Pulau Payar Marine Park in Langkawi
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Pulau Payar Marine Park is located in the waters of the island of the same name, 30 kilometers south of Langkawi, on the sea route to Penang. The island of Palau Payar is very tiny, the length is a little more than one and a half kilometers, and the width is a little more than 100 meters. Nearby there are several smaller islands, also included in the Marine Park. There is no tourist infrastructure for a long tourist stay, and it is prohibited, since the island and the Marine Park are a protected area. Tourists are invited to visit the Reserve in the form of excursions for diving, snorkeling and relaxing on the beaches of the island. Of course, just for the sake of relaxing on the beach, you should not go here, because the waters of the coral reefs protecting the islet of the Reserve are literally teeming with underwater life. And this is almost the only place where there is moderately good diving and snorkeling in the vicinity of Langkawi Island.
Before visiting this attraction, you should know not only about its advantages, but also about some disadvantages. First of all, the conditions for observing marine life and its diversity will surprise only inexperienced tourists. Unfortunately, sometimes you can be unlucky with the weather, and the water will be muddy, visibility is very poor. The way to the island is long, the tour will take all day, and most of it will go on the road. The inconvenient thing is that there is no fresh water on the island, and after swimming there will be nowhere to wash off the salt water, and there are no amenities on the beach. And yet, in high season, the number of tourists on the island is simply off scale.
🕐 Working hours: round the clock, excursions are offered for the whole light day.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: the cost of the excursion for snorkeling from 200 ringgit per person (including equipment), diving from 350 ringgit for two dives.
🚶 How to get there: the Marine Park is located 30 kilometers from Langkawi in the south (Pulau Payar on the map). Although you can visit it yourself on boats departing from the main pier in Kuah, it is much more profitable and convenient to visit Palau Payar in the form of a group tour. These include transfers from the hotel to the marina, boat trips and island stays. You can buy excursions in travel agencies on the street and in hotels.