Black Sand Beach Langkawi

Langkawi Attractions

Black Sand Beach Langkawi, located four kilometres southwest of Tanjung Rhu Beach, offers memorable photo opportunities and a peaceful retreat from the island’s often crowded areas. A 20-minute drive from the Langkawi Cable Car, it’s a popular hangout spot among locals, especially during weekends and public holidays.

Despite its name, the beach is actually a mix of black and white sand, which some locals believe to be the result of a centuries-old curse laid by a mermaid because a fisherman had stolen her ring. Others claim that it’s soil from the rice paddy fields that were burned by farmers back in 1821.

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One of the main draws of Black Sand Beach Langkawi is an old wooden jetty that’s part of a traditional fishing village, where many fishing boats are moored in the afternoon. It’s a great spot for fishing and taking photographs of the neighbouring islets and mountains.

The main beach is mainly used for picnicking and sunbathing as the waters aren’t suitable for swimming. Travelling families can enjoy a playground at Black Sand Beach Langkawi, which is fitted with plenty of swings and slides. You can also find souvenir shops offering keychains, hats, and local handicrafts while the Langkawi Craft Complex is just a three-minute drive away.

Set between Datai Bay and Tanjung Rhu Beach, Black Sand Beach Langkawi is great for a quick bite before making your way to other prominent landmarks in Langkawi. Several food stalls are set along the beach, selling fruit juices, coconut water, sandwiches, ice-cream, and burgers at RM3 onwards.

Black Sand Beach Langkawi

  • Location: 4km southwest of Tanjung Rhu Beach
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