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Spratly Islands Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 18 photos

Spratly Islands another Blue speck on your VT map
Resort Swallow's Reef -- Layang Layang Resort

The Spratly Islands are another of those wonderful remote places that get listed as a ?country? on VT. The Spratly Islands are made up of about 250 small islands, reefs hunks of rocks, and reefs that connect the Pacific and Indian oceans in the South China Sea. What is really import in this real estate is that the nations in the area are all squabbling about who is the owner of these small hunks of land. Even though the Islands are spread over about 150,000 SQ/k of the south China sea all together the land above sealevel is only a few Sq/K of land.

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But that being said because there is such a fuss over ownership there are VT travel opportunities. The Spratly Island by the name of Swallow's Reef has become a major Dive destination as a way of the Government of Malaysia to hold on to its claim to the sea around it. Swallow's Reef is very small about a 0.2 square/k speck but Malaysia has filled in the sea between two of the reefs with sand and rock built a runway.

The Resort is on the Swallow's Reef of the Spratly Islands is called Layang Layang and has wonderful diving and give you the VT country collector a new blue speck ( all be it a very small one on your map.

I first learned of the reef when watching Jacque Cousteau and his description of the 2,000 meter wall well I had to go. They have seen and recorded over 3,300 species of marine life in the area and with an average visibility of 50m you can see a lot of them. The reefs and the walls have just spectacular corals some of the most imprssive I have seen anywhere in the world.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:So tiny but so beautiful diving
  • Cons:Very small Island fever
  • In a nutshell:beautiful diving
  • Last visit to Spratly Islands: Feb 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • easyplex's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    So how do you get to the island? Scheduled flight? Boat?

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 7:37 AM

    I suppose you keep some of your shells here. Lovely page. Fascinating as I suppose I will never get here. I seem to remember reading about it in a Paul Theroux book.

  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Beautiful pictures and great tips.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Never heard of these islands before you mentioned them. Wow, exciting diving there, and your underwater photos are marvellous !!

  • moonlighting's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    very inspiring page... i'll read first and come back later to rate. Isn't it too expensive to dive Spratlys?

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Nice pictures of this bunch South China Sea Islands claimed by many countries... Another less travelled destination. Nice page.


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