Layang Layang Atoll (Swallow Reef)

layang layang atoll

Where is it: Sabah, East Malaysia

Number of Dive Sites: 12

Type of Diving: Guided – boat, deep, drift diving

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced

Main Diving Attraction: Schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks, pristine corals, and the occasional thresher sharks, leopard sharks, silvertip sharks, manta rays, and eagle rays. There have also been rare sightings of whale sharks and melon headed whales.

* Insider Info: Hammerhead mating season typically runs from April to May. Chances of seeing the hammerheads are higher during these months. 

Average Water Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)

Seasonality: March to August

Typical Visibility: 20m (65ft) to 40m (131ft)

General Current Conditions: Mild

Family / Non-Diver Friendly: Yes

Availability of Other Leisure Activities: Snorkelling, birdwatching, kayak

Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau: None

Availability of Medical Facility: None

Availability of Other Facilities: Malaysian Naval Base

* Note: It is highly recommended that you book at least 2 weeks in advance before your arrival date for obtaining permits from the Malaysian Navy for your visit to Layang Layang.

Nearest Jetty: N/A – Only way to get to Layang Layang Atoll is via private plane charter to Layang Layang Airport (IATA: LAC)

Departing Airport: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (IATA: BKI)

Estimated Travel Time to Layang Layang: 1hr

* Note: Flights costs are typically bundled in with the dive packages with fixed schedules. 

0630/0730: BKI to Layang Layang

0800/0900: Layang Layang to BKI

Borneo Dream Travel & Tours

Where is it: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Resort Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese

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