Pulau Dayang Bunting
Nestled amidst lush forested hills on an island south of Pulau Langkawi is Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of The Pregnant Maiden), the largest lake in Langkawi. The outline of hills and rocky outcrops on one side of the lake resembles the shape of a pregnant maiden lying on her back. This picture shows thefreshwater lake separated from the sea only by a thin wall of limestone.
The name of both the island and the lake is attributed to the legend of a lovely fairy princess who married an earthly prince. Her first child died shortly after birth. She was so sad and depressed that she buried the child in the crystal clear waters of the lake. Before she returned to her celestial abode, she blessed the waters so that any childless maiden who bathed in the lake would conceive thereafter.
Pulau Singa Besar
Monkeys, deer, iguanas and peacocks roam about freely on Pulau Singa Besar, a wildlife sanctuary located southwest of Pulau Langkawi. Picnic on the pristine beaches and enjoy swimming in the surrounding waters.
To preserve the island's natural surroundings, no hotels or chalets have been built. Instead, camping is encouraged. However, visitors will have to bring along their own tents and camping equipment if they wish to spend the night on the island.
|| Island Cruises
Going on island cruises is a great way to relax and take in the breath-taking scenery of Langkawi as your boat weaves through the watery passageways between the islands.
A round trip, which takes about four hours, includes Pulau Dayang Bunting Pulau Beras Rasah and Pulau Singa Besar and costs between RM220.00 to RM360.00 per boat (seats 8 to 12 persons). Boats can be taken from Marble Beach and Pantai Cenang. Special itineraries with a barbecue meal, snorkelling or trips to other islands can also be arranged.
| Payar Marine Park
The Pulau Payar Marine Park is situated in the northern part of the Straits of Melaka, 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi and encompasses the islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang and Pulau Kaca which are surrounded by coral reefs. The marine park teems with a fascinating diversity of marine life and vegetation.
Many endangered species of fishes and marine organisms live within the sanctuary. Measuring 2km long and 1/4km wide, Pulau Payar is the most popular of the islands as its sheltered waters are ideal are for snorkelling, diving and swimming. Among the enchanting dive spots is the "Coral Garden", an area covered with bright, multi-hued soft corals.
There are several sandy beaches on Pulau Payar island for picnics as well as hiking trails for those who wish to explore the island. Just off the beach, one can indulge in the thrilling experience of feeding baby sharks. Facilities include gazebos, picnic tables, barbeque pits and restrooms at selected areas. There is also a Visitors' Centre that provides information about the marine park.
Visitors can get to Pulau Payar from the Kuah jetty point by catamaran or speed boat. The catamaran services operated by Langkawi Coral, takes about 45minutes to get to Pulau Payar while the speed boat takes an hour. It is advisable to book the catamaran service a day before the trip.
Enquiries can be made with any travel agent in Kuah or at the jetty point for those intending to travel by speed boat. Apart from the fare, a levy of RM5.00 for adults and RM2.50 for children is charged for entry to the marine park.
For further information on the catamaran service, contact the Langkawi Coral booking counter:
Places of Attractions
Air Hangat Village
Durian Perangin Waterfall
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Black Sand Beach
Craft Cultural Complex
Kampung Buku Malaysia
Underwater World Langkawi
Laman Padi Langkawi
Padang Mat Sirat
Taman Buaya Langkawi
Pulau Dayang Bunting
Pulau Singa Beasr
Pulau Beras Basah
Pulau Tanjung Dendang