Payar Island Marine Park

Payar Island Marine Park

Where is it: Peninsular Malaysia’s West Coast

Number of Dive Sites: 11

Type of Diving: Guided – boat, deep, wreck diving

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Main Diving Attraction: Juvenile black tip sharks, beautiful coral gardens (mixture of hard and soft corals) and tropical fishes (lion fish, jacks, parrot fish, titan trigger fish, barracudas, angle fish)

Average Water Temperature: 28°C (84.2°F) to 30°C (86°F)

Seasonality: All year round

* Ideal months to go between March and November

Typical Visibility: 5m (16ft) to 15m (49ft)

General Current Conditions: Mild to moderate

Family / Non-Diver Friendly: Yes

Availability of Other Leisure Activities: Snorkelling

Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau: No (located on mainland)

Availability of Medical Facility: No (located on mainland)

Availability of Other Facilities: No (located on mainland)

* Note: Dive trips to Payar Island Marine Park are generally organised by dive centres operating out of Langkawi Island.


Nearest Jetty: Kuah Jetty Terminal, Langkawi

Address: Kuah, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

* Approximately 1hr boat ride to Payar Island

Nearest Airport: Langkawi International Airport (IATA: LGK)

Estimated Travel Time to Jetty:

From Langkawi Intl’ Airport (by car): 35mins

Getting to Langkawi:

* There is no direct road or rail connection to Langkawi. The most convenient mode of transportation would be by air (~55mins from Kuala Lumpur). Alternatively, travellers are able to board a ferry from Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis directly to Kuah Jetty, Langkawi, which is an approximate 1.5hr ferry ride to Langkawi with an average fare of RM20 one way per adult. 

From Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah Jetty (by road): ~7 hrs

From Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis Jetty (by road): ~8 hrs

From Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar, Kedah (by rail): Overnight train (Average fare RM100 one way)

From Kuala Lumpur to Arau, Perlis (by rail): Overnight train (Average fare RM80 one way)

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