We flew to Layang Layang via Kota Kinabalu by chartered plane. It was a cute little propeller plane and in much better condition than the ones I flew in The Philippines and Indonesia. Nonetheless, we still had to go a bit snap-happy!
We could see the pilots very clearly through the open cabin and were very amused watching them go through their pre-flight checks and put on their own seat belts.
We flew over the beautiful outlying islands off KK…
… flying low enough to see our own shadow in the pretty turquoise waters below.
It was then followed by nothing but blue water for a while, until the pilots announced that we’d reached Layang Layang and that they would bank the plane to let us have a good view of the atoll island. It was great flying a chartered plane! Not only were they patient enough to wait for us to finish the touristy photo-taking before takeoff, they also gave us a good few turns of the island to take pictures to our hearts content.
You can just about see the shape of the atoll in this picture, together with the lagoon formed in the middle.
The resort is on this thick bit of the atoll that has definitely been reclaimed. There’s the air strip, the resort and the Malaysian air base and nothing else.
The rest of the atoll isn’t really much of an island, with quite a lot of it underwater most times of the day.
It was a lovely place smack in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but sea and sky stretching out as far as the eye could see.
It was especially beautiful at sunset with wide panaromas of coloured sky throwing their colours onto white clouds…
… as well as casuarinas and hardy tropical pines silhouetted beautifully against the setting sun.
We went on sunset walks before dinner when we weren’t completely knackered from the diving to take in as much as we could.
Inside the very charming resort, we found different sea creatures in the room. Some days we had angelfish, other days a turtle, and on one special day, we had a pair of manta rays come visit!
And on the last day of diving, a hammerhead came to visit us. It was so sweet of the resort staff to put in special touches like these to make our day even better.
More to come soon on the diving!