Firstly, if you do not like snorkeling (or diving), do not take the trip to Pulay Payar (as there is nothing much else to do). But if you love snorkeling, do as follows:
You will have two choices, to either go to the beach (150 ringit) or to the platform (~260 ringit). Take the platform - really! The platform has all the facilities you need, such as toilets, fresh water showers and shade. It also has easy access to the water/corals and you can literally jump into the middle of the fish. In the price of the platform is also included buffet lunch, snorkels and life jacket.
Okay, first you get to snorkel around the platform, where you see a lot of different kinds of fish. And then you get the lunch. During lunch some get the change to sign up for an extra snorkeling tour around the island (30 ringit). Take it (and if they do not come asking, ask them)!
After the lunch most of the group will go feeding the baby sharks (some of which you can see also while snorkeling) and to the beach. But with the extra trip you will get to the tip of the island and snorkel one hour, while the guides will show you some fish and corals (we saw some lobsters, too). Here there are a bit different fishes and the corals are nice. Really worth the extra 30 ringit!
Note that the trip to Pulau Payar will take some time, since first you take a bus to Kuah town and from there a ferry to the island (this will take altogether some couple of hours, depending on where your hotel is).
And remember: do not touch the corals and do not feed the fish (even though some tourists seem to love throwing bread into the water...). Let the nature be as is :)
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