This beautiful and well-preserved marine park extends over a number of islands, with Pulau Payer being the largest in the group, and is one of the top places to visit in Malaysia for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Surrounded by vivid coral reefs teeming with schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, the crystal clear water gives fantastic visibility of about 30-50 feet. This gives you ample opportunities to float or immerse yourself in this mesmerising underwater paradise.
Payer Island itself has four beautiful beaches which are perfect for taking a rest and enjoying a picnic lunch. Its shallow water means that the bays are mostly sheltered from rough seas thus creating perfect conditions to safely swim and snorkel.
There is also an underwater observation chamber on a floating platform which is moored off Pulau Payer where you can watch the activity going on in the reef below.
Divers looking for the most impressive locations will enjoy the flat terrain to the west of the marine park and around Pulau Segantang. There is a popular spot called the ‘Coral Garden’ on the south western tip of the island which is completely dominated by spectacular soft corals of many hues. Watching fish dart amongst them as they gently sway in the current is a breathtaking sight to behold.
Some artificial reefs have also been created with the aim of giving visitors an awe-inspiring and unforgettable experience. The reefs are clearly marked with buoys and indicate whether it is a Type Reef or a Boat Reef. A highlight for many visitors to the park is being able to watch a group of tame baby black-tip sharks that frolic in the shallow waters in the front of the Payer Island Marine Park centre.
Although underwater visibility is generally quite good, weather conditions (mostly during the rainy season) can affect this so it is important to check with your local dive operator before visiting the marine park.
Pulau Payer is a short speed boat trip away from the hub of Langkawi where the majority of resorts and hotels are based. Langkawi is known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’ and is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, located 30km off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Two thirds of Langkawi’s landscape is covered by lush forest and rolling hills. Combined with its beautiful golden sand beaches and its wide array of wildlife, the island has become one of the country’s most popular destinations for nature lovers who are looking for exciting things to do in Malaysia.
As the impact of mass tourism grows, adopting green tourism and ethical attitudes when you holiday in Malaysia and tour in Langkawi is increasingly becoming more important.
You can help do this by ensuring you choose to book through reputable dive operators that are invested in protecting Langkawi’s marine life.
Implementing conservation measures is important to preserving the integrity of Malaysia’s important natural beauty treasures so visitors to the marine park are reminded to not stand on coral with their fins or take coral or shells as souvenirs. Not littering will help to retain the pristine environment and not feeding the fish (unless specified otherwise) will help keep the fragile eco-system in place.
Following these principles of environmentally responsible travel will help to ensure future generations will be able to continue to enjoy and experience the many joys that Malaysia has to offer visitors.