Layang-Layang Island

Layang Layang, also means "swallow reef" is fast becoming another one of Malaysia's premier dive destinations after the world-famous Sipadan Island. The island, 300 km northwest of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is also known as the 'Jewel of the Borneo Banks'. The interesting feature about this island is its Coral walls plunge a staggering 6,000 feet (2,000 metres) down to the seabed of the South China Sea. Venturing below the surface of the sparkling blue water, you will then meet with an average visibility of 150 feet (50 metres) and find a dive destination that is largely unexplored.

The island has a luxurious 90-room dive resort, a Malaysian naval base and a nesting colony for several sea-faring migratory birds. The reef topography is essentially made up of a rich growth of hard corals; some so shallow that they break the sea surface during low tides, but most begin at depths of about 5m right down to the ocean floor.

Some of the marine animals observed around the 14 dive sites include black-tip sharks, hammerheads, jacks barracudas, bump-head parrotfish, lionfish, moray eels, turtles, nudibranches, gobies and the ghost pipe fish. Spinner and bottlenose dolphins frequently follow the dive boats to each location and divers are sometimes rewarded with diverse fish life and visiting pelagic marine life.