Layang Layang Blues

Diving in Layang Layang, Sabah, Malaysia. The cheapest place to see schooling Hammerheads annually (if you are lucky).

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hammerhead Wish

Wx - It has been hot and sunny with calm seas this past week until this afternoon when we had a rain shower.

It has been so good to welcome back old friends from last year who all arrived on Tuesday's flight having visited last season at different times. It was double take x 4 and the staff could almost not believe it as they recognized virtually everyone who stepped off the plane!

The larger plane continues to bring in plenty of supplies and guests are enjoying the delights of fresh fruits and food. A new pastry chef arrived yesterday and set to work straight away to make a birthday cake for one of the japanese party, whose last night it was. They (and we) had so much fun. There were plenty of celebrations for 100, 200 and 300th dives and one by one they all went into the pool. Following suit were all of the Dive Masters who didn't escape the ducking. One last surviving dry DM gave the chasers the runaround the resort grounds, like a scene from The Keystone Cops, before finally succumbing and jumping in with cigarette in one hand and managing to keep it alight!

The school of Jacks is still around letting the divers swim right amongst them as they swim round and round - a truly great experience. We are also graced by turtles swimming around the the reef and dive bombing into the deep. The large school of Bumphead Parrot-fish are also in evidence. On Wednesday one of the groups was lucky enough to see a huge Manta ray swimming out in the blue, it did one sweep to and fro taking a good look at us and then went on its way. At the same time a little Devil ray came by and also did a tour around the group - FANTASTIC! The pair of pygmy sea-horses are still attached to the fan coral at D-Wall - make sure you bring a magnifying glass!

Today was a day for Marble Rays - a family of four, swam slowly around 40m and then later in the afternoon we saw one pretty big one nestled and resting in a nook, that was just about big enough to house it.

Tonight we had 6 people on the Shore Dive and they all had a great time pottering around at the end of the day, careful not to trespass into Navy waters. The area under the jetty was teeming with sea life - 2 large puffer fish (and we mean large!), banded shrimp galore, pipe-fish, octopus, 2 absolutely stunning nudibranchs, a flaming flatworm, a couple of morays, lion-fish in all colours and sizes.

Tomorrow is BBQ day - so fingers crossed - no wash out!jy


  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger Asther said…

    Oh what great news! I mean... I'm so so happy to know that the school of bumphead parrotfish is now back in Layang-Layang.

    And our little seahorsies are still there! Yeah!!!


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