Langkawi Island is a perfect get-away for nature lovers looking for a true island experience. Langkawi is really a chain of about 100 islands, with each offering a portion of magical island beauty including unique rock formations, waterfalls, and the flora and fauna of Langkawi. The best time to plan your visit is October through June to avoid the monsoon season.
Most Popular Islands
The islands can be separated into three groups. The Southern Islands cater to tourists. The islands to the Northeast are more isolated, and the Geoforest parks are a favorite for visitors.
During the day you can go island hopping and even enjoy activities such as eagle-feeding tours, and at night return to your resort to relax or partake in the nightlife.
Those visiting Rebak Island, fly into Langkawi airport. A quick five minute drive to Port Langkasuka will hook you up with a 15 minute boat ride that delivers you to the jetty on Rebak Island.
Take a buggy, or just enjoy a short walk to the island’s resort which features luxurious accommodations. This destination is perfect for a romantic tropical seaside retreat.
The Geoforest Parks
The Geoforest parks are the most popular tourist Langkawi destinations. Geoforest parks include: Machinchang Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and The Geoforest Park Dayang Bunting Marble.
The Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park hosts the oldest geological formation in Malaysia and two gorgeous waterfalls you won’t want to miss. Guests can ride in a cable car above the forest canopy or take in the unique flora and fauna on foot.
The stunning limestone formation of the Kilim Geoforest Park towers over the Northeastern part of the island, and makes a perfect introduction to the scenic landscape you’ll find there. Enjoy the Kilim Nature Park and lush mangrove swamp as you explore all nature has to offer including wildlife like gigantic sea eagles.
The Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest is well known for its lake, the Tasik Dayang Bunting, which was formed when a mammoth limestone cave collapsed. Locals believe the water of the lake holds mystical powers that help barren women become pregnant.
This geoforest features opportunities for climbers, but it is only recommended for the physically fit. Even if you’re not into climbing, you’ll find plenty to do as you explore the large mangrove forest and visit the Cave of the Banshee. The cave is filled with many chambers and thousands of bats, and is recommended for experienced cavers.
While island hopping, you won’t want to miss Pulau Bumbon, an uninhabited island. The name Bumbon comes from small shrubs hunters use to hide when spying on prey. The island is shaped like the letter M and features two coves on the southern tip. This is one time you’ll be able to see how it feels to walk a secluded beach.
Not far from Palau Bumbon is another small island, Palau Tuba. This island has a small population and features a mangrove river. Riding a bicycle is the best way to take in the all the beauty this island has to offer.
Langkawi Island is both unique and beautiful. It offers duty-free shopping, and there’s so much to see and do in Langkawi, you’ll probably want to make another trip just to pick up where you left off.