Joining a tour in Langkawi is one of the best ways to fully experience the island’s rich history and verdant sights. There are plenty tours for travellers who prefer to stay within the mainland, including full-day excursions to the Langkawi Cable Car, Oriental Village, Eagle Square, Crocodile Farm, and Underwater World Langkawi. Guided kayaking, jungle-trekking and canopy tours are available for adventure-seekers, where they can hike on steep mountainous paths, paddle along the tranquil Kilim River, and catch a glimpse of local wildlife. Langkawi tours also take guests on exciting cruises or boat rides to Langkawi’s pristine islets which are filled with colourful coral gardens, marine creatures and crystal clear waters. The nearby island of Pulau Payar offers fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities while the expansive beaches of Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Singa Besar and Pulau Beras Basah are ideal for sunbathing and relaxation as well as fun-filled activities such as jet skiing, parasailing and banana boat rides
Pulau Payar Marine Park is a popular site for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts keen on exploring Langkawi’s undersea action. Just 30km south of the main island, it is about 45 minutes away from the Kuah jetty point and you can take either a catamaran or a speedboat to get here. Comprising four islands, the largest of which is Pulau Payar, and three smaller isles (Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang) this marine park is spread over two nautical miles. None of these islands are inhabited and are strictly regulated by the Fisheries Department of Kedah to maintain their pristine condition.
Island Hopping is probably the most popular boat tour in Langkawi and also one of the cheapest ones. This is a standard tour that usually starts at 9.00 in the morning and lasts for 3.5 to 4 hours including hotel transfers.
Because of its popularity, this tour is offered by virtually all tour operators, travel stalls and hotels in the island. It covers three spots that includes wonderful scenic islands to the south of the main island of Langkawi and eagle feeding where you can watch the marvelous spectacle of many eagles swooping down from the sky to catch their prey on the water.
The two islands offer plenty of activities including swimming in scenic fresh water lake, paddle boating, snorkeling from soft sandy beach, lounging and sunbathing, or just relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery all around. The boat tours usually start from Teluk Baru Jetty located at the southern part of Pantai Tengah and before Resorts World or Star Cruise Jetty. So if you are staying at Pantai Tengah or Pantain Cenang areas, the tours would be very convenient.
There are large and small boats. The larger ones can accommodate some 20 persons and the smaller ones 8-10. The tour operators choose the boats according to the demand. During high tourist season, you may find hundreds of tourists waiting at the jetty for their boats. All the Island Hopping tours mostly begin around the same time. You should apply and carry enough sun block lotion to avoid sun burns and also carry bottles of drinking water.
Also known as the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, this 100 square kilometer area in Langkawi is a nature reserve and a collection of geo-sites full of amazing flora & fauna, and stunning geological formations like mammoth limestone rocks, fossils, caves, lagoons, beaches and seascapes.
The whole area is administered and protected by the Peninsular Malaysia Forestry Department. It is part of the larger Langkawi Geopark and one of the biggest hot spots of Eco tourism in the entire region.
The approach to the Kilim Geopark is through the Kilim river. You will need to take a tour on a motor boat that starts from the Kilim Jetty or the Tanjung Rhu bay area both located at the north eastern end of Langkawi. A guided boat tour would be ideal to appreciate all the attractions in Kilim Geopark. The Kilim Geopark area comprises of the river basins of Kilim, Kisap and Air Hangat along with several islands including Langgun and Tanjung Dendang.
So what do you get to experience? The boat ride will initially take you along the Kilim river with dense green mangroves (also known as wetland mangroves) on one side and gigantic limestone rocks on the other rising from the river bed. Some of these limestone rocks that look like mountains, have been formed some 500 million years back. The mangroves serve to protect the shoreline from the sea and prevent soil erosion by forming a barricade.