Layang Layang Island Resort offers the perfect mix of comfortable accommodation, fantastic service and exhilarating dive experiences. With regular sightings of schooling hammerhead sharks and plunging reefs to explore, LLIR is the perfect choice for divers looking to explore this remote marine haven.

LAYANG LAYANG ISLAND RESORT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Remote resort in the South China Sea
  • World-class dive sites just 5-15 minutes away from the resort
  • Experienced guides & well-managed dive centre, dedicated to creating an exciting, yet safe, dive experience
FACILITIES
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Spa
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Equipment Rental
Ideal For
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About Layang Layang Island Resort

Lying 300 kilometres off the coast of Sabah and part of the remote Spratly Islands, Layang Layang Island Resort is built on an artificial island on the edge of the atoll’s huge central lagoon. Originally created as a base for the Royal Malaysian Navy, the island now has an airstrip, the resort itself and a busy colony of seabirds - all surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of blue ocean. The resort offers the only accommodation and diving on the atoll, and does so in style - it’s distinct accommodation built in a traditional long house-style and enormous swimming pool offer a relaxing break between dives, while the resort and dive centre staff make sure guest’s needs are well taken care of.

Perfect for anyone looking for an escape from civilization, Layang Layang Island Resort’s real attraction is the unmatched dive sites around the atoll. This unique underwater ecosystem has reefs dropping to depths of up to 2,000 metres, and nutrient-rich currents that invite schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks, and even the occasional Orca. Even above the water, the island is home to colonies of migratory birds that raise their young in the safety of isolated sandbanks around the atoll.

Rooms

DELUXE

Authentically styled after a traditional Sabahan longhouse, Layang Layang Island Resort’s 54 guest rooms are all air-conditioned and feature a private veranda, writing desk, fit with coffee and tea making facilities in the room. En-suite bathrooms are large and clean, complete with a rain-style shower and complimentary toiletries. The friendly housekeeping and guest services staff accommodate anything you could need. Wi-Fi is sparse and infrequent given the resort’s truly remote location. Triple the size of Standard rooms, the resort’s deluxe options are fitted with a king sized bed, feather pillows, and private Jacuzzi in addition to all the standard guest amenities. 

STANDARD

Authentically styled after a traditional Sabahan longhouse, Layang Layang Island Resort’s 54 guest rooms are all air-conditioned and feature a private veranda, writing desk, fit with coffee and tea making facilities in the room. En-suite bathrooms are large and clean, complete with a rain-style shower and complimentary toiletries. The friendly housekeeping and guest services staff accommodate anything you could need. Wi-Fi is sparse and infrequent given the resort’s truly remote location. Triple the size of Standard rooms, the resort’s deluxe options are fitted with a king sized bed, feather pillows, and private Jacuzzi in addition to all the standard guest amenities. 

Resort facilities

Set along the edge of the central lagoon, the three-star accommodation is well-appointed with all the creature comforts needed for a comfortable escape in a remote paradise. While not designed for a luxurious holiday, staff are considerate and attentive, going out of their way to ensure guests feel right at home. In-room amenities are refreshed as often as you’d like, complete with unexpected touches like fresh flowers and towels arranged in oragami-styled hammerhead sharks and turtles!

The resort’s sunset restaurant serves up international food to accommodate a range of preferences - and to keep energy levels up ahead of the next dive. Buffet-style meals are served five times a day, and once a week, the entire staff hosts a beautiful Malay-inspired family meal in place of the standard buffet dinner. There’s also the cheerful Hammerhead Bar with well-priced drinks - the only bar in hundreds of kilometres of ocean - a palm-fringed swimming pool, and full-service spa.

General Gift shop 24-hour security
Food & Drink Restaurant Bar Full board Buffet Vegetarian options Other dietary requirements BBQ Special events
Outdoors Pool Sunset terrace
Activities Standup paddleboards Snorkeling equipment Kayaks
Health & Wellness Spa Jacuzzi
Services Laundry services Room service
Dive centre facilities

The dive centre is well-equipped with quality dive gear, five dive boats, and a passionate dive team. Guides are conscientious and prioritize safety on these exciting dives. Briefings review everything from the underwater itinerary, the reefs and walls, current and depth expectations, and of course, full safety protocols. With challenging conditions and group sizes that can become quite large during high season, the sites are best suited for slightly more experienced, self-reliant divers. To ensure safe, well-planned dives, the resort requests that divers are certified to at least an Advanced level with 50 logged dives, and dive insurance is required. Certification courses are available through the centre including specialties like Deep Diving to 40 metres - a must to maximize chances of encountering the deep water Hammerhead schools.

Layang Layang rises sharply from the surrounding 2,000m deep ocean and more than a dozen connected coral reefs with sheer, vertical walls define the edge of the atoll. The location, currents, and dramatic underwater seascape make for an ecosystem packed with adrenaline-pumping pelagic life. While on the hunt for the “big fish” like hammerhead sharks and manta rays, divers can find themselves alongside huge schools of Jacks, countless reef fish, and curious turtles and triggerfish. The atoll is visited by passing cetaceans and pods of dolphins often accompany the dive boats traveling between dive sites, and even Orca are encountered every season.

Dive centre Nitrox Teaching pool Night diving
Equipment Equipment rental Computer rental Camera rental DIN adaptors Equipment storage Camera wash tanks

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Layang Layang Island Resort

The atoll and adjacent reefs of the Spratly Islands are some of the most remote reef ecosystems in Asia, and the resort works in concert with local authorities to ensure sustainable operations that do nothing to disrupt the delicate ecological balance. Conservation-driven policies are strictly adhered to, including respecting a no-gloves rule on dives to limit improper interactions with the reef. The resort staff conduct shore cleans around the island on a regular basis - the island doesn’t produce much of its own waste but diligently collects rubbish washed ashore from faraway mainland sources. Its dive centre also maintains an artificial reef and wreck just off its pier in the Layang Layang Island lagoon.

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