Pulau Dayang Bunting Island

Islands around Langkawi

Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi’s second largest uninhabited island, is easily accessible via a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty. Its name literally translates to ‘Isle of the Pregnant Maiden’ as it resembles the silhouette of a reclined pregnant lady from afar. Locals also believe barren women will become fertile after swimming in the freshwater lake on the island. Once you’ve reached the jetty, it’s a 15-minute hike to the lake via a concrete stairway through the dense forest.
Surrounded by mangrove trees and a limestone formation, the freshwater lake is great for swimming while a small shop nearby offers drinks, snacks, and souvenirs as well as paddleboats and life jacket rentals. While the lake is fitted with several wooden decks, it has an average depth of 10 meters without any shallow area so life jackets are highly recommended for children and swimming novices.

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Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a few hours of jungle-trekking at Pulau Dayang Bunting, where they can explore numerous limestone caves and spot unique wildlife such as hornbills, kingfishers, monitor lizards, and monkeys. Home to thousands of bats, a cave called Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee) is worth an expedition for skilled climbers as the incline to the cave entrance is quite challenging.

Pulau Dayang Bunting is included in every Langkawi island-hopping tour, but adventurous travellers can opt for the private tour via jet-skis where they can explore island for up to four hours.

Pulau Dayang Bunting Island

  • Location: 20km southwest of Kuah
  • Price Range: RM80 – RM100 for half day island-hopping tour, RM650 – RM1200 for jet-ski tour
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