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Pulau Payar - Langkawi Coral

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Langkawi Coral
4 January

This morning we woke very early, as we should have been at the reception at 7:50, when the bus picked us up to go to Langkawi Coral. For some of us this was a first real snorkeling experience. We were a little bit frightened because some told that there can be aftershocks that can occur after the principal earthquake. But we still wanted to go, as we believed that experience we expected will be great.

After the breakfast (where we hardly ate anything) the bus took us to the boat and the boat drove to the small island Pulau Payar. Pulau Payar is situated in the northern part of Straits of Malacca, near Kuala Kedah and thirty kilometers south of Pulau Langkawi. The island is not inhabited. Pulau Payar offers sandy beaches, which combine to provide a total length of about 200 meters. Teeming with coral reefs, the waters surrounding the island has an average visibility of between 9 to 15 meters, making this marine park an ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and picnicking. Two tracking trails have also been made available for visitors to explore the flora and fauna of the island.

PlatformThere was a floating platform, where we changed clothes and went for snorkeling. The view opened in the crystal clear blue water was magnificent - colorful fishes and corals. One of the guides blew the pieces of bread into the water and fishes came to eat it quickly. Some of the fishes even bit our legs. We really felt like swimming in the aquarium.

For those who do not dive or snorkel there was a tunnel-like chamber located at the bottom of the platform ' more than 10 feet below the sea. This underwater observation chamber is the closest encounter a landlubber can have with the world below. Coral Langkawi also offers glass-bottom boat rides to selected sites of coral gardens.

At the lunchtime it was organized a trip to shark feeding. We stood at the 5 meters high bridge and below there were a lot of sharks; the guide threw them some meat.

There was also a beautiful beach, where we walked and picked up some beautiful stones and just sunbathed.

At the platform we also had a buffet lunch. This was again good food. After lunch we had free time, we snorkeled again. One of the children saw little shark when swimming, so this was a challenging experience.Sandals

This was just a perfect day to end our vacation in Malaysia - a lot of sun, enjoying the colorful seaworld and excellent food. In the evening we had a last dinner in Batu Ferringhi. Also we did some souvenir shopping in night market. We had a dinner in the place we have not been yet. At the cozy restaurant we met the fellow citizens from Estonia, with whom we flew to Penang. Back in the hotel we reviewed all together the photos we have taken. Some of the shark pictures were really cool. We had also one fresh and sweet pineapple to eat, it was so delicious! We had eaten so many fresh exotic fruits during that trip.