Saturday, 22 October 2011

Langkawi Island, Malaysia




Langkawi Island, Malaysia
Langkawi – an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast – is the country’s best-known holiday destination. Surrounded by stunning turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If you’re intent on carting off duty-free booze, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, Nature-lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The island is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. The gastronomic options are vast and the sightseeing attractions certainly do not disappoint. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.


 In  Langkawi, snorkelling and diving can be done in the Pulau Payar Marine Park, which is 19 nautical miles off Langkawi Island. Langkawi does not have any proper dive or snorkelling spots, but Pulau Payar is a fantastic place for such activities that some consider even on par with Tioman and Redang. The simplicity of the setup and arrangement for these activities also make it very accessible for amateur divers.


Diving in Langkawi


For such a small area, there are a number of incredible dive sites here. Some artificial reefs were also sunk around the island, making it ideal for more marine creatures to build their nests.  Basically, most of the diving is done on the part of the island which faces north. This is adjacent to the leeward side of the island, where there is a narrow strip of the beach visible.
A number of dive operators operate from Langkawi. Divers and snorkelers are picked up from their hotels to the the jetty, either at the main Kuah jetty or the Royal Yacht Club. Pick up time varies between 8 am to 9 am. Usually, your trip will also include a packed lunch.


Normally, two dives would be scheduled, with a surface interval planned during your lunch break.  It is not possible to do more than two dives a day due to logistics problem.  By 3.30p.m. both dives would be completed and divers go back to their hotels with the dive boat.


There several dive operator in langkawi such as langkawi coral and eastmarine dive centre. I had dive with langkawi coral dive centre.They offered 2 fun dive at Pulau Payar.


There are 15 different dive sites at Pulau Payar Marine Park for the certified divers to enjoy. Divers are ferried to these dive sites by our specially designed dive boats.
The most popular dive sites being Coral Garden, Sunken Boat Point, Grouper Farm, Sponge Reef, Lembu Rocks, Shark Point, House Reef – where there is a good presentation of marine fauna and marine species of barracudas, groupers, snappers, lion fishes, stone fishes, seahorses, sweetlips, angelfishes, butterfly fishes, parrot fishes, wrasses, etc.



Payar Island.Marine Park



Dive spot at Pulau Payar


Payar Island
Shark Feeding at Payar Island

East Marine Rate

CERTIFIED DIVERS


 RM 350 per Person
Roundtrip hotel transfers
Roundtrip boat transfers Langkawi / Pulau Payar  / Langkawi
Marine Park fees
Government Levy
Pack lunch, drinks and fruits
Insurance
2 tank dives
Complimentary use of full scuba gear (including wetsuit)
Dive Master services


EXPERIENCE SCUBA OR DISCOVER SCUBA DIVEINTRODUCTORY DIVER
 RM 350 per Person
Roundtrip hotel transfers
Roundtrip boat transfers Langkawi / Pulau Payar / Langkawi
Marine Park fees
Government Levy
Pack lunch, drinks and fruits
1 dive + lesson + Scuba Equipment + Dive-Master services
Insurance
Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment (mask,snorkel tube and life-jacket )

Langkawi Coral Dive Centre



Snorkeling and fun dive rate
From Penang
From langkawi
Coral Island Langkawi dive centre

Snorkeling
- Return Transfer from selected Hotel
- Packed Lunch
- Drinks & freshly cut fruits
- All snorkeling equipment
- Snorkeling Guide
- Passenger liability insurance of RM 20,000 per person.

Diving Package

Price per person RM 300.00 ( 2x fun dive)

Package Include : Return Transfer from selected Hotel
 Packed lunch
 Drinks & freshly cut fruits
 All snorkeling/diving equipment
 Snorkeling Guide Passenger liability insurance of RM 20,000 per person.




CORAL ISLAND PADI OPEN WATER COURSE 

RM 1,500.00 per person which includes: 

Tuition Fees for;
5 Knowledge Development Sessions
5 Pool Training Dives
 4 Open Water Training Dives
PADI Gold Positive Identification Card
Student Log Book
Manual & Video for use during course
Rental of Equipment
Pool Fees 
Open Water Certification Trip to Payar Island
2 Dives per day for 2 Days with lunch
Transfers from selected hotels during course included.

Day 1 - Knowledge Development & Independent study
Day 3 & 4 - 2 certification divers per day at Pulau 
Payar
Day 2 - Confined Water Training in pool or open Water site

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