Friday, March 8, 2013

Pulau Payar

While I was doing some housekeeping on my computer, I realized that I've not posted anything on the Pulau Payar trips in my blog! But I did blog about XJ being hospitalized over here after the trips.

On the 12 Jan 2013, we traveled North for a 3D/2N stayed over Penang. As we need to work on a Saturday, we left around 5 pm and by the time we reached our hotel, it was already past 11 pm. It could be earlier, but due to police road block on one part of the highway after Ipoh, we were stucked there for a good 1 hour. After the road block, it suddenly rained very heavily, hence we have to drive really slow.

The hotel we stayed
On the 13 Jan 2013, we woke up around 6 am and took a taxi to the jetty for our adventure trip to the Pulau Payar. The ferry rides took about 2 hours.

Beautiful sunrise along the jetty
We were required to check-in before 7.30 am but the ferry only departs at 8 am. Bt the time we reached the floating platform in Pulau Payar, it was around 10 am. Once we stepped down from the ferry, we were amazed by the beautiful scenery of the island and the crystal clear sea water.

Fishes
After a brief talked given by one of the guide, we proceeded to change and took our snorkeling gears and life jackets. Looking at the amount of fishes in the water, I got a little frighten at first. Haha.... but because I have to encourage my kids to stand on the platform, I had to act brave. Soon, I found myself enjoying !

Kids getting ready for the adventure
The kids were a little worried about the fishes too, but glad that they still managed to overcome the fear and dip their feet into the sea water.

Feeding fishes with bread skins which we brought from home
We brought some bread skins all the way from home to feed the fishes.

XJ putting on the snorkeling gear
XJ bravely stand on the platform with fishes around her. However, she dares not dip her whole body into the water. The snorkeling gear was basically for photo shot only as both kids doesn't know how to use them. haha...

Underwater observation deck
Under the platform, there was this underwater observation deck. From the glasses, we could see fishes ....

A school of fishes
At certain time, a school of fishes would swim across and I managed to capture them. It was really a beautiful scene.

Kids feeding fishes again

Fishes fighting for breads

Both were hungry and cold ........
After standing in the sea water for less than 30 minutes, YX's leg got a cut by some sharp shells by the platform and was yelling in pain. He refused to play in the salty sea water and insisted wanted to change. XJ followed her brother as she too, refuse to play anymore. As MIL who doesn't really enjoy the snorkeling volunteered to take care of the kids.
 
Crystal clear water
Hubby and I then swam to the opposite island. It does looked far, but in fact, it took us less than 15 minutes to reach. However, as we rarely exercise, it was a very tedious journey. Both arms and legs were like so heavy and we had to stop a few times before continuing our journey.

Goodbye Langkawi Coral
Buffet lunch was provided but the food tasted horrible. It was cold and salty. Since we were all very hungry, we still forced ourselves to swallow them down. haha....

After the lunch, we went on the glass boat tour which was included in our package. The boat stop a few km away from the platform for us to view the bottom of the sea through the in-built glass on the boat. Nothing much to see though.

At around 3pm, we had to leave the platform. All of us slept in the ferry. We were dead tired !

Coming up next, what we eat in Penang and Ipoh............. 

20 comments:

  1. Pulau Payar.. this island sounds so familiar to me, and it is actually near Langkawi right?? i remember going there during my Langkawi trip many years ago.. didn't know we can go there via Penang, haha, how "sua ku" i am~~ :D

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    1. wow, that seems to be a very tiring trip for you huh?? first thing, it's quite rush.. and the second thing, you have to swim to the island in the sea (since you hardly exercise).. haha!!

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    2. it has changed a lot, i don't remember there is a small island opposite Pulau Payar.. what i remember was we were snorkeling within the enclosed area just nearby the shore.. but enough for us to see the underwater world.. so many fish and corals~~ nice experience!!

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    3. 1. Heard that this island belongs to Langkawi. It will be nearer if traveled via Lgk. From Penang, it took us about 2 hrs.

      2. haha.... yes...very tiring but we are still in one piece.

      3. For those traveled via Penang, we will snorkeled around the platform area and the opposite island. For those traveling via Lgk, they will only snorkeled in the shores where they are baby sharks. However, via Penang, we will be ferried to the baby sharks shores in another boat while the LGK side cannot comes to our platform This was what the guide told us. Ahh....Penang eat buffets while LGK eat packed lunch. Anyway, the food tasted HORRIBLE.

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  2. Oh, I remember this island. Went there during our Langkawi trip many years ago, long before Chloe was born. I got bitten by a fish until my leg was bleeding! I find the marine life here so so only...not as nice as Redang or Tioman. But it's a good experience for the kids. I miss this kind of beach/sea trips...

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    1. Agreed! Tioman and Redang are both a paradise ! I love both islands.

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  3. I heard of this Island...so wonder it is from Penang or Langkawi eh?

    I'm sure your kids love the snorkerling activity.

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    1. U can reach this Island from both Langkawi (an hour plus ferry ride) and Penang (2 hrs ride).

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  4. It's a good experience for the kids. Wah 2 hours ferry ride is too long la. I heard of this island before but not sure what's in store there. Now I know. :)

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    1. Haha...I find the 2 hrs ride very long too.......

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  5. Lovely place! But I prefer the hills though - cool and peaceful, more relaxing.

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    1. Indeed, island trips normally ended up very tiring because of the swim in the sea. Worst, sun burnt.

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  6. wonderful holidays for the kids

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    1. The kids enjoying feeding the fishes.

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  7. That looked like a very fun holiday!!

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    1. Yes, it was fun.....but tiring as well. haha

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  8. wow, never been to Pulau Payar... so amazed they have the activity for fishes to swim around your legs...

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    1. yes....this platform was available since a long time ago...... but this is our 1st visit except for hubby. He came once with his uncle 10 over years ago.

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  9. I've never been to Pulau Payar. Wow! The water looks crystal clear!

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    1. Honestly, I prefer tioman. A very beautiful island

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