Scuba diving in Langkawi is an activity everybody can do and enjoy – experienced or amateur alike. With minimum equipment and preparation requirements, snorkelling especially can be enjoyed as a family since all you need are fins and a mask to get a glimpse of the amazing undersea world. While it is possible to snorkel and scuba dive around the main island of Pulau Langkawi, these activities are best done at the reefs around the Pulau Payar Marine Park, 19 nautical miles off Langkawi Island.
A fantastic place some consider on par with Tioman and Redang’s offerings, the simplicity of the setup and arrangement for snorkelling and diving activities here make it incredibly popular for amateur and advanced enthusiasts. To ensure a fun-filled and safe experience in Langkawi, we highly recommend investing in travel insurance prior to your arrival. Aside from finding one that suits your budget, make sure it offers medical assistance and worldwide coverage on scuba diving.
- Grand Island Tour
- Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching Tour
- Sunset Cocktail Cruise
- Half-Day Island Hopping
- Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching
- Private Cable Car & Oriental Village Visit
- Private Half-Day Island Hopping Experience
- Helicopter Experience Over Dayang Bunting Lake
- Scenic Cruise with Lunch
- Half-Day Langkawi Island Tour
Scuba Diving in Pulau Payar
Scuba diving is frequently offered during tours to Pulau Payar. Once you book a trip to the island, the operators will approach you on the ferry to see if you’re interested in scuba diving. The dive masters provide a one-on-one guide for those who decide to take up on the offer, so that those who have never dived before can do so.
The deeper waters where the operators bring you hold a richer variety of large fish. Guided by experienced divers, you’ll see schools of barracudas, cod and snappers, which are absent from the shallow waters of the beach in Pulau Payar. After an hour or two in the deep water, the divers will head back to Pulau Payar for some fun and relaxation. Pulau Payar scuba diving tours are about two hours long, with dives being conducted at 15 sites in the area of the four islands.
Alternatively, the Pulau Payar Marine Park Excursion offers travellers an all-inclusive guided tour of Pulau Payar Marine Park, where you can enjoy hours of snorkelling and scuba diving (at additional charges), spot colourful fish and corals from an underwater observatory deck, and enjoy an extensive lunch buffet spread on a covered floating platform.
Other Scuba Diving Sites in Langkawi
The most popular dive sites include the Coral Garden, Sunken Boat Point, Grouper Farm, Sponge Reef, Lembu Rocks, Shark Point and House Reef, where you can see schools of large fish and exciting marine life, including manta rays, seahorses, sweetlips, angelfishes and snappers.
Pulau Kaca is a popular alternative to Pulau Payar, housing a wreck diving site named Kaca Sunken Wrecks. Here, you can find several sunken fishing boats that are home to a variety of soft and hard corals, as well as marine life such as clownfish, black tip sharks, barracuda and scorpion fish. Due to the high density of plankton in Pulau Kaca, water visibility is between 5 and 20 metres, depending on the season.
The Best Time for Scuba Diving in Langkawi
While Pulau Payar scuba diving is available all year round, Langkawi experiences heavy rainfall due to monsoon winds in the months of September and October. While showers are sometimes accompanied by violent thunderstorms, the weather in Langkawi is mostly good, even at this time. Therefore, the sea surrounding Langkawi is relatively calm compared to destinations on the east coast.
The best time to enjoy this popular Langkawi activity is during the dry season, which takes place from November until April. The weather is sunny, with little rain and good water visibility, and temperatures ranging between 25°C and 32°C. You can still enjoy a day of scuba diving in Langkawi during the mid-season (April until August), when rainfall is light and waters are relatively clear.