Incorporating the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia… and more

Southeast Asia Pilot by Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden

Malaysia West Malaysia, West Coast Pulau Payar & Pulau Segantang

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Islands South of Langkawi

The most notable islands South of Langkawi are Pulau Payar and Pulau Segantang. Reputed to be the best diving and snorkelling sites in the area, they are located 18 miles south of the Langkawi group.

Pulau Payar has three islands and 13 dive sites, which are frequented by day boats from Langkawi, Alor Star and Penang. The area is a marine national park and anchorage is prohibited within 2 miles of the islands but there are plenty of moorings laid at the best spots.

A PULAU PAYAR 440 miles from Singapore

PULAU PAYAR. 6°03.765N, 100°02.513E

The moorings on the east coast of Pulau Payar are for the dive and tour boats, but if unattended are good for a lunchtime stop in calm weather. There are plenty of beaches ashore and an underwater observatory for those who don't want to get wet.

North of the anchorage are huge floating barges complete with waterslides and recreation facilities for the hoards of fast ferries coming daily from the mainland and Langkawi. Plenty of activities and dive trips can be booked ashore near the small floating pontoon.

B PULAU SEGANTANG 440 miles from Singapore

PULAU SEGANTANG. 6°02.704N, 99°55.655E

This is a marine reserve with three dive sites. The Malay Fisheries and Marine Department officials patrol the entire area. There is a hefty fine if caught anchoring or fishing here. Pick up a mooring or pass a line to the dive boat on the mooring and wait until they leave.

Batu Ferringhi, Penang - Photo by Lee Sni Der Photo Images /
Batu Ferringhi, Penang - Photo by Lee Sni Der Photo Images /

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.

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