Pulau Layang-layang, also known as Swallow Reef, is an oceanic atoll nestled in the mythical and mystical Spratly Islands archipelagos administered by Malaysia. The atoll measures 7 km long and 2 km wide with a central lagoon. It is located 300 km north-west of its state capital, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The atoll is fringed by 13 coral atolls linked together in a donut shape, creating a relatively calm central lagoon. On the rim of the atoll is a 2000 m vertical drop.
During the past few decades, Pulau Layang-Layang has garnered the interest of divers all over the world due its constant presence of migratory hammerhead sharks that “transit” around the area between the months of April and September.
The average water temperature is 22 to 32 °C, with typical visibility of 60-80 meters. Pristine clear waters, as well as the 2000 m sheer drop around the atoll’s rim, has attracted a multitude of big fishes such as napoleon wrasse, manta ray, giant humphead wrasse, hawkbill turtles, dogtooth tuna, and several species of sharks – reef, hammerhead, leopard and nurse. Many divers have described the place as a “pelagic mecca”. The lack of commercial fishing and human encroachment has led to incredibly healthy and stunning coral reefs that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
This tiny atoll, like most of Spratly Islands, is subject to much regional controversy over countries like Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and China laying claims on the islands. The Royal Malaysian Navy has maintained a military base here since 1983.
The island can be reached either by taking a one hour flight in, or by enduring an 18-hour cruise from the mainland. Flights to the island are operated exclusively by Malaysia Airlines as chartered flights which must be booked through authorized travel providers.
A return flight in and out of the island is currently fixed at SGD 640 per person, inclusive of 25 kg luggage allowance, as of Feb 2019. Bookings are subject to tedious, rigorous bureaucratic red tapes and confirmation processes. It is best to leave these heavy lifting to us so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Flight times are as below:
Kota Kinabalu to Layang Layang: 0530 – 0630
Layang Layang to Kota Kinabalu: 0710 – 0810
Unfortunately, being a chartered, flights are not confirmed until typically two weeks from departure – so hold off your outwards connecting flight until you’ve received confirmation.
Transport around the atoll is either by foot or by resort’s boats.
*based on 6D5N + 1N in KK
- Private chartered flight transfer between BKI and LLIR
- 1 night hotel accommodation at KK (Twin sharing)
- 5 meals a day, served buffet style
- 3 guided boat dives per diving day
- Unlimited jetty dives
- Tanks and weights
- Underwater photography
- Single point of contact during your entire journey, accompanying you from Singapore to LLIR and back
- Instalment plans available when paid for using Singapore-issued credit cards
- Return flight from Singapore (SIN) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)
- Travel insurance
- Gear rental at S$25/day, Dive Computer Rental at +S$70/trip.
- Alcohol and drinks available for purchase at LLIR
- Discretionary tips to your dive guide
Not IncludedDive InsuranceEquipmentTravel Insurance
- Arrival to BKI (KK International Airport)
- Transfer to hotel in KK
- Free and Easy
- Arrival at BKI for check in
- Depart for LLIR
- Arrival. Enjoy the magnificent aerial view of the atoll
- Guest registration, ice breaking, equipment preparation and 1 x check dive with your local guide
Day 3, 4 and 5
- Last boat dive in the morning
- Bird watching in the afternoon
- Depart for BKI and onward to Singapore