Contrary to expectations and despite its name, this is not a wreck dive, but is instead a very pleasant coral garden and wall dive. There used to be an old freighter wreck here, but all that remains of it today is a few pieces of scrap iron on the seabed. The site lies to the south west of Dog Tooth Lair.
What makes this Layang Layang diving site unique is the entry point. You'll descend on to a 7 metre deep sandy shelf with some small and rather picturesque coves and inlets, appealing to explore. These rock formations are covered in soft brown corals and table corals. Take your time over the sandy patches as, with a bit of patience, you can spot razor fish (sand divers) hovering above the sand.
Follow the lip of the shelf out and down onto the main wall, a steep slope running down into the Layang-Layang abyss. If conditions allow, turn left and swim with the wall on your left side. Clouds of indigo anthias hover over the barrel sponges and small violet sea fans that adorn the slope. In the crags you'll find lots of soldierfish and squirrelfish, such as the sabre squirrelfish - a species identifiable by its yellowish fins, large size and prominent cheek spine.
Open water fish that you might find here include rainbow runners, bigeye trevallies, barracudas and white tip reef sharks.
As you make your way slowly shallower, the wall ends abruptly at about 8 metres deep with a colourful hard coral garden. Light flickers through the water, brightening up this sparkling scene. Bronze big eye bream and double bar goatfish form small schools. Bird wrasse move amongst the scleratinia, and the beautiful lyretail hogfish (tangerine head, and white rear with a few small dark speckles) hide out in the shallows. This is the spot where you'll make your safety spot before surfacing right next to the Layang Layang landing strip.
Wreck Point Reef Basics: Coral garden
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 20 - 40m
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 25 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: February to October
Distance: 1 km (5 mins) south east from Layang Layang Resort pier
Access: Layang-Layang dive resort
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