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“A Diving Experiance With No Sparkle”

Pulau Payar Marine Park
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Day Trip Snorkelling to Payar Island Marine Park...
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We signed up for an Introductory Dive with East Marine. We have previously done similar on the Barrier Reef and in Bali so thought we knew what to expect.

We picked up from the resort on time and transferred the Royal Yacht Club to join the tour. Upon arrival we were offered a tea or coffee but were given no explanation of what was happening. After over 30 minutes of hanging around a couple of others turned up to join the tour and we set of. The boat is shared with those who are snorkelling and this diving, as it was there was only 8 of us so the boat had plenty of space. The staff running the tour although cheerful did not appear to want to engage much during the trip when some information about the area would have been nice.

After about an hour we arrived at the island. The snorkelers went ashore by transfer boat while we stayed on the boat for the diving instruction. The dive site was literally just of the end of the pier outside of the roped off area for the snorkelers so felt a little cheated. The dive itself was ok with a good variety of fish and plenty of coral although it was very bleached with very little colour.

After the dive we were also dropped off on shore for lunch and snorkelling. As stated the snorkelling was in a roped off area and by the time we arrived a number of other boats had arrived and there were over 200 people snorkelling making it somewhat crowded. Strangely over 90% of the people chose to snorkel wearing their life jackets required for the transfer.

Overall the whole experience was rather disappointing compared to previous experience, while no individual aspect was that poor nothing really had that magical sparkle that you would hope for to make it a memorable event.

1  Thank Steve954
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I wanted to go snorkeling when I wa sin Langkawi. I asked the staff at hotel lobby and they directed me to one of the tour companies. You need to take a boat or ferry trip from the Kuah port (or Jetty as locals call) to go to this place. This place has a wonderful picturesque view and the water seems good. but it is very crowded with all the people carried by tours.The beach is very small.I didn't try the changing facilities and toilets but checked. It is fair but not the cleanest one. If you want to see the fish you need to cross under the bridge and continue swimming or walk on the deck till you arrive the other beach. there will be less crowded less dirt. If you are traveling as a group, I recommend to arrange your own trip to this place to have more time for snorkeling.Because tours pick you up at 9 am and after all other pick ups and traveling to Kuah Jetty and then traveling to Pulau Payar Marine park it will be around 11-11:30 am. Then they take off very early at 2:30pm and you arrive back hotel not before 5pm.
Unfortunately in Langkawi I was surprised that on every beach including this so called GeoPark beach as well, they have some trash floating. It is an amazing place but need a little bit more cleanup.

Thank Sema K
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Herded around like sheep, Cramped into ugly, dirty ferries without being able to see out- our window was too high and too dirty. We were left siting at the wharf while the "Customer Service" team counted us ELEVEN times. If they know how many seats were on the ferry, that should have narrowed the options down. 45 minutes with a B grade movie playing on the clapped out TV, we arrive at our marine paradise. Ahh but we're not let off . We sit in our coffin tube while boatloads of other tourist try on snorkels and flippers. No one tells us why we are sitting and waiting. We had left the hotel at 8 and it was now 11:30 and we hadnt seen water.

More rules more queues more lining up. Nothing was ready, no one prepared but the gentleman in charge liked us to line up anyway. The water had rubbish floating around and the sea bottom was mostly dead with old tyres and other junk used for securing the floating pen in which we were forced to swim. But our tour did not include flippers!!!

Don't even ASK about the bathroom and changing facilities for these hordes of people. I still have flashbacks of kids playing in the "pond" around the toilet block.

Lunch was to be served at 12, then 12:30, then 10 minutes then soon, then it arrived at 1:30. Undercooked chicken in this heat!!!, 5 decomposing and inedible crinkle cut fries, luke warm slice of tomato with a 5cm square of lettuce and a wallop of cold congealed rice!!!!

We couldn't wait to queue up for the ferry trip home. At least the subtitles on the movie made us laugh "engage the rectal reflector shields" being a favourite.

If you are going to do "Eco" tours lets put some of the money back into the environment. Upgrade the dirty stinky ferries, limit the number of tourist to a number that you can actually provide a quality service for and stop all your workers smoking. Clean up your marine park and don't litter the seabed with crap. Find some people who understand customer service and not goat herding. You are charging $50 each for this trip, make it worth doing.

5  Thank kazbah56
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

went on an organised trip from Kedah which we organised ourselves, boat trip to an d from the Island is a bit rough but can be expected in rainy season , the Island it self was breathtaking , only a small beach but if you like snorkoling and looking at fish its for you , we had a great day and had the sharks there which was a bonus...

Thank chaffy73
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Previously learnt to dive with East Marine in 2006 and got my open water with my 2 sons.

Returned this year to do some more courses to get my Advanced Open Water. Jenny and her team were forever helpful in organising the coursed and pick ups from the hotels.

The courses were well run with EJ as my instructor and enjoyed the instruction.

Well worth learning from them and seeing the marine park as well.

Thank Canishound
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