Pulau Payar (Payar Island) Marine Park consists of four islands, Pulau
Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Kaca and Pulau Segantang. Pulau Payar Marine
Park is located about 19 nm south of Pulau Langkawi, 32 nm north of
Penang and 15 nm west of Kuala Kedah. The islands were gazetted as a
marine park in 1994 under the Fisheries Act 1985 (Amended 1991).
Pulau Payar is the largest of the islands, with an area of 31.2
hectares and an approximate length of 1.75 km and about 500 meter wide.
It rises to 80-90 meters above sea level at the highest point. Coastline
of the island is about 3.35 km with very limited beach and flat land
with no freshwater sources. Four sandy beaches are found at eastern side
of the island. The entire length of its north-western coast is
predominantly rocky and characterized by steep cliffs and wave-cut
gullies. Two longest beaches (around 100 meter) are located in front of
marine park information centre and commercial tourist platform. The
entire island is covered with dense vegetation.
Pulau Kaca located at
the north-east of Pulau Payar. The island with an area of 1.8 hectares
is a conglomerate of rocky boulders with sparse vegetation. It attains a
height of approximately 10 m above sea level.
Pulau Lembu is situated to the east of Pulau Kaca and is about
0.75 nm northeast of Pulau Payar. It is 0.75 km long and has an area of
6.9 hectares. The entire island is covered with dense vegetation and
rises sharply from shore to a height of about 70 meters. There is one
small beach on the eastern side of the island.
Pulau Segantang is about 6.7 nm south-west of Pulau Payar and is
made up of two rocky outcrops which are joined together underwater. The
larger outcrop is approximately 200 m long and about 50 m wide, while
the smaller outcrop is approximately 50 m long and 40 m wide. Scattered
vegetation, mainly grass can be found on both outcrops.
The text above and the map on the right is from the
Department of Marine Park Malaysia website. For more info about
Pulau Payar see here.