Layang Layang Island Quick Guide
A truly oceanic island where one can easily find a thriving pelagic marine life. The surrounding sea level is approximately 2000 meters deep and the island is located merely 300 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo (East Malaysia). Now, everyone can fly to the island with a private flight from Kota Kinabalu which chartered by Layang Layang Island Resort. Hence, kick start your adventure by catching some sleep and get up early the following morning.
Getting To Layang Layang Island
Being located close to the heart of South China Sea, expect limited access to elements from anything beyond the shores. As most will be utilizing a private flight from Kota Kinabalu, a vacation in town before or after your dive trip is always an option.
Flight to Layang Layang Island
The only airport and way of access by public to Layang Layang Island is by flight, chartered by Layang Layang Island Resort. Please note that resort will announce the flight schedule 6 months before the travel date.
Layang Layang Island flight used to depart from Kota Kinabalu Internatiol Airport about 5.45 AM in the morning, guest are advise at airport terminal 1 counter B12-B15 before 4.15 AM for check in and registration.
Flight journey: 1 hour
Airlines: Private chartered
Sea Transfer to Layang Layang Island
Some may ask, how about we take a boat ride to Layang Layang Island? Yes you may chartered a boat ride with estimate of 24 hours to Layang Layang Island, but you will need the approval from Majlis Keselamatan Negara (National Security Council) prior your trip, and there's no shelter along the open sea journey.
Layang Layang Island open to public from February to July annually, mating season for hammerhead sharks begin from this period as well. Besides of hammerhead sharks, there's chances to meet manta ray, whale shark, thresher shark or even killer whale (orca) occasionally! Permanent residents are dolphin, whitetip shark, giant trevally, barracuda, jack fish and many more. Crystal clear underwater visibility ranging in between 20 - 80 meters year round.
Layang Layang Island recommendation
However, you’ll stand a high chance to meet schools of hammerhead shark in month of April during their mating season. Looking to get the best value out of your money? Come as close to April as possible!