Trip Report – Day 7 – Layang Layang Dive Trip Finale`

Trip Report – Day 7 – Layang Layang Wrasse Bay, The Valley

This was to be our last day diving Layang Layang and if we were to meet with hammerheads this was it! Out of bed at 5.15, ready for a 5.45 departure on our dive boat. We were told the night before that we’d get the jump on the other divers and if there were some hammerheads in the area, hopefully they wouldn’t be scared away.

We headed for the dive site and unfortunately so did 4 other boats plus a group of divers from the live-aboard that had been floating around since we had been there.

One of the highlights above the water here was the sunrise as we entered the water. A mixture of red and oranges burnt up the cloud to welcome a new day, it was an omen for few of our group them commenting with such a beautiful sunrise we were bound to see hammerheads!

That didn’t quite ring true as the group came away once again left wanting. No sightings of a hammerhead shark a real disappointment for us (well secretly not me) 🙂 as this was our last dive. Such a sweet, short trip due to the plane leaving without us the previous Sunday.

Next stop after Layang Layang was Kuala Lumpur, fortunately we were having a 6 night holiday on Redang Island so we could continue our diving there.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing around the pool as divers always have to wait 24 hours before flying due to decompression safety. It was kind of a forced relaxation and with such a beautiful day it wasn’t one bit taxing, especially with a spectacular Layang Layang sunset!

Reg Lipson

Reg Lipson

That done we joined the group for our last dinner together until we meet up with them on our next dive trip. Our dive trips are normally organized by a Professor of Marine Biology, Reg Lipson, famous worldwide for his contributions to research and knowledge of marine life.

Unfortunately Reg had taken ill a few months earlier and his Dr wouldn’t allow him to fly due to a heart condition. There in spirit, and certainly in touch with some of the group via email, he was sorely missed and especially for his interesting talks at the end of the day.

After 2-3 dives per day our afternoons were spent with Reg, all crammed in to his room, waiting to be educated like school children. He’d produce a slide show and then explain all there is to know about whatever creature or piece of coral that took pride of place on the screen.

Due to Reg’s illness there was a considerable amount of chat around the dinner table about where to next. Most of the group are now in their mid 50’s, 60’s and even a couple in their 70’s. They have done 1000’s of dive with Reg himself accomplishing over 10000!

It was agreed that some of the best, if not THE best dive sites are in Papua New Guinea due to the pristine waters. A a live-aboard vessel that takes just 12 people, perfect size for our group!

Kev’s first dive took place in Walindi in Papua New Guinea and he has found no other dive site quite lives up to the pristine condition and size of the coral, the prolific marine life found there.

Dinner and goodbye’s completed it was time to finish our packing for Redang Island, ready for an early start.

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