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Layang Layang (Malaysia), Far East & Australia

Layang Layang scuba diving holiday packages with Sportif Dive offers Malaysian diving holidays with spectacular wall diving and luxury beach spa hotels. This remote coral atoll is situated approximately 300km off the coast of Sabah, approx one hour’s flight from Kota Kinabalu. The atoll is 14sqkm in diameter and rises 2,000m from the ocean floor offering some spectacular wall diving. In 1985 the Malaysian Government reclaimed and created a 50 acre island on part of the reef, now known as Layang Layang Island.

There are 14 main dive sites, all reached within 10-15 mins by boat from the resort and the average visibility is 50m! The reefs are largely unexplored with wonderful drop-offs, superb corals and prolific fish life. Layang Layang is famous for its hammerheads which are commonly seen, with the best time of year being March to June. Other sharks normally encountered include leopard, black tip and white tip plus dolphins, giant mantas, barracuda and giant morays. Commonly known as "The Jewels of the Borneo Banks", this island atol rises from 2000m with surrounding coral reefs provides spectacular diving scenery, huge fans, deep sea atolls and big fish action - it really has it all! See our review of the reef diving sites around Layang Layang here >

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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: March to August.

Average Air temps: 30°C

Average Water temps: 26-30°C

Visibility: 30-60m.

Top Dive Sites:
13 coral reef surround the islands with dive sites such as The Valley, Sharks Cave, DWall, Wreck Point, Gorgonian Forest and Dogtooth Lair. More >

Dive Centre:
Accommodation and dive packages plus PADI dive courses. More >

Great Reasons to Dive in Layang Layang

  • Pristine reefs & spectacular wall diving.
  • Shark diving - scalloped hammerheads, silvertips, grey reef, thresher & leopard.
  • Large number of large pelagics - mantas, stingray, tuna, barracuda & dolphins.
  • Macro life for photographers.
  • Bird island sanctuary.



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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