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“Great day out!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of East Marine Dive

East Marine Dive
Royal Langkawi Yatch Club, Jalan Dato' Syed Omar 07000 Langkawi, kedah, Langkawi, Malaysia
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Ranked #68 of 88 Activities in Langkawi
Type: Adventure
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Great day out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Never having done snorkelling before we wanted to experience it in Langkawi even though we were aware it's not the best place in the world for visibility.
The beach was beautiful and the visibility really was quite good. I can imagine if it was more stormy then the water wouldn't have been so clear. There is no fresh water on the island, so make sure you take lots of water. Toilets are also not particularly nice, so make sure you take tissue and hand wipes!
East Marine were really organised and we found them a good option to go with. Pick ups were on time and boat trip to Payar was comfortable and relaxing. There was only about 20 people on our boat and we might have had a different experience if it was really busy. There was quite a lot of other tours that joined the beach but I understand May is quiet for Payar. This didnt matter too much though because the majority of the other tourists didnt go deeper than waist depth so wasn't too crowded deeper. Apparently in December and January this place gets really busy and you cannot move. Maybe this wouldn't be so enjoyable.
Our guide was great. After lunch he encouraged those in our group to go out with him and he'd take us to the best spots to see the best stuff. This was great! We saw lots of things; sea snakes, barracuda, reef sharks, clown fish, massive grouper etc. Was really awesome and got some great pictures.
Great first experience snorkelling.

Visited May 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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“Well organized diving tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

It doesn't has much choice in Langkawi to choose a diving trip. East Marine seems everyone knows locally...they are well plan and well organize of the diving spot, I had lot of fun. However, the lunch box need some improvement , it's all with rice, sandwich and standard of each lunch box. Suggest had some choice so that no waste

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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great day out for the family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We have two boys aged 12 and 14 who are qualified junior scuba divers. We set out for some great snorkelling and diving. The boys were briefed really well and the equipment was in good order. The water was very clear when we went so they had visibility of up to 15 feet!
The whole day was amazing. Great packed lunch and lots of help and support.
Highly recommend it.

Visited April 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Introduction to snorkelling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We planned this day trip to introduce our eight year old daughter to snorkelling. She very much enjoyed the experience thanks to the personal attention she received from the guides who helped her swim with black-tipped reef sharks and look at huge sea urchins.

The marine park was mostly very beautiful but marred in part by the sheer quantity of visitors literally pouring off boats onto the small beach. At one point, the sea was like human soup with hundreds of snorkelers in bright life jackets bobbing about. Unfortunately there were also some who did not respect the cleanliness of the environment and I would like to encourage all tour operators to really emphasise to their customers during the journey to the island how important it is to not leave any litter or smoke cigarettes in the sea, throwing the butts into the water (which I witnessed twice during the day) etc. I also observed a woman catching fish in a plastic bag, much to the entertainment of her small son. Perhaps there could be someone in uniform patrolling the beach while there are so many tourists to ensure that the island and surrounding sea remains clean. Ultimately, if the beach becomes too dirty and all the marine life die then there will be no more tourists.
To end on a positive note, over all we very much enjoyed our day with East Marine and appreciated their hospitality and the organisation of the day.

Visited April 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“East Marine Snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We signed up for the snorkeling adventure through our hotel. They picked us up that morning at our hotel and brought us to the departure location. The staff were amazing. They absolutely made the trip, especially Badrul. We saw more fish than any of our excursions in Mexico, Bahamas or Anguilla. There were lots of people while we were at the marine park, but that didn't bother the fish at all. Great experience and would do it again in a heart beat.

Visited March 2014
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