Pulau Payar is a popular island for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts keen on exploring Langkawi’s undersea action. Just 30km south of the main island, it is about 45 minutes away from the Kuah jetty point and you can take either a catamaran or a speedboat to get here.
Comprising four islands, the largest of which is Pulau Payar, and three smaller isles (Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang) this marine park is spread over two nautical miles. None of these islands are inhabited and are strictly regulated by the Fisheries Department of Kedah to maintain their pristine condition.
Basic information Pulau Payar:
Pulau Payar is reopen back on June 2023 but only limited to 100 spots weekly.
Schedule: Thursday to Monday (Closed on every Tuesday and Wednesday).
Duration: 6 Hours (9:00am – 3:00pm) Timing subject to change according to the weather conditions.
Entry Fee: There’s no fixed rate as such. You will have to pre-book the marine park tour and your ticket price depends on the tour package you’re opting for.
How to reach there?
As it’s located in between Penang and Langkawi, Pulau Payar is accessible from both these places.
- You can take the regular ferries from Penang, which takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to reach.
- From Langkawi, you can take a speedboat or catamaran, which takes about an hour to reach.
When to visit the park?
If you’re someone who doesn’t like crowded places, then you shouldn’t visit the park during Langkawi’s peak season (November through March), especially during the weekends as it gets very crowded. An ideal time to visit the Pulau Payar Marine Park would be from April to June.
Activities to do at Pulau Payar Marine Park:
Snorkelling at the Pulau Payar Marine Park is an amazing experience where you can explore and admire the stunning marine life. There are several sites offshore for you to snorkel. One such perfect offshore site is the House Reef, located near the eastern coastline of the Pulau Payar. You’ll be awestruck by the marine life present here. You’ll find a variety of beautiful and colourful corals such as the brain corals, knob and stony corals, and boulder corals. Snorkelling here would definitely be a memory of a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a much more thrilling experience, then you should go for scuba diving at the Pulau Payar Marine Park. The best part about this place is that it offers dive sites for everyone, be it professional or first-timers. You’re surely in for a great experience when it comes to scuba diving.
The Pulau Payar Marine Park is just one of the undiscovered gems in Malaysia.
Please visit pulaupayar.com official website for the snorkeling and diving packages.