Sunday, December 5, 2010
Pulau Payar Coral Reef Platform Marine Park Trip
Early morning view at Port Swettenham, Penang where you are going to board your Ferry to Pulau Payar.
Yup. This is how it looks like in the morning. Magnificent?
The tower while you wait for the ferry!
The ferry. It's a near 2 hours ride but I am sure you would enjoy the whole ride there.
The wristband that distinguish you are coming from the Penang group
Leaving Penang island
The sea and the skies. Not to mention the cooling breeze of the wind.
Nearing Pulau Payar. It's actually an island situated to the south or Langkawi which still retains it's virgin forest. It's a protected forest area thus it's safe from development of any kind. No hotels.
The island jetty and stop
The coral reef platform where you would dock on for your activities.
The view from the platform
Briefing session by the staff: "You will be on your own out there. Only you and the fishes!"
The platform has an underwater observatory too. It's a mini underwater world.
See the fishes with the coral reef background? That's where I am headed too after the observatory visit. Anyway this is a good place for those who doesn't swim
The group of blogger friends I had with me on this trip.
The snorkeling gear and light machine(camera). Oh did I mention, they also have diving packages for those who are daring enough to try and for those who wanted to get closer to the underwater life.
The fishes in the clear water. That's where you are going to swim there.
Lunch is a buffet style eat all you can meal.
Next you get a boat ride to the island for a surprise. See the clear waters heading towards the island?
Picture taken from the docking jetty leading to the island. This is so that the boats doesn't damage the coral reefs which you can see are aplenty around the beach area. less than 20 meters and you have the coral reefs in front of you.
Platform walkways for those who wants to enjoy the greenery instead of only the beach.
Just to show you how clear the waters were. This is around a meter deep.
The waters are actually clearer than Redang in comparison.
The view from the island. Even in this picture you can see the underwater reefs.
Yup! This is the surprise I mentioned earlier.. Sharks! These are black tip sharks and no I am not joking when I said you can play with them.
Just be a little careful when you play with them. Make sure you are not bleeding anywhere else... well I will leave that to your imagination...
For the less adventurous ones, You can always sit at the beach and enjoy the scenery and cold breeze.
For the brave ones, you can always opt to swim with the sharks. Yes, I went in to have a swim with the sharks there. This is as far as my DSLR goes.
The corals. I kept struggling to keep myself afloat to get this picture... It's over 2 meters deep and yet you could see the coral reefs crystal clear.
After the island trip, you will head back to the platform where you get to swim with more fishes.
Remember to bring some bread to feed the fishes. Here you see a whole loaf of my bread for the fishes. Look at the amount of fishes?
This is the platform for those who doesn't know how to swim. It enables you to get close to the fishes without literally needing to know how to swim.
Feeding the fishes my leg... and yes they do bite your feet albeit not piranha kind of bites.
You can also spend time looking and ponder upon the slow calming scenery there on the platform.
One last picture before heading back to Penang.
The group shot which was "stolen" from one of the bloggers. Hey I loaned my tripod for this ok? Hahaha. From left to right with their blog links on the trip: Ray(owner of this pic), Kean Hooi, Kelvin, Me, Sherming, Calvyn
The souvenir? Compare with one of the earlier pictures of my hand and you will know what..
This trip had been courtesy of
Langkawi Saga Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
16, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Tel : 604-899 8822
Do contact them for more info on the packages available.
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