Langkawi isnít just one big island, it is an archipelago of around 100 islands and While most are uninhabited, a few have been designated for tourism so that visitors from all over the world can admire and appreciate the beauty of Langkawi. There are many island tours available.
Pulau Payar Marine Park
A collection of four islands about 35 km south of Langkawi, the waters around the marine park is a dazzling display of corals and aquatic species such as moray eels, rock groupers, black-tip sharks and clown fish. The island is a fantastic place for diving or snorkeling. Land-lubbers who donít want to set foot in the water can ride in boats with transparent fiberglass bottoms to watch the life below.
The forests on the island are ripe for exploration while the beaches are perfect for picnics and sun-bathing. The island is only accessible by speedboats.
This is a private island owned by the Rebak Marina Resort. The hotel authorities have built their marina while maintaining the islandís natural splendour, preserving the environment and offering eco-tourism activities such as marine park tours and trips into the jungle.
Pulau Tuba is a remote island that is home to a group of traditional fishermen. Though it is relatively undeveloped, there is a sole resort and home stay programmes among the fishermen. The island is a great place to do bird-watching and jungle-trekking.
Pulau Dayang Bunting
Its name translates to ĎIsle of the Pregnant Maidení, and is the second largest island of Langkawi. Draped in verdant rainforest, the flora and fauna found here is amazing. A large lake on the island is believed to have magical properties; the water grants barren women fertility, hence its name. The water is also great for swimming. A cave called Gua Langsir sits here, home to thousands of bats.
Pulau Singa Besar
This lion of an island may lack the size but it certainly makes up in heart. Contrary to its name which means ĎBig Lioní, the island is not home to the great cats. Instead it is a wildlife sanctuary for monkeys, deer, snakes, lizards and birds. The island is also rich in unique rock formations and mangrove plants.
The island is only ten minutes from the Kuah jetty; its beaches are pleasant and peaceful. Those who seek a truly secluded place should come here.