Water sports in every form are at their best in Langkawi. The coral reefs that fringe many of the islands are a haven for jewel-like fish and stately turtles, drawing snorkelers and scuba-divers from the world over.
Calm seas and ceaseless sunshine make kayaking and sailing popular here too. And after a long day, Langkawi transforms into a romantic paradise of beachfront bars and starlit seafood restaurants.
Take a ride on the SkyCab and glide over the spectacular Machincang mountain range. Watch in awe as you fly over the incredibly lush rainforest of Langkawi. Stop halfway for viewing platforms that soar 650 metres above sea level, or continue to the top station for impressive views from the peak of Gunung Machincang. The dramatic landscapes will feature soaring peaks, verdant valleys, isolated pinnacles, picturesque islands and more. Just make sure you don’t forget your camera!
For the best snorkelling Langkawi has to offer, head over to the Pulau Payar Marine Park. Located 30 kilometres south-east of Langkawi, the park itself is home to four smaller islands that provide ample opportunity for diving and snorkelling. The emerald waters will expose all kinds of sea creatures including very large fish and beautiful collections of coral. For those who would rather stay dry, there’s a large floating platform off of Pulau Payar that houses an underwater observation chamber – perfect for viewing the vast marine life that surrounds the reef.
Malaysia’s largest aquarium, Underwater World can be found at the southern end of Pantai Cenang. The six acre park features a giant 15 metre walk through tunnel and a special penguin exhibit with an underwater viewing area. Expect to see a wide variety of marine animals, from fish, stingrays and sharks to sea horses, crabs and jelly fish. The playful fur seals are sure to be a favourite. In addition to the many sea creatures, you can also view a variety of exotic birds in the tropical rainforest exhibit and reptiles too.
Nature enthusiasts will enjoy an afternoon at the stunning Telaga Tujuh (seven wells) waterfalls. One of the island’s most beautiful attractions, the water cascades down into seven natural pools in Mount Machincang. Bring along your swimwear as bathing in the cool waters is a popular pastime. The brave can embark on a journey to the top of the waterfall for impressive views across the island but be prepared - it is quite the hike. As you trek through the rainforest, keep an eye out for attractive birdlife including the elusive hornbill.
Spend time exploring the gorgeous surrounds of the Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. The island’s natural beauty comes to life in various forms including vertical limestone cliffs, hidden caves, sea arches and tower karsts. One of the region’s biggest attractions is Tasik Dayang Bunting, an expansive deep freshwater lake. Rent a paddle boat and enjoy a few hours out on the turquoise waters. Tours from Langkawi will regularly visit the park.