Firstly, Once your boat docks at the jetty of Pulau Payar Marine Park, there is an wooden walkway (a narrow boardwalk) that leads to the beach area. There are four small beaches in Pulau Payar. The best is the one to the left. From any of the beaches, you can swim or snorkel.
The water here is calm, sheltered and shallow. The usual water visibility is between 30-50 meters. However, sometimes in the morning the water may become a little murky. There are plenty of harmless sharks (black-tipped) in the waters here.
Even when you snorkel from the beaches and go about 20 meters into the open sea, you can sea baby Black Tipped Sharks. Don’t get scared, they never do any harm and shy away when they notice a human being close by. Take an underwater camera so that you can prove to others that you actually swam with the sharks that big.
There are of course many other different kinds of fish that you can see in the waters here including parrot fish, angel fish, dameselfish, the rare rabbitfish, butterflyfish, anemonefish etc. One of the best places to snorkel is under the bridge (jetty) where you can see the maximum number of fish and marine life. This is where you can meet the resident Mr Mustaffa, the giant Barracuda.
Other than swimming and snorkeling from the beach, you can also hand feed baby sharks from a section on the bridge. The authorities don’t let you hand feed them from the beach itself because you don’t want to after all touch them. They may look cute but do have real teeth. Around noon time, representatives from the Marine Park Administration initiate shark feeding session when you can see them real close from the shore and also participate in feeding.