Wrasse Strip   Click on the image to launch video

Wrasse Strip

Wrasse strip is one of the most eye-opening coral dives in the world. Hard and soft corals are on display in full technicolour and unique formations, some so intricate that they resemble an English horticulture show.
The fish each have their own little kingdom of coral that they seem to stand guard over. There are large coral bommies with small caverns and overhangs that are home to batfish, sweet lips and soldier fish.
Trigger fish lurk in this area so keep an eye out for the Titan Trigger. These guy will have you hustling your butt out of there quicker than you can say golly that chap tried to head butt me and steal my flipper.
Turtles are seen regularly as well as schools of surgeons, jacks, barracuda, and if you are lucky, a small school of manta rays. Hammer-heads are also regulars here in their hundreds and compacted groups.

The Valley   Click on the image to launch video

The Valley

The Valley is a gentle slope with large formations of hard corals, Groupers, sweet-lips, large schools of surgeon fish and fusiliers roam the site. Trigger fish have their nests here so mind your manners!
Though the depth stays shallow - 10 to 15 meters, until it drop-off into the deep blue, there are many areas to explore. Schools of barracude and skinner swim in the area with the occasional reef shark cruising the length and breath of the dive site. Turtle tend to settle in this area to rest in the shallows.
The coral formations are huge with overhangs and crevices to explore. Soft corals adorn the underside of these formations. Keep a lookout for the small and unusual. Flat-worms, nudibranchs and crustations crawl along the corals in rainbow of colours and size. Among the numerous anemone patches a Golden Anenome has been spotted. So if you locate this rare species, inform the divemaster so that it can be shared with the rest of the divers.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle

Sharks' Cave   Click on the image to launch video

Sharks' Cave

No free beers for guessing what the attraction here is. One starts the dive on the edge of the drop off in 3m of water and you drift down the face to a sand ledge where one will find several Leopard sharks resting. If you move slowly and carefully, you'll be able to get close to them, and watch them watching you with eyes as black as coal.
Swimming past sea fans, whips, and coral formations, you'll see tuna and reef sharks glide by the come in close.
You then find yourself in front of the sharks cave. At the back of this tranquil cavern, lay the small white tips huddled togather as a family. Move slowly and gently. Do not fence or entrap the sharks and they will stay there possing for photographs. But move erratically and you will steer them and there will be sharks, divers, bubbles and sediment everywhere. You will not be popular with the other divers who miss out on these misunderstood creatures.
Once out of the cave you can make your way along another majestic portion of the wall. With the deep water that surrounds our atoll, monitor your depth, air supply and you bottom time. Were well set up for diver emergencies but prevention is better than cure.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle

D'Wall   Click on the image to launch video

D'Wall

D'Wall is a sheer, vertical, straight-down, free-fall an amazing piece of nature. The drop-off starts in 1m of water and then presto! on is falling into 2,000m of water. The wall plummets to the depths so mind your buoyancy and depth control of a max of 40m.
The wall face is breathtaking, adorned with life and colour. Schools of surgeons and jacks cascade down the face of the wall like a waterfall. Sea whips and sea fans defy gravity, while silver and bait fish dart and dive about.
Sharks cruise this area white tips, grey-reef, and hammerhead sharks have been seen on many occasions. And the majestic manta rays glide gracefully slowly up the wall.
On the wall face, barrel sponges, coral formations, even anemones grow, and gornonians extend into the blue. Take a while to appreciate small creatures such as arrow crabs, nudibranch, clams and the tiny formations of 'stem coral'.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle or hire an additional unit from us.

Snapper Ledge   Click on the image to launch video

Snapper Ledge

Snapper ledge is a safe and easy dive with magnificient corals and colourful reef fish. For photographers, its a good spot for wide-angle, macro and close-up, when the sun is directlt on it. One can simply drift along with the current and relax-lah, as we say in Malaysia.
Remember to watch your depth and avoid collision with the corals.
Best lenses for this site: Macro, close up and wide-angle

The Runway   Click on the image to launch video

The Runway

The Runway is a breathtaking dive with deep vertical walls, gullies and crevasses. Reef fish swim vertically, an unusual sight that takes getting used to. Schools of jacks cascade down the wall and large tuna swim by, on the lookout for a free meal. Schools of bait fish, fusiliers, and surgeon fish sparkle and glitter in the crystal clear water.
Sharks and manta-rays cruise the wall; hammerheads have on occasion been seen in this area, so always look seawards, with fingers crossed.
Remember that the depth limit is 40m in these waters. With so much to see its easy to accidentally exceed this limit, especially the photographers among you.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle.

The Tunnel   Click on the image to launch video

The Tunnel

The Tunnel is a hard coral-lovers dream and a beautiful night dive with its spectrum of colourful and dense marine corals.
Theres a myriad of hard corals such as staghorn, plate, table, mushroom and brain corals and an abundance of reed fish, ranging from the anthias to travellers. Moray eels lie in cubby holes and gullies of the coral formations and occasionally a turtle drifts past indifferently. At 10m, the coral slope gives way to vertical drop-off which is home to soft corals and sponges of all descriptions and colour.
On occasion amber-jacks can be seen swimming around, forming large barrel. If one drifts to this formation slowly, one can enter the coil of fish and provided you swim in the same circular manner, the 'jacks' will accept you as one of their own; and round and round you go with your new-found friends.
Photographers should stay with the close-up or macro kits, but if you are going to move along the wall face, go 'loaded for bear'. You're in 2,000m of water, the large and unusual can present themselves to you in the blink of an eye.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle

Wreck Point   Click on the image to launch video

Wreck Point

This dive site is also an enjoyable snorkel. In the shallows we have hard coral gardens awash with an abundance of small, beautiful tropical reef fish. These reflective spots of colour dance about the dense hard corals in choreographed tranquility. On the drop-off, clusters of soft corals hang defying gravity, swaying in the current.
Over the edge, at 20m+ levels, there are barrel sponges, gorgonian fans, sea whips and an amazing view as the wall fades into the depths of the ocean. Manta rays, dogtooth tuna, reef sharks are spotted here on a regular basis, so look seaward from time to time as you make your way along the wall.
Wreck point is also an interesting night dive in the shallow caverns and cull-de-sacs. A huge humphead parrot hish sleeps in the shallow drop-off. Be careful not to stare at this gentle giant or it may, in an attempt to get away, collide with you, and we all know who will come away worse off.
Take your time in the sand slopes where there are sand-divers / razor fish that simply dive straight into the sand. You need to go slow to catch these interesting characters.
Best lens for this site: Macro

Dogtooth Lair   Click on the image to launch video

Dogtooth Lair

This is a one-in-a-million dive. It has all that one could wish for from large to small of both fish and corals.
Turtle gently glide along, schools of fusiliers and surgeon fish swim by, and swirling horse-eye jacks move like twisters across the thick and healthy coral formations. There are overhangs and ledges to be explored. One can find stingrays asleep next to white-tip reef sharks.
At the drop-off, large sun-fish have been seen. And look out for the hammer-head sharks as this is part of their cruising area. Cleaning stations abound and there is a wide variety of nudibranch along side flat-worms.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle

Gorgonian Forest   Click on the image to launch video

Gorgonian Forest

This one of the main areas for the hammer-head sharks, but its most beautiful feature is the dense forest-like formation of gorgonian sea fans that line the drop-off wall.
Schooling fish large and small are abundant here and the hard corals are spectacular. Sponges of fantastic proportions grow along the walls and the sea whips spear the blue. Amongst all these plentiful growth, charge the horse-eye jacks in their thousands, swimming along side tuna, surgeon fish, fusilier and grey-reef sharks.
If you're lucky, you'll also catch schooling hammer-heads here. Keep your eye on your dive master if he or she swim out, follow slowly and quietly. Although hammer-head sharks may a fearful reputation, they are in fact shy creatures and will swim off quickly.
In the shallows, there are many small to large coral formations. Sweet-lips can be photographed up close and giant groupers hang out along the wall. Approach gently or they will disappear down a little hole. Barracudas cruise by and swim along with you as if escorting you through their domain. One or two dives are not enough for this unbelievable site of breathtaking beauty.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle

Crack Reef   Click on the image to launch video

Crack Reef

Crack-reef is a relax-lah dive site with lots of reef activity and gravity-defying corals, sponges, sea-whips and sea-fans. The fish tumble down the walls side and then race back up the wall as if going to the surface for air. Turtles cruise indifferently along the steep walls and white-tip sharks drift by lazily.
Its called Crack-Reef because the dive begins on a large vertical crack in the wall that starts at the surface and plummets to 40+m. Please watch your depth limit and air consumption. Sometimes strong currents will help you cruise the wall with ease, so please do not grab the coral formations just to get that one shot in a million.
Best lenses for this site: Macro and wide-angle

DIVE SITES

DIVE SITES

Layang Layang is a coral atoll of 14 square kilometres in diameter, jutting out to about 2,000 metres from the depths of the South China Sea. In 1985, the Malaysian Federal Government began reclamation works and created a 50-acre island on a part of the reef. Since then, what was previously known as 'Terumbu Layang Layang' or 'Swallow's Reef' is now Layang Layang Island.

Layang Layang Dive Sites

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