5 Must-See Islands in Langkawi

Most Popular Langkawi Islets

The islands around Langkawi appeal to all kinds of nature lovers thanks to verdant jungles, limestone formations and caves, as well as unique wildlife roaming freely. A prominent holiday destination on Malaysia’s west coast, Langkawi has a total of 99 islets and, while most remain uninhabited, there’s a select few that have been transformed into excellent scuba diving sites, protected marine parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and luxurious resorts.
The most popular method of visiting these islets is via an island-hopping tour, which stops at three prominent spots and inclusive of hotel transfers, tour guide, and meals. Private jet-ski tours and speedboat rentals are also available for travellers who prefer exploring Langkawi according to their own pace. Not to be skipped on any first-time visitor’s travel itinerary, read on for our list of the most popular Langkawi islets.

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    Pulau Payar Marine Park is a popular site for snorkelling and scuba-diving enthusiasts keen on exploring Langkawi’s colourful marine life. One of its main draws is its Coral Garden, a secluded section that’s home to a well-protected coral system and various sea creatures. Needless to say, fishing is strictly prohibited and permission from the authorities is required before venturing into the waters. Set 30km south of Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park is about 45 minutes away from the Kuah Jetty, with Langkawi Coral as its official tour operator. Priced at RM295 for adults and RM195 for children, this half-day snorkelling excursion is inclusive of hotel transfers, lunch, and the use of its reef-viewing platform. Read More...

    • Location: 30km south of Langkawi
    • Price Range: RM295 for adults, RM195 for children below 12
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    Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi’s second largest uninhabited island, resembles the silhouette of a reclined pregnant lady from afar. Literally translated as ‘Isle of the Pregnant Maiden’, locals believe barren women will become fertile after swimming in the freshwater lake on the island. After a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty, the lake is reachable after a 15-minute hike via a concrete stairway built through a dense rainforest. Surrounded by mangrove trees and a limestone formation, the freshwater lake is great for swimming and lounging on the rubber platforms. There’s also a small shop nearby selling drinks, snacks, and souvenirs as well as paddleboats and life jacket rentals. Read More...

    • 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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    Pulau Beras Basah boasts expansive sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and clear blue waters against a verdant mountain backdrop. The waters are shallow enough for children to swim in while banana boats, parasails and jet-ski rentals are available at RM100 onwards. Despite its popularity amongst tourists, Pulau Beras Basah remains mostly underdeveloped save for several washrooms and rustic-looking stalls selling drinks and snacks. Located 25 kilometres southwest of Kuah, the best way to visit Pulau Beras Basah is via an island-hopping tour, which also charters visitors to Pulau Singa Besar, Pulau Dayang Bunting, and Pulau Singa Besar. Read More...

    • Location: 25km southwest of Kuah
    • Price Range: RM80 – RM100 for half day island-hopping tour, RM600 – RM900 for private speedboat
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    Pulau Singa Besar is a massive wildlife sanctuary, where you can find plenty eagles, monkeys, mousedeer, hornbills, snakes, monitor lizards and peacocks roaming freely on the island. Despite its name (Giant Lion Island), lions are nowhere to be found on this island. Pulau Singa Besar’s expansive beaches are great for swimming and picnicking while its lush forest is suitable for jungle-trekking and overnight camping while the, though permission from local authorities is required for the latter. Located 17km southwest of Kuah Jetty, visitors on an island-hopping tour may not be able to explore the island, but they can witness an exciting eagle-feeding session. Read More...

    • Location: 17km southwest of Kuah
    • Price Range: RM80 – RM100 for half day island-hopping tour, RM600 – RM900 for private speedboat
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    Rebak Island is a secluded islet off Langkawi which houses the luxurious Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, where affluent travellers can enjoy an incredibly romantic and exclusive holiday in Langkawi. To keep guests busy, the resort has numerous facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, health club, full-service spa, and arcade room. As with most Langkawi islets, expect plenty of natural rock formations, lush jungle, picturesque waterfalls, limestone caves, and secluded beaches on the island. Rebak Island also hosts Malaysia’s only fully-equipped marina, where guests can travel to the main island via a 15-minute luxury ferry ride. Read More...

    • Location: 2km west of Pantai Cenang
    • Price Range: Complimentary ferry for resort guests
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