Layang-layang is a tiny island 1h flight north of Borneo. It's man-made and part of the Malaysian territory, only because Malaysia was the quickest country to build an army/navy base on it. Otherwise, Taiwan, the phillipines, and plenty of other countries want to own it, not because of its beautiful corals, fish specimen or sunshine but because of the oil (obviously...). Anyway it is for the former reasons that we are going! After a brief stop in Kota Kinabalu (KK for the locals), we are on our way to LL in a not so tiny plane (we were expecting old Russian army plane as mentioned in the lonely planet so we were positively surprised).
It's really funny, some people are sun bathing on the side of the airstrip, others are ready to jump back on the plane to go back to KK and a tractor collects our luggage when we go for the briefing. The next 3 days are going to be very simple: get up early, eat small breakfast, dive n1, eat big breakfast, sleep, dive n2, eat lunch, sleep, dive n3, eat tea, sleep, potentially dive n4, eat dinner and sleep. I hope you have well counted the 5 meals a day and the zillion of naps! I'm still not sure what exactly makes you that hungry and that sleepy but I have guessed it has something to do with staying for 1h at 40m depth chasing sharks...
Because the full point of this trip is to see hammerhead sharks and manta rays and the sharks are very very deep; so every morning, we go for long swim at 40m depth in the blue hoping to bump into hammerhead sharks and we got lucky twice! First time was a lonely shark, second time was a school of probably 40 sharks, absolutely amazing! ( I leave it to you to identify the real one from the imitations...)
All credit for under water photos and films goes to K and M who were traveling with us and had a caisson for their camera. We also managed to see a few manta rays, luckily they don't live at 40m depth so we got a bit more time to observe them but we got so absorbed swimming with them that we ended up with 11 minutes decompression at 5m... But look at the photos, totally worth it !!!!
By the way, hammerhead sharks and manta rays are not the only thing to see in LL, we dived on incredible walls, saw tones of white tip, black tip and grey reef sharks, turtles, some other enormous or colorful fish and lots of lobsters! (which I couldn't stop dreaming of eating...)