Tucked in Kuah, Langkawi and deemed as Malaysia’s oldest marine park sanctuary, a trip to Pulau Payar promises a scenery to cherish for all visitors and wholesome experience of interacting with your favourite sea creatures.
The marine park extends over 4 islands in between the Pearl of Orient (between Penang and Langkawi’s Geopark) – Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang, and Pulau Payar which is the biggest of all four. It does not offer any accommodation to the visitors as all the islands are uninhabited. The rich range of coral reef (also includes Tubastrea Micrantha and Semi-Precious Antipathes) represents the sanctuary’s uniqueness, with various species of exotic fishes roaming around the area such as barracudas, clownfish, horse-eyed jacks, and black-tipped reef sharks.
The well-preserved marine park owns all the characteristics of a marvellous diving and snorkelling heaven. One of the most prominent features of the wonderful set of islands in the Coral Garden, a secluded section of the park which offers the best spot for diving enthusiasts to be in awe with the riches of colourful corals and magnificent sea creatures. So, grab a mask, dive in and swim around together with the swirl of fishes and surrounding corals. For those who don’t fancy a swim, the park provides an observation area in the floating platform for you.
Apart from diving and snorkelling, visitors also enjoy swimming in the calm sheltered water, giving the satisfaction of refreshing themselves with the beautiful landscape of the park inside the clear water. Another unique activity to enjoy here is baby shark feeding – you will be able to get close with the adorable creatures and enjoy their company. The park also offers hiking trails for visitors who would want an unrelated-marine adventure.
Although uninhabited, the marine park still provides a list of amenities such as picnic tables, barbecue pits, gazebos, and restrooms for the public – making it a likely destination for a family escapade.
Fitting with its role as marine conservation, Pulau Payar Marine Park promotes eco-tourism to ensure a long-standing ecological balance of marine life. So, please refrain yourself from collecting any kind of creatures from the ecosystem such as corals, shells, or any marine organisms in any form. Visitors are also prohibited from fishing, and make sure to maintain your distance and refrain from touching the baby sharks when feeding them.
Tickets are available at the Kuah Ferry Terminal. You will also be able to select your preferred tour packages at the terminal. Most packages will cover transportation, lunch, and activities in the park.
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