Although these 2 attractions are put together in one post, we did them on 2 different days. The agropark is located on Langkawi island itself while Pulau Payar is an hour's boat ride offshore.
Out of the Blue - Pulau Payar Day Trip
While the coasts of Langkawi offer smooth beaches and clean waters, to really appreciate the transparent quality of the Andaman Sea, nothing beats a visit to the virgin sand and surf of its surrounding islands.
Tour operators offer day trips to a couple of the islands but the most popular and perhaps best developed for tourism would be Pulau Payar.
|We took the Pulau Payar day trip with East Marine Holidays. Address : Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Jalan Dato Syed Omar, 07000 Langkawi. Tel : 604 9663966, 604 9665805.|
The package includes snorkel gear, life jacket and lunch, which in my opinion, was pretty yummy. Loved the pieces of fried chicken breast meat and the olive oil with herb penne. A taste of Italian in the tropics.
Click here to visit East Marine Hoildays website for info and bookings.
|Located at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club which is near Kuah Town, East Marine has the advantage of offering a nice cafe by the marina to host guests while waiting for departure.|
|The boat is a mid-size double-decked vessel with air-conditioning and we can go on the upper open deck. Germaine was all cocooned up to recharge while Hasni painted the open blue with a dash of cheerful fuschia.|
|Tinkerbell does her rendition of the Langkawi eagle.|
|18 Sep 2011, 10:30am... Gorgeous blue sky. It's a pity that didn't last for we were pelted by quite a storm at around 1:30pm.|
|Shaped like a first trimester dog fetus, Pulau Payar is Malaysia's first and oldest marine park with teeming fish life very close to shore.|
|Love the glass clear aquamarine waters! It's like walking on a liquid sheet of emeralds.|
|It was low tide when we arrived so I was able to go down to the rocky shoreline for this shot. When the tide comes in, this area will be flooded.|
|What's she doing behind my Zuji.com beach bag?! I don't blame her coz the bag designed by Singapore's hippest pop art designer, Soh Ee Shaun is just so delectably stylish!|
|These hot babes made my camera extremely happy! Left to right : Ivy, Stephanie, Germaine and Joanne. Singapore's very own 四美 (four beauties) on Payar beach... *sizzle*|
|To both sides of the beach are planked alleys for taking a leisurely stroll and drinking in the islandic allure.|
|Saw many rocks hand-carved by nature. I wonder how this piece got a sunken valley and design like that.|
|Lots of crabs scurrying on the rocky surfaces. First time I saw live crabs in the wild with such intricate shell markings and colours. Sangat cantik!|
|Baby Black Tip Sharks can be easily spotted circling Pulau Payar's coastal waters. A Korean lady tried to feed them a month ago prior to our visit and lost her thumb.|
Unforgettable too was snorkelling in the open seas off Pulau Payar and saw a massive puffer fish, colonies of neon blue soft corals, a giant rock garoupa that I almost missed because it was so well camouflaged, and a pair of big conch shells in their natural habitat.
It was a pity that the sky grew grey during our snorkel escapade and visibility was poor. We were caught in the storm and the sea got really choppy so it was rather unnerving to be floating in the middle of nowhere for 45 minutes. And it was so, so cold when we boarded the diving boat which was more of a floating platform with a propellor!
Despite the stormy weather at the later half of our day trip, or maybe beause of it, Pulau Payar has offered me a snorkelling experience quite different from previous islandic tours I've gone on. Plus the East Marine staff were friendly and attentive, and that made my exploration truly fabuloustica!
Into the Green - Agropark Forest Adventure
Getting out of the Pulau Payar blue, now let's go orh yee orh at Agropark Adventure Camp within Mardi Langkawi Agrotechnology Park. This adventure is definitely not for the faint hearted!
|Address : Jalan Padang Goang, Lubuk Semilang, 07000 Langkawi. Tel : 604 9532550, 604 9532551. Opening hours : 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays).|
As our only objective here was to experience the adventure course, we did not get a chance to browse the well-kept agropark which looked rather nice. Click here to find out more about the park.
|This deer is such a dear for being such a cooperative photographic subject.|
|After a safety briefing, our high strung adventure over the forest's canopy awaits!|
The forest adventure comprises 4 challenging courses - climbing up a Burma Bridge, crossing a thin strip of zig-zag plank, traversing on a tight rope known as the Postman's Walk, and zipping through the forest as a Flying Fox!
Be prepared to sweat. A lot.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your treetop rendezvous and remember to wear insect repellent or better yet, come all covered up to avoid beoming a mozzies' restaurant...
|The Burma Bridge is a nylon net that connects the forest floor to a platform 10m above ground. This is the least difficult of all the courses and the trick is to keep your body upright at 90 degrees to make the climb easy.|
|Next course is the Crazy Stepped Ladder. The name is very apt. One must be crazy to cross this skinny strip of wood that's smaller than the width of the foot!|
|Tips to clear this challenge : 1) Stop legs from trembling. 2) Stop hands from shivering. 3) Pray.|
|Best Flying Fox pose goes to Joanne who also went on the course a second time. I'm in the company of many steel magnolias on this trip.|
But of course, I was very far mistaken. It totally was a blast!