Want to do something different while you are on your vacation in Langkawi? Something that is sounds dangerous and at the same time exotic? How about swimming with sharks in Langkawi? Literally why should you only look at the majestic sharks from the other side of the window in an aquarium if you can see and swim with the real thing? If this little activity strikes your fancy, then hop on a day tour and head on to Pulau Payar for this fantastic opportunity.
Pulau Payar is one of the more popular islands in Malaysia. It is one of the best spot for diving along the west coast of Malaysia. The warm, crystal clear sheltered water is definitely ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling activities. Although diving in Langkawi is not the island’s main attraction, the fact that it is only a short boat ride from Langkawi and Penang makes it an ideal day trip for many of the tourists to try out diving in Langkawi.
There may be many reasons for one to visit Pulau Payar but one of the reasons is for the visitors to get up close and personal with the sharks when they visit this beautiful island. They will get to see the sharks swimming by their feet in the waters and they may also choose to touch the sharks or even swim with the sharks if they feel brave enough. These two activities are, of course, done under the supervision of qualified tour guides.
There are a few kinds of sharks in Langkawi, namely the black tip reef sharks, whale sharks and also some leopard sharks. The tame nurse sharks are also a common sight at the island. The tour guides will often help the tourists to identify the sharks that are present during the tour and the most common ones are the black tip reef sharks. These docile sharks do not usually pose any threats to humans and they are usually very comfortable around the tourists. For those who snorkel, the best place to see these sharks is usually around the corals where they go in search for juicy morsels.
Other than getting acquainted with the sharks, there are many more activities that a tourist can do while visiting the beautiful Pulau Payar. If you cannot swim but would love to see the beautiful corals and marine life, you can always go to underwater observation chamber for amazing close up views. If you do not like getting wet, then you may just sit back and relax with a small picnic and a book. Even though there are no accommodations provided on the island, you may choose to apply for a permit and camp there.
While you are at Pulau Payar, do remember your role as a responsible traveller. Do not leave any rubbish behind and do listen to the advice of your tour guide while dealing with the sharks. This is to keep both you and the sharks safe. A responsible traveller will always take good care to not destroy the ecotourism at the place of visit so that the beauty of the place will last for many more years to come.
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