Snorkeling with the Blacktip Reef shark at Pulau Payar, Malaysia

In the last week of my 3 months travel I went to Langkawi. I just wanted to enjoy some beachtime before heading back home and not seeing the beach and the sea again for a couple of months!

I found a nice resort called The Lanai, it has a great swimmingpool and is located near the beach. One of those days I booked a trip to go snorkling. They picked me up by a big bus. It was allready full of tourists and picking up some more along the way.

Snorkeling with the Blacktip Reef Shark – Pulau Payar

We were brought to the harbour. Over there I got a wristband to show I had paid for the ferry and the snorkel trip. There was also the ability to go diving. It was mass tourism, didn’t saw it like this on my trip untill now. We went on two different ferries and were off. It was an hour to Pulau Payar Marine Park.

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
I do like to make selfies 🙂
Well as a solo traveler….who else is going to make it?

Once there I saw a little bay and I think about 300+ tourists to go snorkling or diving. I really was dissapointed… the bay was so small that we would swim side to side…

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

Well… after getting my snorkel and looking around a bit I went into the sea. There wasn’t much else to do then to snorkel. No shop or restaurant, just the travelagency with a stash of drinks you can buy and our lunch… Well I did come to snorkel 🙂
I was one of the first tourists to go in. Immediately I saw many nice coloured fishes swimming around me. I was really surprised by that! They were just swimming in shallow water. I saw many different kinds of fish, really great!

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar – Malaysia

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

There was this little white fish that was attacking me. It bit me, and came after me! I think it has eggs or little fish to protect! It did hurt a bit, I couldn’t see right a way that it damaged my skin but the next day I could!
My fear of fish got a hold of me and I got out of the sea, making some pictures of the surroundings.

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
The group under the jetty is looking at a group of angelfish

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

After a half an hour the little bay was filled with the 300+ tourists! At first I thought all the fish would go back into the sea but still so many great coloured fishes were swimming near the shore. Unfortunately I haven’t got a picture of the moment the bay was filled with tourists… at that I was swimming too 🙂

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
All the pictures are taken of the jetty

At noon we got our lunch, it was rice with a bit of spicy bouillon, chicken, egg and a sausage. An apple and a bit of cake as desert. It was simple but good.

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

Some people were feeding the fish with rice. I heard some people talking this morning about sharks. They would be coming at lunchtime… I didn’t believe that but now I saw, to my surprise, that there were little sharks swimming in between the tourists!! Those were little blacktip reef sharks!

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
Feeding the fish with rice
Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

I took some pictures from the jetty, sharks really good visible. After that I went in again! In between those little sharks.. how strange! They were 50 till 75 cm long!  Really liked to see them that close to me!

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

At some point a guy asked me if I already saw the big grouper, I didn’t because of the biting fish this morning. He asked me to come with him, he worked at the agency of the trip, so I did. We went swimming, a bit deeper in the sea,  where some other fish were. I saw some sea urchins and angelfishes. And ofcourse the big grouper, those are ugly, with their big mouth 🙂

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
Grouper
Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
Sea Urchin

At some point I saw a bigger shark and another and some more!! These were bigger than the first ones I saw. These were at least 1 metre or longer, I thought it was exciting to see them so close.

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
Black tip reef shark

People started to throw food to them also. The were fighting for food with the small fishes, at that point they did got a bit too close. The guy I was swimming with said to me to go back to shallow water. He too thought it was getting to exciting. You’ll never  know and you don’t want to take any risks ofcourse.

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
Just swimming between the sharks, they don’t attack
Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia

In my last travel I took diving lessons and took some dives in Thailand and The Phillipines. But with this snorkel adventure I saw the  most fishes of all my dives!! Really enjoyed this trip even though it was a very touristic one…

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar - Malaysia
The sunset that evening on the beach at the Lanai!

Do you want to read more about my Malaysia Adventures?

3 Days in the Jungle of Kota Kinabatangan

Cookingclass at Pickles and Spices – Penang

Volunteering at Juara Turtle Project – Tioman Island

Hiking in the National Park on Pulau Penang

Or check my Malaysia Page

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