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KEDAH - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Payar Island / Marine Park
 
 

PULAU PAYAR ISLAND

MARINE PARK

Gazette as a Marine Park in 1985, it encompasses the neighbouring islands of Pulau Segantang, Pulau Kaca and Pulau Lembu.

 

Pulau Payar to the south of Langkawi is another alluring island getaway, especially for diving enthusiasts. Reputed to support the largest number of coral species in the country, Pulau Payar crystal clear waters make it suitable for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and underwater photography.

 
 
PULAU PAYAR MARINE PARK
 

The Pulau Payar Marine Park is located in the northern part of the Straits of Malacca, off Kuala Kedah. It is about 20 nautical miles south of Langkawi and approximately 40 nautical miles north of Penang.

 

The best times to visit the park are from October to March although it can be visited throughout the year. Consisting of four islands, it was declared a marine park in 1985. Pulau Payar, together with the smaller islands of Kaca, Lembu and Segantang form the park. It was the first marine park to be established off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and studies by WWF have documented 36 genera of hard coral, 92 other marine invertebrates and 45 genera of fish species. For most tourists, a day trip to the park is the only option. It can be accessed by boat from jetties in Kuah on Langkawi Island (one hour), Kuala Kedah on the mainland (40 minutes) and from Penang Island (75 minutes).

 

 

At Pulau Payar there are four beaches sloping off with hard corals to depths of 10m to 15m. Rocky shores and bays with depths averaging 15m to 20m offer lots of soft corals and anemones. The southwestern end of the island is home to some beautiful coral gardens with lots of soft multi-hued corals. Sea ferns, sea squirts, feather starfish, anemones, rainbow runners and ghost fish are also very common. Pulau Payar also has a visitors? centre, hiking trails, gazebos, barbecue pits and restroom facilities. Those who do not dive or snorkel can still view the spectacular underwater domain from Malaysia?s first and only underwater observation chamber. Your hotel or local tour operator will be able to arrange the day trip for you. Except for staff of the Fisheries Department, no one else lives on the islands of Pulau Payar. There is no accommodation for visitors on the islands.

 
 
CORAL GARDEN
 

Coral garden is located on the western tip of Pulau Payar. This dive site features both hard and soft corals along the island?s rocky terrain with depths from 5 to 18 metres. Visibility averages between 5 to 15 metres. Huge boulders carpeted with soft corals offer numerous crevices that attract marine life seeking refuge from predators. Fish life is abundant, with damsels, fusiliers, lionfish, schooling jacks and big groupers.

 
 
 
GROUPER FARM
 

Suitably named, this dive site is located towards the southern end of Pulau Payar and is home to schooling fish nervously darting about due to the presence of numerous big groupers. Hard corals and sea fans dominate the seascape with the reef top gradually sloping down to about 15 metres to the sandy bottom. If a slight current is present, a drift dive is the best approach to this site.

 
 
 
PULAU KACA
 

Situated towards the east of Pulau Payar is some easy wreck diving off Pulau Kaca. Dozens of sunken fishing trawlers are found around Pulau Kaca creating artificial reefs. Rocky topside topography gives way to hard coral growth at 5 metres and slopes to a sandy bottom at about 18 metres. A diver does not require any bearing to locate the wrecks, as it is bound to encounter the scattered vessels in almost any direction. Coral blocks on the sandy bottom are inhabited by a whole spectrum of reef fishes, mollusks and nudibranchs.

 
 
 
PULAU SEGANTANG
 

This twin rocky outcrop is located 13 kilometres towards the west of Pulau Payar. Pulau Segantang, features steep rocky terrain plunging into the sea to a sandy bottom at 20 metres. Nurse sharks, barracudas and jacks are very common here. Fusiliers will curiously swim around intruding divers. Here, hard corals and sea fans are found on the slopes between 15 - 20 metres. Lobsters, moray eels and mollusks are also commonly observed.

 
 
 
GETTING THERE
 

From Kuala Kedah

Pulau Payar is accessible from Kuala Kedah by speedboat and catamaran. It takes approximately an hour to reach the island. Tour operators can organise cruises and diving tours to the neighbouring islands in the Marine Park.

 

From Langkawi

Visitors can get to Pulau Payar from Kuah Jetty by catamaran or speedboat. The catamaran takes about 45 minutes to get to Pulau Payar while the speedboat takes an hour. It is advisable to book the catamaran service a day before the trip. Apart from the fare, a levy of RM5 for adults and RM2.50 for children is charged for entry to the marine park. For further information on the catamaran service, kindly contact Langkawi Coral at 049667318 or Coral Island at 04966 1368.

 

 
 

CLICK HERE details about Scuba Diving at Pulau Payar Island

 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Payar Island / Marine Park
KEDAH - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA