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Layang Layang

How to get to Layang Layang from Singapore

There are only 3 flights a week flying between Kota Kinabalu and Layang Layang Island:

Flight № Departs Departure Time Arrival Time
MASwings private plane charter Kota Kinabalu 5:45 a.m. (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) 6:45 a.m.

For your connecting flight out of Kota Kinabalu, plan to take flights after 12:30 p.m., at least 4 hours after you arrive at Kota Kinabalu from Layang Layang Island. If possible, we recommend spending a night in Kota Kinabalu before taking your next flight out of Kota Kinabalu instead.


We recommend the following flights for your departure:

Flight № Arrives Departure Time Arrival Time
MASwings private plane charter Kota Kinabalu 7:15 a.m. (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) 8:15 a.m.

We also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to avoid financial hassles should the flights between Kota Kinabalu and Layang Layang is rescheduled causing missed connections.

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Located in waters 2,000 metres deep, Layang Layang is an atoll of 13 linked coral reefs. The resort island is part of the 600 islands, reefs and shoals in the South China Sea known as The Spratly’s. The name means ‘Place of Swallows’ in Malay and the island is sometimes known as Swallow Reef.

The atoll isn’t that large – it only covers an area of 14 square kilometres. Situated about 300 km off the Borneo coast, Layang Layang is surrounded by waters teeming with a rich biodiversity of marine life and some of the most heart-stopping diving opportunities around

Crack Reef – A dive which can give everyone a buzz, both depth junkies and shallow reefers. This site sees another extraordinary shallow coral garden flourishing under the sun’s rays, and a gradual descent which becomes a slide into the void of the South China Sea.

Dogtooth Lair – This dive site is named after the schools of large dog-tooth tuna frequently found cruising along this stretch of Layang Layang, especially along the drop-off. Watch out for these awesome creatures; you might see juveniles in small groups or the solitary big fellas, over a metre long and with a large set of pointed gnashers to match.

D’Wall – It seems the derivation of the name of this dive has got lost in time. Most likely the written form of a lazy, Asian pronunciation of ‘The Wall’, it is one of the only genuinely vertical walls in Layang-Layang. In fact, the wall is so steep here that it actually overhangs for the majority of the dive, so it’s a good idea to bring a torch along.

Gorgonian Forest – Many people consider this to be Layang Layang’s signature dive site, and is one of the main areas for hammerhead sharks. Currents can be strong here and this draws in the bigger fish. It also creates fabulous horizontal visibility, commonly in excess of 50 metres.

Navigator’s Lane – This site lies on the northern side of Layang Layang atoll, just to the east of Crack Reef. It boasts of a huge variety of corals – both hard and soft – sea fans and whips.

Shark’s Cave – This is one of Layang Layang’s most famous dives and it has an abundance of sharks of various varieties. Scuba diving in Layang Layang is mostly about big fish action and this site is a good bet for plenty of large pelagic fish.

Snapper’s Ledge – This is a very easy site, and a particularly good spot for drift diving.

The Runway – If you’re the type of diver who loves underwater explorations, especially of the poking your nose (or camera) into crevices, fissures and gullies variety, then the Runway is a “must do” for you.

The Tunnel – The site is located just to the south of Layang Layang Island Resort. It is rather sheltered and as a consequence offers few of the opportunities for diving with the pelagics that other sites of Layang Layang can boast.

The Valley – Some divers have pointed out that when initially entering the water at this part of Layang-Layang, their expectations plummet when greeted with the sight of this flat area with a gentle slope.

Wrasse Strip – This is where the tropical sun shines down through shallow transparent waters, creating a colourful reef garden most divers only dream of. How this site became to be named Wrasse Strip is unknown but it certainly doesn’t have more wrasse species than any other site around Layang Layang Island.

Wreck Point – Contrary to expectations and despite its name, this is not a wreck dive, but is instead a very pleasant coral garden and wall dive. There used to be an old freighter wreck here, but all that remains of it today is a few pieces of scrap iron on the seabed. The site lies to the south west of Dog Tooth Lair.

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