Pulau Payar Marine Park Overview

Pulau Payar Marine Park is a collection of smaller islands famously known for adventurous water activities. The real essence of this island lies in the depths of the waters, explored by international tourists coming from far and wide. From beginner to the pro levels, you can try all sorts of water activities allowing you to witness the underwater beauty of stunning corals and old rock formations. Lionfish, baby sharks, lobsters and other fantastic aquatic creatures are found in the waters beneath the exotic island of Pulau Payar Marine Park.

On the list of places to visit in Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park makes its name well deservingly. The marine park has and continues to attract snorkeling and diving enthusiasts from all over the world who are keen on discovering Langkawi’s underwater life. The park comprises of four islands - Pulau Payar, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu, and Pulau Senangtang; Pulau Payar being the largest one.

The best part is that none of these islands remains inhabited and is preserved by the fisheries department of Kedah, who make sure the pristine condition of these islands are maintained. Tourists here can avail a variety of facilities like barbeque pits, gazebos, picnic tables and lots more. No doubt this is one of the best Langkawi places to visit.

Location:30 Kilometers south of Langkawi.

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• Enjoy scuba diving at the Pulau Payar Marine Park Island under the guidance of diving experts.
• Choose from a variety of levels in scuba diving such as beginners, intermediate or Pro depending on your capabilities.
• The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PAD) is the largest association that provides scuba diving lessons and certifications with utmost safety and precautions.
• Try scuba diving as a complete beginner as it is curated for the light-hearted. Daredevil divers can experience the thrills of professional scuba diving at the deepest points.
• Dive into Coral Park to be mesmerised by the underwater beauties.
• Snorkel and swim in the crystal clear mint waters as a part of the Pulau Payar Marine Park tour.
• Enjoy offshore snorkelling as a beginner to explore the waters of Langkawi.
• Have fun at the banana boat rides to fill your heart with happiness.
• Catch the wonderful sight of beautiful sea corals beneath the depths of the waters.
• Watch amazing sea creatures including sharks, lions fishes, lobsters and many more.

How To Reach

- You can reach Pulau Payar Marine Park in an hour by taking a speed boats or Catamarans from Kuah Jetty.

- You can take regular ferries from Penang reaching in 30 minutes.

- You can hop on through the Langkawi Island tour by a speedboat.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Pulau Payar Marine Park is April to June to avoid witnessing crowds. Moreover, it is advised to visit during the weekdays as this place is overcrowded during the weekends hindering fun and exploration.

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Places to Stay near Pulau Payar Marine Park

1. Saint Regis: The famous luxurious chain of St. Regis hotels is in the Langkawi Islands offering world elite facilities. With a private beach and infinity pool overlooking the Andaman sea ,Saint Regis allows you to indulge in a spa, gyms, free WiFi, great-looking dining space and free car parking. The rooms of the hotel are spacious and suites with private balconies are offered as well to experience Langkawi at its best.

2. Veranda Nautica: Located in the stunning location of Kuah, the marine park is all about health and hygiene. Offering a lot of free services at affordable rates, this hotel offers free WiFi, free cosmetics available in the washrooms, free use of toasters, complimentary drinks and a buffet breakfast. The rooms of this hotel are spacious with seating areas along with flat-screen televisions and clean washrooms.

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3. Village 218: Located in the Kuah, this guest house offers private parking, beautiful spacious rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. Every room of this guest house offers garden views through large windows or balconies along with a safety deposit box included within each room.

4. The Temak Villa: Located in the Pantai Cenang, a kilometre away from the Cenang beach, Temak Villa is a hotel. This hotel is another popular one in the region. This hotel provides free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens and terrace views. 

5. Vintage Villa Langkawi: A family hotel located a kilometre away from Sungai Kilim Nature’s park property, this hotel is another popular hotel near the Pulau Payar marine park. This hotel is famous for providing family rooms and barbecues. Other services provided are shared lounges, a beautiful swimming pool, free WiFi and garden views.

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Tips to Visit Pulau Payar Marine Park

- Carry your swimwear, towels, extra clothes, and required lotions or sunscreen for proper care. 

- Make sure diving equipment like wetsuits, gloves and other necessary items are with you.

- Don’t throw waste on the island as there are strict rules regarding the same. 

- Fishing is strictly prohibited in this place.

- Please do note that this location is not wheelchair accessible.

- Avoid making physical contact with corals by wearing proper footwear rather than slippers.

- Feeding baby sharks from a jetty can be dangerous as once served, they keep coming back for more.

- Follow the safety instructions properly and stick to the techniques while enjoying water activities to avoid causing comparable loss.  

- Enjoy at the Visitor’s Center if you are a newbie.

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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

To dive into the magical realm of the aqua world, scuba diving is the best option to make you witness the depths of the Malaysian wonder. Going beneath the sea, you are greeted by the colourful corals and amazing fishes. The experts from the diving association hold your hand and guide you towards the old-age rock formations through the stunning sea creatures and vibrant corals with utmost safety. Aquatic animals such as sharks, lion fishes, manta rays, and lobsters are common to be seen in the diving experience of Langkawi. Popular scuba diving sites are Coral Garden, Grouper Farm, Reef beach and many more.

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Whether young or old, everyone enjoys snorkelling with friends and family. With just a pair of fins and a mask, even entry-level swimmers or beginners can catch glimpses of underwater beauties. Just by knowing how to try snorkelling with minimal guidance, you will be able to snorkel through the stunning waters. As this park is a hub to the amazing aquatic life, it has excellent reefs that reflect vibrant colours with the falling sun rays making the experience once in a lifetime. 

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