This was the worst trip we have ever been on and I won't recommend it to anyone.
We booked with East Marine through Tour East, which was about £40-£50 each.
A very small minibus picked us up from the Datai which then proceeded to pick up 9 more people so it was extremely cramped and quite a long journey to the jetty.
We were given refreshments and then a quick talk from one of the guys. On board the ferry we were given snorkelling gear and lifejackets and the trip took about an hour. Not very comfortable I must say.
Anyway Pulau Payer looked lovely from the sea, all green and clear until we landed. We were taken to a large shelter with concrete floors and benches right behind the "beach". This was very dirty. Right next to us construction work was going on which was extremely dangerous as we had to walk through it to get to the toilets. No health and safety here at all!!!! The loos were a disgrace and can only be described as "rank" - the worst I have ever seen and I have seen some bad ones. Only 2 loos between over 200 people. They didn't flush, no loo paper and they didn't lock, they also smelt terrible.
We decided to try the other beach near the floating platform. However we discovered that the walkway ended well before the beach with a rock climbing assault course. This was very dangerous especially when the tide came in later.
Back to the "main beach" which was basically a strip of sand 10-12 ft wide which completely disappeared after lunch when the tide came in. We then had to sit for hours under the shelter with the construction work and filth all around us. There was nowhere else to go at all. We were encouraged to take our rubbish with us, but a lot of tourists didn't bother and the sea was littered with plastic bottles, old lighters and plastic bags.
The sea was warm but very cloudy unless you went right out beyond the jetty where it was clear. Many people fed the fish which did bite so beware! The shark feeding was a frenzy and was quite dangerous as the guys feeding them basically tormented them encouraging them to come into the shallows where small kids were standing.
The packed lunch consisted of fish paste & tomato (disgusting), cold potato wedges and a very limp salad. Water accompanied this but there was no other food or drink available so if you didn't like this (who would?) you went hungry.
As I said before the Health & Safety was disgusting. The guys accompanying us only had basic training in putting plasters on. When a french guy got bitten by a fish they didn't know what to do. He was in a very bad way with his arm swelling up fast. There was no rush to take him off the island and no transport fast enough to get him to hospital in a hurry. He was still with us at the end of the day looking decidedly dodgy. They also informed us that they didn't have any lifeguards so if anyone got into trouble it was tough luck.
I would not recommend this trip to anyone, it would be much better to save your money and go to one of the lovely beaches around the island that are free and very clean and have safety facilities around them!
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