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Scuba Diving in Pulau Payar, Langkawi

Water temperature:

26°C (79°F) to 29°C (84°F)


3mm or 5mm shortie


5 to 15 metres (15 - 45 feet)

Type of diving:

Coral gardens in flat terrain to the east of the islands and sloping walls to the west around Pulau Segantang

Marine life:

Black-tip reef sharks, groupers, barracuda, parrotfish, pufferfish, angelfish, bannerfish

When to go:

Langkawi is a year round destination, but the rainy season from June to September can cause rougher seas and lower visibility, July and August are the worst months for rainfall

How to get there:

From the UK - Fly via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines from Heathrow or Manchester then change to a flight into Langkawi. Day trips are available from here to Pulau Payar

Pulau Langkawi is a very popular tourist destination located in the Straits of Malacca off of the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia, near the coast of southern Thailand. It is an island covered in tropical forest with mangroves and sandy beaches around the coast. Also in the Straits of Malacca, 35 kilometres to the south lies a group of four tiny islands: Pulau Payar, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang, Pulau Payar being the largest. There are frequent day trips running from Langkawi to these islands leaving from Kuah or Cenang Beach. If you are not staying on Langkawi you can also reach the islands from Kuala Kedah on the mainland, which takes about 45 minutes by boat, and from Penang Island which takes just over an hour.

There is a marine park around the islands that covers two nautical miles. Fishing anywhere in this area is prohibited. None of the islands are inhabited, but camping is allowed with permission from Fisheries Department at Alor Setar, the capital of the state of Kedah. Pulau Payar is home to Coral Langkawi, a large floating platform that is used for the day boats to moor up at, and as a base for divers. The platform has an underwater observation point for non-divers and snorkelling equipment is provided for all to use as they please. It is possible to sunbathe on the deck and there are glass bottomed boats that explore the nearby reefs. On the island itself there are four small sandy beaches complete with picnic benches and hiking trails so that visitors can explore the island's tropical forests.

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