Layang Layang Island, a coral atoll that is truly one of nature’s best creations. Dubbed “The Jewel of the Borneo Banks”, Layang Layang reveals, to many people’s delight the things dreams are made of… a truly magical marine kingdom of bottomless blue decorated with a kaleidoscope of nature’s most lavish seascape.
In the middle of ancient South China Sea, 300kms North West off the coast of Sabah, Layang Layang lies like a beautiful emerald kissed by the sun and teased playfully by the winds. Time and tide has linked 13 coral reefs to form a languid lagoon with just a fraction of it breaking the calm surface of the sea. This atoll is also home to one of the most converted diving sites in the world.
The island in the centre of the atoll is man-made and quite small, so there is only one resort. To get the Layang Layang, you will need to fly for about an hour from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.
You will find that divers make the pilgrimage to Layang Layang during the scalloped hammerhead mating season to catch the schools of hammerheads that grace the waters. White tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and large shoals of fish are commonly spotted at Layang Layang. And some lucky divers get the chance to interact with the playful dolphins that visit, mantas, eagle rays and even the occasional whaleshark.
Best Time To Dive
Diving in Layang layang is open from February to October.
There are approximately 12 dive sites in Layang Layang. Hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks, dolphins, mantas, whalesharks, reef sharks – take you chance on Layang Layang’s dive sites to catch these pelagic beauties amongst shoals of fish and wall dives.