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Layang Layang

Extraordinary wall dives with with a rich biodiversity of marine life

Layang Layang is an atoll of 13 linked coral reefs off the north coast of Sabah which is fringed by some of the most extraordinary coral gardens. The clear nutrient-rich waters permit dense coral growth to a depth of more than 50 meters (164 feet). The walls descend to as deep as 2000 meters (1.2 miles). The deep water around the atoll provides some excellent wall diving, and exciting pelagic encounters, with remarkable visibility.

Layang Layang is surrounded by waters teeming with a rich biodiversity of marine life. The atoll is best known for vast schools of hammerheads that sometimes number in the hundreds. The occasional thresher shark, leopard sharks, silvertip sharks, pigmy seahorses, jacks and barracudas, manta rays and eagle rays can be seen here as well.

The season for Layang Layang is short, namely March to October. Outside of this time the sea conditions are not conducive to diving.

Depth m/ft

5 - >40/16->131

Visibility m/ft

20-40/65-131

Temperature C/F

27-30/81-86

Lionfish at Layang Layang (photo by Olden2012)
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Layang Layang (photo by Olden2012)
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Soft corals at Layang Layang (photo by Olden2012)
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Staghorn corals at Layang Layang (photo by Albert Kok)
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