So... What's Your Favorite
Of All Langkawi Islands?
Langkawi islands are well-known for its lush vegetation, fascinating waterfalls, stunning stalactites and stalagmites, limestone outcrops and mysterious caves. The crystal clear water around the islands provides a host of water sports and recreation, as well as a magical world of marine life.
Langkawi is made up of 99 islands (pulau) when the tide is high and 104 islands when the tide is low. The largest of which is Pulau Langkawi measuring about 478.5 sq.km., while some of the others appear to be mere dots in the blue ocean when you view them from the air.
The followings are some of the most famous Langkawi islands and often visited by tourists, both local and international.
Pulau Payar is one of the most beautiful of all Langkawi islands. This lovely island lies to the south of Langkawi and can be reached within an hour by speed boat.
Pulau Payar boasts some of the finest marine life, including the horse-eyed jack, moray eel, clown fish, 2 meter long groupers, black-tipped reef shark and black-spotted puffer. Pulau Payar also has the largest number of coral species in Malaysia, among them the Tubastrea micrantha and the semi-precious Antipathies.
Pulau Payar Marine Park comprises of four uninhabited islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Kaca and Pulau Segantang. This marine park is famous as the best diving site on Peninsular Malaysia's west coast. At Pulau Payar, the largest of the four, you will find the Marine Park Centre, which was set up and operated by the Fisheries Department. Here, you can find some useful information on the do's and don'ts while visiting the island.
If you are not into water activities, you can check out the two hiking trails that have been constructed that enable you to explore and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and beyond. You can also find gazebos, picnic tables, BBQ pits and restroom facilities. Picnics and camping are allowed but cutting of trees and open burning are strictly prohibited.
Just a short distance away from the jetty is a pontoon, with facilities for easy access to the reef below. The Langkawi Coral Pontoon is moored very near the island where you can find scuba and snorkeling equipment for hire. If you'd prefer to explore the underwater world without getting wet - there is an underwater observatory.
Pulau Payar also have an additional attraction - artificial reefs built from tyres, concrete blocks and old boats, which over the years developed into mature reefs that are teeming with marine life.
How to get there:
You can go to Pulau Payar by taking speed boat or catamaran from Kuah Jetty in Langkawi.The journey takes about 45 minutes.
You can find many tour companies offering trips to Pulau Payar and most trips depart early morning at 8.30am and return at 4.00pm. Fare per trip varies from RM130.00 to RM280.00 per adult inclusive refreshment.
Pulau Dayang Bunting is also famous for it's mangrove swamps, lush rainforests and wildlifes. You can find over 90 species of birds including the hornbill, kingfisher, drongo, woodpecker and kite.
No one knows why this Langkawi island is called "Island of the Big Lion" - the island does not has any physical resemblance of a lion at all. Limestone outcrops are prominent on the north eastern part of the island.
Pulau Singa Besar is located about 17km from Kuah, nestled between the smaller island of Pulau Beras Basah to the west and Pulau Dayang Bunting to the east. The sedimentary rocks on this island are reputed to be among the oldest in Malaysia going back 500 million years. The flora and fauna here differ greatly form that on the mainland, with lush abundance of the Diptherocarp, kelubi and cycas.
This island is a wildlife sanctuary where you can find lizards, mouse deer, macaques, eagles and hornbills roam freely. Wooden walkways and paths have been delineated on the islands shores for for you to trek around the island which normally takes about 8 hours.
You can have a picnic on the pristine beaches and enjoy swimming in the surrounding waters. There are no hotels or chalets on this island but you are allowed to camp here. However, you'll have to bring along your own tents and camping equipment if you wish to spend the night on the Big Lion of Langkawi islands.
Pulau Tuba is the only inhabited island besides the main island of Langkawi itself. This Langkawi island gets its name from the tuba roots. It is the only other island that offers accommodation and there are a few places to stay. If we're not mistaken, there is a resort there called Sunrise Beach Resort. We recommend you to try Tok Janggut's chalet on Pulau Tuba. The owner of the chalet charges RM30 per person and that includes 3 meals a day plus accommodation.
There are 30 houses registered under this program and all of the household head works as a fishermen. Apart from fishing they do some farming, raring animals like chicken/cows/water buffalo/goats and mend their orchard. Occasionally the islanders go into the jungle to collect forest product including herbs, medicinal roots, honey bees and wild fruits. The woman folks weave pandan mat and making other handicraft products to supplement their family income.
How to get there? You can hire a boat from the Kuah jetty which will costs RM30 per way.
Pulau Rebak Kechil is located midway between Pantai Cenang and Pulau Rebak Besar and is very popular with day trippers. The forested beach is sandy for the most part and gets more rocky towards the northern end.
If you'd like to stay overnight, you can rent the chalets available on the island.
Pulau Rebak Besar - Rebak Besar Island
There are organised trips to the 3 island of Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Singa Besar and Pulau Beras Basah. Just make your own way to Pantai Cenang and there are boats ready to take you there. The boats leave at 9.00am and at 2.30pm and the entire trip takes 3 hours. The cost is RM35 per person and you have to bring your own snacks and water.
You can also book the trip to these 3 Langkawi islands at your resort. However, the trip will cost you more as they includes the transfer to and from the resort.
Pulau Intan Besar is an island modern-day Robinson Crusoes would love to disappear to. This forest-clad and uninhabited island is stunningly beautiful. You can find massive ancient trees covering the central part of the island, while coconut palms line the beaches.
Pulau Intan Kechil - Intan Kechil Island
Pulau Intan Kechil is also uninhabited, with a pristine white sandy beach and translucent waters to lure visitors. It is great to spend a day at this lovely island.
Pulau Tiloi is also known as Pulau Bunga (Island of Flowers). This Langkawi island brings the beauty of tropical flowers through a project managed by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), transforming the island into a floral paradise. There are gardens shaded by lofty trees displaying their scents and kaleidoscope of colors.
Ten minutes from the Kuah jetty lies yet another island, Pulau Bumbon. There are some pleasant beaches there and you can get to Pulau Bumbon by booking yourself a day trip at the price RM 25. A pleasant enough place to spend a few hours of peace and quiet on a deserted island.
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