Layang Layang

Discussion in 'Malaysia and Singapore' started by gee13, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. gee13

    gee13 Regular of the Pub

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    Would like to get a lowdown of what the diving is like in Layang Layang. How to get there, costs bracket and types of diving. Is it worth it if I take a 2nd trip back to Sabah or should I go back to Sipadan? How is the pelagic life there?
     
  2. Zippsy

    Zippsy Scuba Instructor

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    Been to Sipadan already but not Layang2? Go to LL, I'd say. The diving is awesome. Don't skip the shore dives. Go late-March to June. Fly to Kota Kinabalu and the resort has the only plane chartered that goes the rest of the way and it flies a few times a day. Take alcohol with you if you are into that. Cross your fingers and hope for hammerheads but don't get your hopes too high. The diving is awesome without them.
     
  3. xariatay

    xariatay Manta Ray

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    I went to Sipadan & LL in May. Prefer LL...
    The Layang Layang package was from Nemo Travel - Per divers $1732/-. 5D 4N packages = $1055/-, Additional one night = $245/-, Domestic Flight = $382/-, 3 way airport transfer and 1 night stay at Kota Kinabalu = $50/- These prices are in Sgd, only for s'porean & permanent residents (pls check w Nemo)... I think LL is worth the price!
     
  4. gee13

    gee13 Regular of the Pub

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    Sounds good, what kind of diving is is to be had there? Do the packages just cover the boat dives? When is the best season/month for Hammerheads? I mean if from late march to june what is the most likely month?
     
  5. mobeeno

    mobeeno Manta Ray

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    How far in advance should one book to dive LL. Does it have a daily limit of divers per day like Sipadan?
     
  6. Zippsy

    Zippsy Scuba Instructor

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    Other than the unlimited shore dives of the jetty - which are normally included in the price and also normally "limited" to a sunset dive - everything else is deep wall dives where you eventually come up to the shallow fringing reef. You have a chance of seeing hammers anytime in that time frame but they never get the memo about when exactly they should make their appearances. The hammers are definitely the top draw but I also greatly enjoyed the rest of the sharks, marble rays, schools of jacks & cuda's, as well as the macro and very healthy reef.
     
  7. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Dive Resort

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    i love the healthy shallow coral reefs there, that was my fave part about LL

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  8. eugene73

    eugene73 Angel Fish

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    Does anyone know the DM to divers ratio, and how early is the first dive at LLIR?
     
  9. Cabbie

    Cabbie Barracuda

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    Black Manta is running trips to LL and Borneo Banks in May and June this year if you want a LOB option...pick up the boat in KK.
     
  10. Dreamdivegirl

    Dreamdivegirl Nassau Grouper

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    Hi, I have been diving at both Sipadan and LL in the past couple of years. I found LL had stunning corals on the drop offs (I was just amazed by the colours), a wider selection of sharks to see and great for knowing you'll dive drop-offs everyday. Sipadan is turtle heaven - you'll be blown away by the volume of turtles you see on every dive. The downside to Sipadan is that there are limited permits (120) to dive there each day.

    LL Resort is open from March - end August. The Hammerhead breeding season is April - May, but they tend to be deep (> 40m). We had one Divemaster to 8/9 Divers. I'd recommend you need to be an experienced, confident certified diver to get the best diving experience at LL as you need to happy diving in strong currents (often down currents) and looking after yourself - but the diving is great.

    LL is fairly expensive (around RM3500 plus LLIR flight for a 5D4N Diver Package). But worth it. Enjoy :)
     
  11. gee13

    gee13 Regular of the Pub

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    Thanks for all the great and helpful responses. How much actually is the return flight from KK to LL? I have heard it is expensive.
     
  12. eugene73

    eugene73 Angel Fish

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    The return flight from BKI to LLIR

    SGD $382 with all airport tax (Singaporean Rate*)
    USD $285 with all airport tax (International Rate)

    *Applicable for Singaporeans, Singapore PR, Holders of Singapore work permit. Otherwise, International Rate shall apply.
     
  13. Bronson

    Bronson Scuba Instructor

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    I have been to LL several times and at different times of the year. Suggest going in April/May which had the most stuff on the reef. Good input above so i will only add that Black Manta is a "class act" and have used them many times and will use them again but they are not the same as staying at the LL resort. Very difference experience...i am not saying better or worse...just different.
     
  14. Zippsy

    Zippsy Scuba Instructor

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    From the resort, we had one guide for 12 guests. Not a good ratio but the dive sites are huge.
     
  15. xariatay

    xariatay Manta Ray

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    We have had dive briefing at 8am or even 7:30am... There would be a light breakfast before & then a full breakfast after the 1st dive...
     
  16. Dreamdivegirl

    Dreamdivegirl Nassau Grouper

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    Hi, the flights are RM930 (for non-Malaysians). This is for the return flight from BKI - LLIR.
     
  17. gee13

    gee13 Regular of the Pub

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    Wow I have been so excited about possibly booking for LL, but the return flights really seem really steep by MAL standards. This means I have to get to KL, then KL to KK, then KK to LL. All add up to quite a lot.
     
  18. eugene73

    eugene73 Angel Fish

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    Try AirAsia. They're a budget airline, but not much difference (compared with MAS) for such a short flight. the KK-LL flight IS expensive. alternative's a boat ride, but it'll take too looooooooooong.
     
  19. Bredman

    Bredman Nassau Grouper

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    I completely agree with Dreamdivergirl. I dove LL 2 years ago(with report posted on this forum) and it is still the finest diving I've ever done. 3 dive days typically, with night diving around the jetty available for the truly keen. It is deep (30-40m) for the first two, then a more shallow dive in the afternoon. Long surface intervals (2hrs+) and good food.

    Saw schools of hammers, 1 thresher, mantas almost every day and more small stuff than you can shake a camera at. I've heard that the numbers of hammers has waned in recent years, but still well worth the trip, and certainly better than sipadan.
     
  20. mobeeno

    mobeeno Manta Ray

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    How much for Malaysians.

    What kind of pelagics can be seen July/August

    Is it best to book flight from BKI-LLIR and Resort together or separately
     

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