Discover Pulau Payar Marine Park - Langkawi
If you ever wanted to experience a legitimate ocean adventure, then the Payar Pulau Marine Park is definitely the place to be. It is located 30 kilometers to the south of Pulau Langkawi and is part of the northern Straits of Melaka. This ocean park covers two nautical miles and is situated just off the four islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang. These islands offer some of the best diving spots in the area due to the varied and colorful marine life that you can see here.
The largest of the islands, Pulau Payar, is where the Marine Park Center is located and where you can find important information about the do’s and don’ts while visiting the island. There are various water activities that travelers can participate in while here, such as scuba diving or even shark feeding. One of the most popular dive spots is the Coral Garden, a sectioned off area of the park where beautifully colorful corals are protected and preserved.
Those who aren’t so keen on getting wet can also take a walk on the two hiking trails that go through the island. There are many spectacular views of the ocean and the surrounding areas that can take a person’s breath away while walking along these trails. And while many wish to spend the night on such an island paradise, there are no readily available accommodations here. However, it is possible to camp out here with the permission of the Fisheries Department at Alor Setar in Kedah.
Reaching this amazing island marine park is very straightforward. Visitors can get to Payar Island from Kuah jetty port either by speedboat or by catamaran. The travel time usually takes around 45 minutes to one hour. It is advised to book a catamaran in advance, so as to avoid any difficulties finding a suitable ride that can accommodate your group. It is also possible to get a boat from Penang, but the route is generally longer and can take up to an hour. Since it is normally not possible to spend the night here, it’s best to come here early and get the most out of your day trip on the islands.
What our experts tell about this experience.
My kids love animals, especially the ones that swim. This site was a great way to learn about marine life, and when we were given the chance to swim with the critters, I immediately knew that this will be a time my kids will treasure forever.