LANGKAWI 浮罗交怡   .   PULAU PAYAR MARINE PARK

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Getting there is an easy 1-hour or so ride on comfortable speedboats or luxury cruises. Clear shimmering waters surrounding this island is perfect for a spot of snorkelling or even diving. Having been cordoned off as a marine park in 1985, the marine life here has rejuvenated from the days of blast-fishing, trawling and heavy sedimentation. Now this park has been made a study centre for marine researchers and is one of the best dive sites in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

With this protection the fish have grown accustomed to the many strange visitors found dipping into their territory. 

These little freeloaders love the breadcrumbs and titbits that visitors bring along with them. And sometimes in their excitement, they mistakenly nip the visitors too! The little bites are not life threatening nor do they draw blood but can get a little unnerving for those whose closest encounter with animals happens to be the neighbour's dog!

We've heard about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the diversity of its sea life. But really......we can get a glimpse of that here, in our own backyard. Pulau Payar is a great place for novice divers and snorkellers alike. The island waters shelter a variety of fish and corals, enough to encapture one's attention for hours on end! The dives reveal large groupers, fusiliers; groups of horse jacks, snappers; a variety of dacyllus, young black-tip sharks, spotter and brown moray eels, lionfish, black-spotted puffers, butterflyfish, angelfish, anemonefish, sea urchins, seastars, barrel sponges, sea cucumbers and lots more. There are the agropora corals, Tubastrea sp. and Antipathes among other species. 



The waters closer to the island are generally calmer during the drier seasons. If you're a new diver, try not to dive here during the rainy season as the sea can get pretty rough. Pulau Payar's neigbouring islands namely Pulau Kaca and Pulau Segantang can get a bit rough as they are fully exposed to the sea. There are no bays or coves to shelter.

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No. 6 Kampong Bendang Baru, Kuah Langkawi, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

Contact +60 13-350 1205 
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