sharks. This site creates a horizontal visibility, in excess of 50 meters and currents here can be strong that attracts bigger fish.
Dive deeper, you can see stands of Bottlebrush Corals, Warty Corals, Large Giant Clams as well as hawksbill turtles lying on the current.
At 12 meters, you’ll be in the main wall proper and be with the awesome array of big barrel sponges and colorful fans which this site got its name. Begin at 22 meters right down at 40, fans of yellow and orange sway in the current.
This dive site quantities of fish pull in here as current is running making this site extraordinary. Lunar Fusiliers and Giant Fusiliers with tiny groups of giant trevally hunt over the reef surface while some dogtooth tuna swim along.
Redtooth Triggerfish, Pyramid Butterflyfish and Unicornfish come out of your way as you drift along. Large groups are common here such as congregations of Midnight Snapper, and smaller groups of Harlequin Sweetlips and round Batfish.
Lastly, scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are present in this site, sometimes alone and the other times in great schools with a mix of big and small, especially around April and May.

Access: 10 minutes by boat north east from Layang Layang Resort jetty
Average Depth: 10 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Average Visibility: 20 meters to 50 meters

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The Runway

Divers who are into underwater explorations, especially poking their nose into camera or nose into crevices, fissures and gullies, then this diving site is perfect for them.
In this site, you will find fishes along the vertical walls. Jacks, Surgeonfish and Fusiliers cascade down these walls is a must-see experience. In nowhere, schools of Shad makes a shiny round silver that appeals Tuna and Grey Reef Sharks. Be extra careful of the rarely sightings of hammerhead sharks and manta rays roaming around the Layang Layang waters.

Access: 5 minutes by boat from south east from Layang Layang Resort Jetty
Average Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Average Visibility: 20 meters to 50 meters

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The Valley

The Valley is blessed with great formations of hard corals and a home for turtles and fish such as Groupers, Sweetlips, Snappers, and Squirrelfish. When entering first this water part of Layang Layang, sight of even area with a gentle slope will meet you.
Dozens of Overhangs and Crevices, Nudibranchs, Flatworms and variety of Crustaceans will greet you, even the Sandy Patches, Garden Eels, and Ribbon Eels. Nests of triggerfish can be seen as you wander into the way of these territorial creatures. Schools of Amber Jacks, Reef Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks can be encountered as you go close to the edge of the reef. You can also witness the beauty of gold anemone, as few divers have witnessed before.

Access: 15 minutes by boat from west of Layang Layang Resort Jetty
Average Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 30 meters
Average Visibility: 20 meters to 30 meters

Diving in Layang-Layang

An isolated scuba diving paradise with its rich sightings of pelagic and macro creatures.
Not far from the shores of Malaysian state of Sabah, lies the small island Layang Layang in the wide ocean of South China Sea. It is situated on an oceanic atoll along with a Malaysian Naval Base. An island of the Sparthy Islands administered by Malaysia and is 300 kilometers northwest of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

It has a tropical climate since it is located within the equatorial belt. The temperature ranges from 24°c to 32°c and comes with fairly humidity and cooling sea breezes. It is close to tourists from November to January every year due to the heavy monsoon rains.

Layang Layang is man-made and was constructed for Malaysian Navy and later developed as a diving site. It is known as “Shallows Reef” for its pristine reefs and warm clear waters rich in both pelagic and macro diving. This is also one of the well-recognized diving sites and it is included in the top ten diving destinations in the world. With its extreme location and steep walls down to 2000 km and regular sightings of pelagic makes it unique and mystical. It is also said to be a home for several structures on the island – large windmills are provided to have extra electricity on the island.

The 20-meters deep lagoon has some macro creatures to be explored. Seahorses, cuttlefish and pipefish can be seen as well as different schools of sharks roaming around the ocean, this includes Scalloped Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Gray Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks, occasional Threshers and Silvertip Sharks. Stingrays such as Manta rays, Pygmy Devil Rays, Marble Rays, and Eagle Rays are also regular visitors. Spinner Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins following dive boats can also be seen. Over the past few years, rare sightings of whale Sharks, Orcas, and Melon-headed Whales can also be seen and explored.

Best Diving Season:  April to October
Weather: November to March Rainy Season
Water Temperature: 26-30°C
Marine Animal Highlights: Hammerheads Shark, Foxface Rabbitfish, Bristletooth, Titan Triggerfish, Yellow Breasted Wrasse, Foxface Rabbitfish
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Water Visibility: 40m
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