Langkawi is a great starting point for your sailing adventure, but before heading off to explore the neighboring islands make sure you don't miss some of the top spots on the island. Temurun Waterfall on the northwestern part of the island is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world and is at its most spectacular from June to December. Underwater World is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquariums in Asia featuring over 5,000 varieties of fish and other exhibits from 500 species displayed in over 100 tanks. Rice cultivation is the oldest industry in Malaysia with paddy fields visible everywhere on Langkawi. If you have ever wondered how paddy is cultivated, take a visit to the Rice Museum. (We know, but it is fun, trust us! ) The popular hot springs spot of Air Hangat Village include a three-tier hot spring fountain and an 18-metre long hand carved stone mural. Souvenir shops offer visitors a combination of spa and cultural experiences. Langkawi is also famous for its duty free shopping and its good quality and yet inexpensive handcrafts. Arts and culture lovers will appreciate a visit to the Batik Art Village and the Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation is a modern and fine arts museum worthy of international attention.
If you want to experience culture, take a ferry to Penang for an evening in historic Georgetown. Now that's something to see. As in most other Asian countries, the local food is spicy. However, being a melting pot of different cultures, you can easily find a wide variety of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine that abounds at almost every street corner. Penang is well known as the "food haven" for Malaysia and you can find many food stalls all over Malaysia with Penang this or Penang that. Yum.
Sitting just south of Langkawi is a group of four islands, Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Tuba, Pulau Singa Besar and Pulau Beras Basah. The islands offer impressive and unique landscapes, mangroves, and of course magnificent beaches with warm emerald waters.
Pulau Dayang Bunting - The Island of the Pregnant Maiden
Pulau Dayang Bunting is the second largest island in the archipelago and unique because of the freshwater lake nestled within its core. This is a great place for day-trippers to cool themselves in the clean, emerald waters where the local legend says that the magical powers of the water can help childless couples conceive. Many are there to see if that is indeed the case so don't say we didn't warn you.
Pulau Singa Besar - The lion Island
To the west of Pulau Dayang Bunting is Pulau Singa Besar. Converted into a wildlife sanctuary, walking round the island takes eight hours or so, but visitors may get a chance to see some of the local wildlife such as monitor lizards, macaques, deer and the timid mouse deer. With the high humidity and ancient fauna it is easy to imagine you are walking through forests where dinosaurs roamed over 60 million years ago. If you're a keen birdwatcher, bring a pair of binoculars and some patience and you won't regret it.
Pulau Tuba is the only other inhabited island in the archipelago. A traditional fishing village stands on the island and the locals have retained their old livelihood of fishing and processing catch. A lovely, but quiet stop.
Pulau Beras Basah - Wet Rice Island
This island is a favorite for those who like to do a spot of swimming and sunbathing, however please remember this is a Muslim country so don't go too skimpy on public beaches. The islands are open to all, but recognizing the local customs is an important aspect of travel. More than 90 islands and islets surround the main island of Langkawi, North West of the Malaysian coast. It's a unique paradise in the South East of Asia, having a geological history of more than 500 million years.
There are a couple of wonderful iteneraries to chose from here, but here is a classic that gives you a very good idea of the mix of seclusion and land adventure this destination has to offer. Please call or e-mail a Multihull Company charter professional to help you sort out just which trip suites your needs and desires.
Day 1: It is a good idea to come on board and get used to the yacht and the local landscape. We like to start at the
Telaga Marina, Northwest of the island. After the briefing, we encourage you to explore the island and offer you some guidance on local cuisine to try.
Day 2: Navigate toward the island Pulau Tepur / Pantai Cenang. Anchor in front of Monkey Beach, a very beautiful fine white sandy beach. During late afternoon, you can see monkeys coming down the surroundings hills to forage. The Pantai Cenang beach is the most popular one of Langkawi, so there are a lot of restaurants, shops, provisioning opportunities, as well as an Aquarium to see. The island is well worth exploring and offers sailors a very good feel for life here.
Day 3: Pantai Cenang, or Rebak island marina . A sailing day that ends in the marina and leaves you with plenty of time to explore on land.
Day 4: Cenang / Pulau Gabang Darat
Navigation and mooring in the channel of Pulau Gabang Darat with its circus-like atmosphere, surrounded by cliffs and mangroves. This is a lovely spot with a real jungle feel.
Day 5: Pulau Gabang Darat / Pulau Dayang Bunting
Take an excursion on the island to visit the “Pregnant Princess Lake”, the biggest fresh water lake in Langkawi in. It is an exceptional natural environment that is full of mysterious legends and tall tales. There you can swim and have a “cruise” on electric pedalo after having a nice walk in the natural reserve forest.
Day 6: Pulau Payar
Sail toward Pulau Payar Island, a heavenly sea reserve for snorkeling. Go snorkeling at Coral Garden, an enchantment of corals and multicolored fishes that will eat out of your hands. It is superb day that includes a great sandy beach for sun bathing.
Day 7: Pulau Payar / Kuah Town
Cross toward the capital of Langkawi for mooring. There it is possible to go shopping in the numerous duty-free shops of the city. Kuah Marina allows refilling water tanks.
Day 9: Kuah Town / Kilim Natural Park
As you sail into Kilm National Park you enter into another world, a billion years old, with 100 km of calcareous cliffs emerging above verdant mangroves. There it is possible to dine in the middle of a mangrove at local ”fish farm“ complete with extra fresh sea food on the menu.
Day 11: Kilim / Tanjung Rhu Beach
Navigate toward Tanjung Rhu Beach on North Cape of Langkawi. There are very beautiful beaches along the way edged with casuarinas. The navigation is beautiful with a great view of the surrounding islands and Thailand. The evening mooring is in front of Datai Hotel, a location frequented by the” jet set”. Enjoy the last swim of your adventure. Or the last night of dancing under the full moon.
Day 12: Back to Telaga marina. We sail back to the Telaga Marina on this last day and upon arrival prepare the yacht for your departure. We are sad, but hopeful we will see you again.
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