Payar Island Marine Park

Dive Map Payar Island Marine Park Langkawi Malaysia

Description :
The Payar Marine Park features a cluster of 5 islands off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Divers flock here during the East Coast Monsoon, making Payar one of Peninsular Malaysia’s year-round diving destination. Day trips are the only way of discovering Payar, however nearby Langkawi Island makes it an ideal launch pad. With Langkawi’s duty-free status and a multitude of activities, there will be plenty of see and do to spice up your vacation.
Where is it :
Peninsular Malaysia West Coast
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – boat, wreck, deep 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 (lionfish, jacks, parrotfish, titan triggerfish, barracudas, angelfish)
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 :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
None on the island (located on mainland)
Availability of Medical Facility :
None on the island (located on mainland)
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Coral Garden :
• Maximum depth: 18m
• Currents: Mild
Dive into a mesmerizing garden that looks like a vast valley of orchids, but instead covered with beautiful white, blue and purple soft corals. The marine life here is equally amazing where you are likely to encounter giant groupers, snappers, bannerfish, moon wrasse and alot more! If you’re lucky, you may even stumble upon a giant cod or boxfish.
Sunken Boats :
• Maximum depth: 15m
• Currents: Mild
Yes, you read it right – boats. This site has several fishing boats that were originally confiscated by the authorities and sunk, which is now covered with hard corals. And is now home to black tip sharks, barracudas, and snappers. Be mindful of your buoyancy as the sandy bottom is full of sea urchins.
Tyre Reef :
• Maximum depth: 26m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
Dive down a rocky slope covered with hard corals, and you will find schools of jacks, groupers, barracudas, eels, and loads of sea anemones. This site is suitable for the more experienced diver looking for larger fishes in deeper waters. Keep an eye out for the occasional reef and leopard sharks.

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

Nearest Jetty :
Kuah Jetty Terminal, Langkawi
* Approximately 1hr boat ride to Payar Island Marine Park
Address :
Kuah, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Nearest Airport :
Langkawi International Airport (IATA: LGK)
Estimated Travel Time from Langkawi Airport :
35mins (by car)
Getting to Langkawi Island :
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, travelers 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.
Traveling by land from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah will take 7hrs by car, or to Alor Setar station via overnight train (one-way fare ~RM100); or
Travelling by land from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis will take 8hrs by car, or to Arau station via overnight train (one-way fare ~RM80)
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Oops…  there are no dive centers here. We will update this listing soon.

Feel free to contact us with any queries 🙂

If you are looking to travel to Kedah (Payar Island Marine Park) you are inevitably looking for a weather forecast. So here’s a forecast for the next 7 days. Although weather forecasts are not always accurate with ever-changing weather patterns, it does provide a good guess on what’s to come. Every little bit helps! 😀



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