Roo, I have been wanting to dive Layang Layang for a while but every time I go home it's not the right season. Next year I will be in Asia between late March to mid April, so I think it's a right season.
Just want to check with you, I read/heard that the hammerhead there do not come up to more shallow area anymore, normally around 130ft due to the water getting too warm etc. I also heard that the dive resort forbid divers to go below 115ft other wise they make you sit out diving for one day as punishment. What do you know about all these especially the most recent news?
Hi Moses. The resort are definitely very strict on enforcing a 40m depth policy. They have to as they are in the middle of the South China Sea and have no chamber. As far as the warmer water goes, my take would be that it can vary. I always found March and April to have the thermocline a little higher at 20-25m. It wasn't always the case, sometimes we would see them at 30m sometimes 15m and sometimes down deep at 60m+. I guess you'd need to get some feedback from divers who have been there at the start of this season or contact the dive centre directly.
Very good to know - I've been looking for a hammerhead site nearer to my location. How is the best way to get there?
There's a resort on the island. They have a charter flight from Kota Kinabalu. Google 'Avilion Layang Layang resort' - that should get you the info you need.
Hi Roo, is ScubaJunkie the dive operator that goes there? Thinking of going back home to KK next March and pay a visit to Sipadan, probably stay at Kapalai. Been to Sipadan twice, haven't seen the barracuda tornado yet, and certainly not manta ray!
Oh, Sipadan Barrier Reef doesn't need permit does it? Kind of bored with Mabul so I want to go some place with more reef.
Yes ScubaJunkie is the operator that goes there. They've had some great mobula encounters there with large schools sometimes. No Permit needed