Langkawi Island Hopping
One of the favourite activities of beach lovers when they visit Langkawi is to join a Langkawi Island Hopping Tour. There are many tour operators who offer this service all over the island so you don’t have to worry about booking one before you arrive. The tour typically lasts for approximately 4 hours and the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning to begin the island hopping. You and your group will be transported to the jetty to board one of the boats there and your trip around the islands begins. The usual routes for the island hopping Langkawi package is to Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Singa Besar and Pulau Beras Basah in that particular order or in reverse, depending on the tour operator. Do remember to protect yourself from the strong sun rays and bring along your sunblock for reapplication after you have been in the water.
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Pulau Dayang Bunting
This is one of Langkawi’s most famous freshwater lakes, which is surrounded by mountains and lush forests, truly a nature lover’s paradise. In addition, the island has been declared to be part of UNESCO World Heritage Geoparks and is complete with massive limestone structures. Come prepared for a short trek of about 10 minutes up a flight of stairs to reach the beautiful lake. Your tour guide will usually mention that you have approximately 1 hour to explore the island and bask in the gorgeous surroundings before moving on to the next location. Langkawi’s places are often named after a particular legend or myth and this little island is no exception. Its name literally means Island of the Pregnant Maiden and this is because when you view the mountains from the lake, you can see an outline of a pregnant maiden lying on her back. Legend also has it that if a girl drinks from the freshwater lake, she will get pregnant soon after that.
Other than going for a refreshing dip in the lake, there are several other activities to fully utilize your time on this island. If you don’t fancy getting wet, you can explore the lake by renting a solar paddle boat and paddling all around the lake. Dip your feet into the catfish spa there and get baby soft feet as the catfish helps you to get rid of the dead skin around the soles of your feet. Once done, venture into the forest for a peek of the Miracle Border, the slim boundary made of rocks that separates the sea from the lake. Above all, keep track of the time and make sure you allocate ample time for the hike back to where your tour boat is docked, ready and waiting to take you to your next destination.
Pulau Singa Besar
The island’s name is translated literally to Island of the Big Lions but don’t go mistaking that there are actual lions here. The name is more of a reference for the shape of the island. Langkawi is famed for its iconic eagles, as symbolized by one of the tourist attractions in town, Dataran Lang, also known as Eagle Square. No trip to Langkawi would be complete without watching these majestic creatures in action and this is where Pulau Singa Besar comes in. When your boat comes in the vicinity of the island, the boatman will cut the engine and you will be in the boat to view the marvellous sight of the Eagle Feeding show. The best time to come here is during the morning, where over 300 regal eagles can be seen circling in the sky and occasionally diving from the sky to capture its prey in the waters. Eagle Feeding is included as a part of the Langkawi Island Hopping tour package so the tour guide will have some bait for the eagles, usually in the form of chicken parts. They will toss the pieces in the water to entice the eagles and for the next 20 minutes, watch in awe as these grand birds swoop down and grab the food before flying off into the safety of the sky.
Pulau Beras Basah
Coming to this island could be your first or last stop, depending on the tour operator’s itinerary. On this island, you will be able try out many exciting beach activities. For example, there are several water sports to be had here, such as banana boats and jet skis if you want to get your adrenaline pumping. If not, you can rent snorkelling gear and spend some time discovering the exotic sea life that lies beneath the waters. There are many facilities here as well, where you can purchase food and drinks, even beer. Take a break under the shade of the gently waving trees and feel the balmy sea breeze if all you want to do is just to relax. Drink in the breath-taking views of the sparkling ocean and the soft sands as you kick back in the shade.
The island’s name is translated literally to mean Island of wet rice, and they are well known for being a veritable tourist trap with its picturesque natural beauty but well worth the visit. Be careful of the mischievous monkeys on this island who will be eyeing your food or bags and make sure that it is secure from them. Do not provoke them and keep a good distance away from them especially if you have plastic bags as they will mistake those for food.