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Underwater Photo Location: Layang Layang

Underwater Photo Location: Layang Layang

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Layang Layang is an atoll 14 square kilometres in diameter jutting 2000 metres from the Ocean depths. In 1985, the Malaysian Federal Government began reclamation works and created a 50-acre island on one part of the reef. Thus, what is ardently known to East Malaysians as "Terumbu Layang Layang" or "Swallow's Reef" has now become Layang Layang Island
We had 5 days diving in Layang Layang (LL) this March. It was good and I would recommend it. The accommodation and food are fine - about 3 star UK hotel standard. The rental gear is adequate, but I would suggest if you are renting take your own extras such as a flag or DSMB, and a compass (LL is 300km offshore, has currents of about 1 knot off the ends of the island at times, and ocean swell). LL has a fleet of 9 or 10 identical dive boats, which are properly kitted out for the local conditions. Each boat holds about 10 divers. Only 2 boats were in use when we were there, because it was the start of the season and there weren't many guests. We were very impressed by the boatman - sharp-eyed and skillful. There are dive guides but you can dive on your own with a buddy if you prefer. The diving consists of big walls falling vertically to great depths, and coral plateaus. Plenty of fish including swirling shoals; sharks on most dives - we saw hammerheads, white tip reef, leopard, and grey reef sharks, often several on a dive; large marble rays, others saw manta also; exceptionally fine coral with many large fans, all in pristine condition. World-class diving, but unsuitable for beginners. The LL resort website is pretty accurate.
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You reach LL by air charter from Kota Kinabalu (KK) in Sabah. If you do go to LL, it might be worth doing a few days there and a few days in Sipadan, which is easily reached from KK.

Facts about Layang Layang
  • It is in Malaysia
  • Layang Layang is in the South China Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-30 Metres 0-100 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
Dive types
dayboatwall

Marine Life
bigsharkscoral

Diving facilities
airhireguidedfriendly

Photo facilities
macrowideangle

by Raoul Caprez
Sea anemone

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Amphiprion chrysopterus

by Debi Henshaw
"Snapper" :o)

by Debi Henshaw
"These are the colours to be wearing this year"

by Debi Henshaw
"Abstract"

by David Henshaw
Landscape study of Ornate Ghost Pipefish. Taken with D200 and 105mm lens

by Debi Henshaw
"One in a crowd" Layang Layang Nikon D200 12-24 lens

by Debi Henshaw
Its all in the fin action :o)

by Debi Henshaw
Ring Eyed Hawkfish taken in Layang Layang :o)

by Raoul Caprez
Taken with a sony T33.

by Raoul Caprez
A very small one taken in Layang-Layang !

by Raoul Caprez
Home sweet home ...

by Raoul Caprez
Do you want to come over ?

by Raoul Caprez
Red sponge for background.

by Raoul Caprez
Picture taken in Layang-Layang with a Sony T33.

by Raoul Caprez
A brave one ...

by Raoul Caprez
Black spots on white "balls".

by Anton Sutheja
first ever pygmy

by Tim Ho
S95 strobeless with no PS or LR editing...
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