Snorkeling around LangkawiDiving & Snorkeling around Langkawi

While Langkawi cannot compete with the Maldives and other world-class diving locations as the natural sediments usually limit the underwater visibility to 2-5 meters, there is a number of sites that offer an interesting diving experience.

Organized tours will take you to Pulau Payar
(See: Diving and Snorkeling at Pulau Payar).

But there are also some excellent spots only 10-20 min boat ride away from Pantai Cenang.

'Razor Reef' and 'Tanjung Intan' lure with beautiful colorful soft-corals, anemones with clownfish, lionfish, snappers, fusiliers and razor fish. A school of barracudas usually hangs out at the 'Trevally Alle', and when diving at the 'Whitecoral Corner', you get to see colorful nudibranches, whipcoralshrimps and even seahorses. Should you choose to take a 40 minutes boat ride to Anak Datai and Tanjung Cincin in the north of Langkawi, with some luck, you may even spot turtles!

Snorkelling at Pulau Beras Basah

Source: Palow, 28 Feb. 2010 / Out of Trip Advisor: here

"I finally went to Pulau Beras Basah (island of wet rice. red. ) last week. It is one of the islands in the southern part of Langkawi. I've heard from friends that the waters here are clear enough for snorkeling but I've also heard about a garbage problem and that the waters are not that clear."

Chart Langkawi Islands South-East - Langkawi Gazette 

To see the full chart and a picture of this exact spot, go to our  Anchorage Chart 
and click on No 7 .

"All I can say to the conflicting information is that when I went there last week on Tues, the water was very clear. I didn't have a snorkel but with regular swimming goggles, I saw a lot of fish right there at the edge of the shore. Some people were snorkeling further out.

I didn't stay long in the water because the sun was like a laser beam that day and I felt myself being char-broiled. The main tourist areas were clean but there were some plastic bags and cans in the water- nothing major. Most of it was quite clean. The only garbage I saw was at the grass line by the black rocks.

The water is not as clear as coral islands like Maldives, okay? It's good by Langkawi standards but it is FAR from a world-class diving area.

The island also has water sports, toilets and a place selling drinks. There is no food available. There are lots of monkeys around so I won't eat any food there if I were you.

Hope this helps those looking for a place to snorkel. It only takes about 15-20 mins by boat to get to PBB. Compare that to the time it takes to get to Pulau Payar."

Patrick

Patrick (Palow) is the Editor and co-owner of the printed News Magazine 'Langkawi Link' and has his own website about Langkawi, the Langkawi e-Magazine


Snorkelling at Pulau Timun

To see the location on the full chart and a picture of this exact spot, go to our  Anchorage Chart  and click on No 13 .


 

Snorkelling at Pulau Bumbon

To see the location on the full chart and a picture of this exact spot, go to our  Anchorage Chart  and click on No 14 .

 

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