Pulau Payar Marine Park is situated in the Northern Part of the Straits of Melaka, near Kuala Kedah and thirty km South of Pulau Langkawi. It is a very popular tourist destination. To visit this Marine Park, we had to booked through the office of the Langkawi Coral at the Kuah Ferry Terminal, which cost around RM220 per day. The company pick us up at one of the hotel meeting point, provide lunch, drinking water, life jacket and snorkel equipment.
Pulau Payar Marine Park covers two nautical miles off four little islands and Pulau Payer is the largest, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang. None of these island is inhabited, except by on duty officers of the Fisheries Department. Fishing is strictly prohibited around these islands.There is no accommodation on these islands, if more adventurous tourist who would like to rough it out with nature, camping is allow with permission from the Fisheries Department.
Our day trip to the Pulau Payar Marine Park from Penang Island and the ride takes more than an hour. There are several companies in Penang do organizing trips to Pulau Payar. We were glad that our tour guide arranged to pick us up early in the morning so that we will miss the big flock of tourists and locals coming later to enjoy the beach.
Once we arrived to the marine park, the beautiful sparkling jade and blue water looks so inviting with fine sand beaches. Pulau Payar offers four sandy beaches which provide a total length of 200 meters with coral reefs surrounding the four islands with an average visibility between 9 to 15 meters. It is an ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming and picnicking.
There are two tracking trails for visitors to explore the flora and fauna of the island. There some amenities such as picnic tables, barbecue pit, gazebos and restroom. Scuba divers and those who snorkel will enjoy the sight of colorful fishes darting playfully in and out of the corals. We swim and revel in the company of shoals and shoals of fishes as they go about their busy way.
Various seashells, shellfishes and slugs that are scattered all over the seabed complete with underwater vista. A sense of calm among the hustle and bustle of life in the water. The tranquil surface belies the teeming life below.
Unfortunately, we unable to visit the Carol Garden due to recent bleaching problem and the local authorities closed all the affected areas for preservation of ecosystem and hopefully it will bring back the colorful carol back to life again. As to prevent more tourists or locals caused more harm to the marine park there isn’t any toilet facilities in this area and tourists and the locals have to leave this areas by 3.00 p.m.
Strongly recommend this amazing beautiful island paradise to all my friends if you happen to be in Penang, make a day free to visit this exciting and adventurous island as there are so much sea life to see and experience swimming around with the company of flock of colorful fishes and baby sharks.