Layang-Layang Island

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Layang-Layang Island

Layang-Layang Island

Layang-Layang Atoll
Layang-Layang or "Swallow Reefs" is an oceanic atoll, which lies about 300km north of Labuan near the famous Spratly group of islands. It is a world class diving and fishing paradise. Some rate it as a "Big fish and wall diving Mecca of Southeast Asia".

Layang-Layang Island
Its coral walls plunge and staggering 2000 metres down to the floor of the South China Sea. Its warm waters are crystal clear with visibility averaging underwater world. Large shoals of pelagics, including massive numbers of barracuda, jacks and the hammerhead shark frequent these waters. By one tour operator account, an awesome school of hammerhead sharks numbering a hundred regularly visit Layang-Layang. Manta rays with fin spans of over 10 feet are also found here. Other residents include the Napoleon Wrasse, Hawksbill turtles, Dog tooth tuna, Giant hammerhead wrasse and the White tip reef sharks.

Layang-Layang Island

The atoll has a 1,067 metres airstrip and a comfortable 90 rooms three-star resort. Every room is air conditioned with private amenities and comes equipped with TV, fridge, extra size beds and a private oceanfront balcony. There is a 200 seat restaurant, full service PADI dive centre, a free form water pool and souvenir shop. This is every serious diver and angler's "must visit" island.

Sabah - Getting There

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's state capital, situated on the West Coast, is the eastern gateway to Malaysia's attraction of magnificent beaches, islands, fascinating culture, unique nature parks and more.....

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and other major airlines run scheduled aircraft services from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Bandar Sri Begawan, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. International connections from the rest of the world are available from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila. MAS operates to the major towns within Sabah.

You need to pay an airport service charge of RM40 for international flights, or RM5 for domestic flights. This Figure is usually built into your airline ticket cost.

Bookings can be arranged through the offices of Malaysia Airlines or through any local travel agent.

Taxis from the airport operate under a controlled system. You purchase a coupon from the counter for your destination, and hand it to the taxi driver. You need not pay him in cash at all.

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