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Sabah : : Swallow Island
 
   Situated just over 300 km northwest of Sabah's capital Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea, Layang Layang, known as Swallows Reef is an isolated atoll-like ring of 13 linked coral reefs. The whole island is only 7.5 km long and 2 km wide.
   Due to its remoteness, the Layang-layang reefs are pristine with superb visibility. Steep walls down to 2000m provide spectacular diving down to a great depth, and attract pelagic species such as barracuda and big-eye trevally. The corals are plentiful and healthy with sea fans more than three meters across that filter plankton from the passing currents. The island is best visited during April and June when shoals of scalloped hammerhead sharks, grey reef sharks, leopard sharks and the occasional threshers and silvertip sharks can be seen patrolling the reefs. Stingrays are also regular visitors including manta rays, pygma devil rays, marbled rays and eagle rays.
   Many species of migratory birds nest here, including Brown Boobies, sometimes known as Asian Albatross, and Great Crested Terns, which are also known as sea swallows, hence the island's name ('Swallow Island').
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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