Langkawi, the Dotan archipelago of 99 islands on the northwest coast of the Malaysian mainland, has stellar snorkeling opportunities for water lovers. You can enjoy these places by booking a flight of Allegiant Airlines Reservations. (Snorkeling in Malaysia)
October to May is the perfect time for snorkeling in Langkawi; Due to the beautiful weather, an abundance of marine life, and clear visibility underwater. There are monsoon months from June to September, which makes the sky cloudy. Also, August and September are the times of better winds, which make the water bumpy. The temperature varies between 25 ° C to 30 ° C throughout the year, and falls a few degrees in December and January, but not so much that one cannot get into the water.
Casserole Bamban Basar and Casserole Bombone Kecil
These two twin islands are perfect for quiet, serene snorkeling in Langkawi. The C-shaped Pulau Bamban Besar faces southeast Langkawi, which is why most operators start their trips here. Along with the great experiences of snorkeling, the island also has clean sunny beaches for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. On the other hand, the Pulau Ambon Kecil is M-shaped and has two pairs on offer for more solitary-minded visitors. (Snorkeling in Malaysia)
Pulau Payar Marine Park
Malaysia’s oldest water sanctuary, the Pulau Payar Marine Park, consists of four uninhabited islands such as Payar, Limbu, Kaka, and Setting. There are also artificial reefs, built from building materials and old, wrecked boats, which are now fully developed coral ecosystems such as corpse corals, boulder corals, stony corals, and knob corals.
Black-tipped baby sharks swimming alongside divers are the main attraction here, and so are other pink-colored anemones, Moorish figurines, damp fish, barracuda, snapper, clownfish, butterflyfish, and rare rabbits. Before closing, the Marine Park Center operated by the Fisheries Department on Peer Island has to be found to pay for charges and obtain permission. (Snorkeling in Malaysia)
T-shaped island floating on the Andaman Sea not only has excellent opportunities for snorkeling in Langkawi but also has a spectacular view for a short picnic in the forest trails and secluded corners with waves.
However, one does not need to carry their own food, water, and snorkeling gear when going with the operator, as there are no facilities or centers here. There is also a population of wild boars and bats here. Renting a boat from Kuah Jetty in Langkawi would be a 15-minute ride to reach Pulau Timun.
Pulau Dangle Beach
Located 2 miles from the northern edge of Langkawi, Pulau Dangle is another crowd pleaser with vibrant aquatic life and coral reefs on offer. One can expect great views of big groupers and if lucky a few rare ones. Snorkeling in Langkawi can be made separately by renting to several operating companies, with prices per boat of 8 pax capacity between RM400 – RM450.
Operators can be hired for the provision of Pulau Dangle and snorkeling gear for a short boat ride from Tanjung Rhu Beach Ghat.
Pulau Beras Basah
Pulau Beras Basah is a very popular place for snorkeling in Langkawi, located near Langkawi. Located in the south of Langkawi, this small untouched island provides crystal clear water. Snorkelers can cover the island as part of the island-hopping boat tour offered by most operators in Langkawi or view it separately for a longer, all-day experience.
In the latter case, visitors are suggested to carry their own snorkeling gear and food items. But beware of monkeys here, who often mispronounce any food, clothing, or gear when they are around. Take a water taxi or speedboat from the Awana Porto Malai Terminal Dock on Pantai Tengah beach in Langkawi. It only takes 15-20 minutes to reach the water.
Tips while snorkeling in Langkawi
- Check the weather forecast beforehand to ensure that you visit the islands in a day and are skyrocketing for good underwater visibility.
- When traveling individually to isolated islands without the guidance of any tour operator, be sure to carry your own gear, food, drink, and other essential items.
- Confirm with the tour operator what is included in the package they are offering. In most cases, coverage of a meal, snorkeling gear, hotel transfer, boat ride, and any additional fees are covered by the agency.
Snorkeling can be one of the most fulfilling activities during your arrival in Malaysia and one of the right places for this is Langkawi. Despite all the fear and prohibition, one might have about being underwater and being close to creatures, snorkeling in Langkawi is undoubtedly an extraordinary experience to experience!