Layang Layang, Dallas reef, Mariveles reef Itinerary

Layang Layang is situated in very deep waters with the drop off outside the island's reef falling away to approximately 2,000 meters. Given its location in the middle of nowhere, the ocean waters are clear and unpolluted. Deep water marine species such as Hammerhead sharks visit this location. Other pelagic visitors include Manta Rays, Mobula rays, barracuda & giant trevallly, we have even enjoyed visits by the occasional Thresher shark! As well as the deep blue waters, the coral gardens that decorate the shallow water reef tops are in fantastic condition and with no fishing permitted, the fish life is abundant.

Sample Itinerary

Note; all schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, local conditions, & naval exercises.

Day 1. (0 dives); 2pm Trip Departure day.  Our staff will meet you upon your arrival Kota Binabalu Airport or local hotel and transfer you to the awaiting White Manta.  Sail from Sutera Harbour Marina by 2pm to Layang Layang.   Eat, sleep, watch movies, read & relax.

Day 2. (4 dives) 8am. Navy clearance, Layang Layang; The Point, shark cave, Gorgonian forest, crack reef.

Day 3. (4 dives) Morning dive in search for Hammerhead sharks, we sail to Dallas reef. 2 dives at Dallas, we sail back to Layang Layang for a dusk dive and for overnight shelter.

Day 4. (4 dives) 2x morning dives at Dogtooth Lair, then back to Layang Layang for late afternoon and night dive.

Day 5. (4 dives) Today, we make 4 different dives around Layang Layang. Wrasse Strip or The Point for more sharks, snapper's ledge, Valley.  

Day 6. (2 dives) Revisit 2 great dives. The sail back and return to Sutera Harbour where you spend last night on board.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.

Day 7. (0 dives) 5am-12pm.  Check out after light breakfast, farewells, and transfer to local hotel or airport.

Diving days: 5 days (18 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Sutera Harbour Marina, Kota Kinabalu, just 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Airport.

How to Get to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

Dive Site Information

  • Water Temp; 27-30 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp; 28-35 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility; 10-30+ meters,
  • Current; medium to strong
  • Level; experienced & Advanced ONLY.
  • Best Time to Dive; April to June for best weather & visibility

What’s included?

  • Round trip transfer local Hotel/Airport - Boat*
  • All nights' accommodation on Boat
  • All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo,
  • Towels, toiletries, cabin services,
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular Air Tanks, weights, belt, 5 dive guides (1x Instructor, 4x Dive Master)

What’s excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • National Marine Park fees*
  • Dive & travel insurance
  • Massage services
  • Soft drinks, alcohol, Nespresso coffee,
  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Diving gear subject to availability
  • Nitrox Enriched Air fills
  • Note; Diving Gear Items priced per diving day and are subject to availability.
  • Note: Exposure suits; 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.  

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 2pm, 1st Day - Sutera Harbour Marina, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Or earlier if everyone arrives before. Free transfer from BKI Airport or local hotel to White Manta on Trip Departure day
  • Return; 5am - Sutera Harbour Marina, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.  We arrive back to K.K early morning.  After a light breakfast and fond farewells, we will take you to local hotel or Airport in time for Check-in & flight (transfer time 10 mins).  Note; latest WM Check-out, midday.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm (midday), Penultimate Day. Plenty of time for R&R while we sail back to Kota Kinabalu where we spend last night on White Manta.  This also allows for your minimum 18 hours surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

White Manta Reminders


  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to & from Kota Kinabalu. 
  • Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
  • Airlines normally have 20Kg allowance, although you may pay for 10Kg extra when booking, if needed (around US$3/kilo). With an additional 7kg carryon.

Travel Documents

  • Note; late receipt of Passport details may very likely lead to delayed departure & significant changes to the itinerary. We MUST receive guest’s details well in advance in the trip.
  • Passport; we need to apply for your Borneo Banks Diving “Security” Permit in advance of your trip.  In order for us to do this please can you send a scanned clear copy of your Passport (face page) or Travel Document upon booking.
  • Passport; ensure your passport is in good order, has enough pages, is valid for at least 9 months, and that you can enter Malaysia.  If unsure then please check with your local Malaysian Embassy BEFORE your trip.

Health & Insurance

  • Dive Insurance; compulsory for this trip.  We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs.  If not covered them we recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network) or their Asia Pacific branch.
  • Dive Computer; compulsory on this trip.  We have rentals onboard if you do not have.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
  • Travel Insurance; please NOTE: we cannot be held accountable for airline flight changes, delays, or cancellations.  We STRONGLY advise you take out adequate insurance to cover such eventualities.  We recommend World Nomad for their flexible worldwide cover for travel insurance.


  • Internet; Satellite Wi-Fi (charges apply)
  • Mobile; once we leave Sutera Harbour and sail out to sea cell coverage is virtually non existent. On arrival to Layang Layang things are not much better, whilst there is some local cell coverage close to the resort most of the time we will be out of range and reliant on our Satellite wifi system.

Trip Extras payment onboard

  • By Credit card comes with 4.5% additional handling fee.
  • By Cash we accept US Dollars, Euros, Singaporean Dollars, and Malaysian Ringghit.  Please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept.  Exchange rates differ for USD100/50 bills and USD20/10 bills. Current Exchange rate. ATMs available in town.
  • Fuel Surcharge; NO fuel surcharge in place at this time but may be implemented to account for any wide fluctuations.

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$200 per person
  • Massage US$30/ hour, Satellite Wi-Fi  US$30/ pax for trip,
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, soft drinks US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Nitrox; US$15/ diving day or US$5/ fill.

Equipment rental

Diving Gear; Full Set USD50/ diving day (except Large tank) or if individual items then following rates apply per diving day*

  • BCD US$12
  • Regulator US$12
  • Dive Computer US$12
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Fins, Mask US$5
  • Large Tank US$12
  • Torch* US$12/ night dive.

Diving Gear Items priced per diving day* and is subject to availability.  Note; Torch rental* priced is per night dive.