there are a couple of day trips to Pulau Payar ranging in price. We paid for the cheaper of the 2 options at 180 MR each. We were told to be ready at 8am sharp to be picked up. The bus arrived at 8am and since one couple were still having breakfast the bus waited until 820 for them to finish. We then had the hour and 15 minute trip to pick everyone else up from their hotels and then head to the jetty. Approx 945 we arrived at the jetty and waited for another 15 minutes for tour organisers to sort out who was on what boat. At 10am we where taken to our boats and boarded where we waited another 20 minutes until we left. At 12 middy we arrived ready to snorkel. (The program said we would be at the island by 1030am)
The snorkelling was ok, there was more marine life than I expected but there was a large patch of dead coral. The staff from the tour did not respect the marine life flicking cigarette butts into the water, nor did they seem to care what others did to the marine life. There were signs that stated do not feed the marine life but as people do they throw what ever they can into the water to see the schools of fish swim to feed on it. I was disgusted at one older lady from another culture who threw her pink dirty tissue into the water to see the fish swim after it thinking it was food. Her reaction was to laugh it off. Other patrons left their mess on the picnic tables including plastic bottles and cups which would eventually end up in the water.
By 230pm the boat was due to leave but since some people do not listen to the guides we didn't leave until 3pm then the hour and a half journey back to the jetty in the boat again was another display of humans at their worst - dropping rubbish for others to pick up including dirty nappies. Once arrived back at the jetty we all hop on our buses to go home only the bus for our hotel was not there yet. Finally it arrived and we were dropped off first by 6pm - which was stated at 4pm.
Food was pre packed by the company - it was ok. Smart easy and quick idea for the staff to look after. The bathroom smelt and the water from them looked like it ran right into where you enter the water to swim.
Overall the 2.5 hours of snorkelling was good but the 7.5hours waiting and travelling time was a joke. From the way some people treat the reef it won't be around much longer. Rather disappointing and long day trip.
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