Payar Island, an exotic and beautiful marine park Situated 30 kilometres from the South-east of Langkawi, protects the diverse marine life. Payar Island in Langkawi is a group of four islands and is the largest of the four islands named as Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu, and Pulau Segantang which are regulated by the Fisheries Department of Kedah. Payar Island is the first-ever marine park with crystal clear emerald waters and colourful reefs in Malaysia.
Things to Do in Payar Island
Get an exciting and embark on a thrilling experience by snorkelling inside the marine park and witnessing the beauty of the underwater world in the clear crystal waters. See the different species of the reef as it is a popular activity in Payar Island.
Payar Island offers the best visibility for scuba diving and the best scuba diving can be experienced in the Western Peninsula. This has resulted in the Payar Island becoming a popular diving spot.
There are two hiking trails to explore, witness the varied flora and fauna of the island which are open for travellers on Payar Island.
Coral Garden, a private place in the island with colourful reefs is the highlight of the marine park. To witness this place, one needs to take permission from the Fisheries Department since fishing is completely forbidden in the Coral Garden. The marine park has been catering to an increasing number of tourists and came under protection in the year 1985. The park has a number of facilities like barbecue pits, restrooms, picnic tables, and gazebos.
How to reach Payar Island
By Ferry: Langkawi and Penang are the nearest dock to Payar Island. From Penang, the ferry covers a distance of approximately 77 kilometres, which will take around 2 hours. From Langkawi, the ferry covers a distance of approximately 42 kilometres, which will take around 45 minutes to reach Payar Island.
Entry Ticket for Payar Island
The entry charges for children (3-11 years) entering Payar Island is approximately INR 2155 and for an adult, it is INR 2500. You need to pay extra charges if you want to try scuba diving and snorkelling.
Best time to visit Payar Island
Payar Marine Park is a year-round destination, and hence Payar Marine Park is open throughout the year with no fixed timings. Payar Island is open from Monday to Sunday and the timings are from 12:01 am – 11:59 pm. The temperature throughout the year ranges from 20-degrees Celcius to 30-degrees Celsius. The best months to visit Payar Marine Park are Months from November to March.
Tips for Payar Island
Before starting your journey into the captivating island which preserves and protects marine life, consider the Payar Island tips:
- In the park, Fishing is strictly forbidden
- while swimming in the park, wear a life jacket
- while swimming or snorkelling, don’t stand on the corals
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