Diving in Pulau Payar, Langkawi
Among all the tourism islands in Malaysia, you will be surprised that Langkawi which is known as the largest island in Malaysia has one of the poorest market in scuba diving. The next is Pangkor Island. There were once they have a lot of diving centers competing which each other but right now only left two dive centers which are the Langkawi Coral and East Marine. When I asked the local dive master about the reason for the scuba diving in Langkawi can be shrunken to this level, he is a locally born boy said that one of the reason is too many activities in Langkawi and tourists tend to attracted to other activities instead of scuba diving because mostly tour agent will rarely promote scuba diving activity unless the tourists themselves are avid divers. I somehow do not really agree with this reason because I have been to Koh Samui at Thailand which is a large island like Langkawi and having their own airport too but their diving is still one of the hottest activities despite of other variety of activities. Same goes to Boracay at Philippines.
The other reason is they need to travel 30km which is an hour boat ride to Pulau Payar. The cost is too high and they even have to make the trip with only 2 divers on the boat. They can't charge too high either because that will scare potential divers away to travel to other island instead. That's why not many dive centers able to survive with such a high cost. I have to agree on this reason instead because not just the dive center unwillingly to travel so far and even the divers too. They probably wasted one whole day trip just for diving at Pulau Payar for only 2 dives.
However, my next curious question was left unanswered which is why there is no dive spots in the Langkawi island itself? Anyone knows?
|Even though, it was disappointing but you will tend to see larger size fish such as this Trevely. It was so big and it swam right through us. Really amazing.|
|4 large groupers can be seen hidden under the rocky corals. I rarely see so many groupers in my single dive. It was truly amazing when I can go up close and personal with them.|
|Strong current can waste a lot of oxygen and also you cannot travel as freely as you can. Most dive master would recommend you to swim along with current to save more oxygen. For some experts would prefer to swim against the current.|
|Anyway, what is the best thing about the current is you get to see a school of fishes stale at one place fighting to swim against the current.|
|Batfish is big here too! This is one of the largest batfish I have seen so far in all my dive.|
|This fish is a little special than a usual one because it does not swim away from human. It will still evade our attempt to touch it but it just swam back to us after that as if it was teasing us.|
|Despite the visibility and the current, the dives are still good too. I do hope something that they can do about their prices and also a choices of dive sites for us to choose to dive instead of throwing us to a similar dive site every day.|
Recommended?: At least once will do.
Freakout Level: 4/5