The waters off Langkawi are teeming with life. The islands act as a migration route for aquatic mammals at certain times of the year, with over 27 species of whale, dolphin and dugong sightings recorded. These include the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise, the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, and the famous ‘pink’ Irrawaddy dolphin. These playful species display interesting dolphin behaviours, from using their flukes to stun their prey, to chasing after big-fin reef squids. Bryde whales have also been observed breeching the water surface. These whales display the most erratic behaviour and are remarkably elongated. Dive deeper and you may spot the gentle and charismatic dugongs feeding on seagrass.

A popular site to explore Langkawi’s ocean life is Pulau Payar, Malaysia’s oldest marine park. It comprises four uninhabited islands: Payar, Lembu, Kaca and Segantang. Whether it’s swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving, this marine park offers activities for all. From swimming alongside exotic marine life, like blacktip sharks, giant groupers, moray eels and barracudas, to exploring spectacular rainbow-coloured coral reefs, the aquatic wonders of Pulau Payar are an underwater experience to be cherished.


Photo by MareCet


Photo by MareCet

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