Pulau Payar- The Coral Garden

pulau-payarThis beautiful marine park situated in the northern part of the Straits of Malacca off the State of Kedah, is about 20 nautical miles south of Langkawi Island and 32 nautical miles north of Penang. This marine park covers an area of two nautical miles consists of  four little islands – Pulau Payar (the largest), Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang.

The Coral Garden

With strict enforcement from the Fisheries Department, the marine park kept its marine life and vegetation well protected. A fascinating diversity of marine corals and some endangered fish species can still be found in the area.

This marine park is an ideal place for swimming , snorkeling and diving, visitors will love to enjoy the  bright, multi-color soft corals seen through the crystal clear water around the” Coral Garden”.There is no accommodation for visitors to stay on the island overnight. However, for the more adventurous tourist who would like to experience a night out on the sandy beaches, camping is allowed with the permission from the Fisheries Department in Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah state. Basic facilities like picnic tables, barbecue pits, washrooms and gazebos on selected part of the island.

How to get there
Visitors can get to Pulau Payar from Langkawi Island, Kuala Kedah and Penang. Enquiry and booking should made a day earlier with tour operators at your respective departure point. Meals will mostly be provided but you have to bring your own gears and snorkeling equipments.

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