Island-hopping in Langkawi is arguably the most popular activity on the islands and no surprise as it offers visitors an opportunity to explore some of Langkawi’s stunning islets. Priced from RM80 upwards, tours are available all year long (weather permitting) and typically last for about four hours, starting with a hotel pickup at 09:00. Boats depart from Teluk Baru Jetty, which is located at the southern part of Pantai Tengah. If your hotel is located in Pantai Cenang or Pantai Tengah, it’s very likely that you’ll be the last to board the van to the jetty.
As you’ll be outdoors throughout the entire island-hopping tour in Langkawi, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. While water is provided by many tour operators, we highly recommend bringing your own beverages, bottled water, and snacks to be on the safe side. Some islands have retail outlets selling refreshments, but prices are normally much higher than on the main island.
Make sure you carry sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself against the scorching sun. Swimwear and a change of clothes made from breathable material are highly recommended.
Most island-hopping tours in Langkawi make their first stop at Pulau Dayang Bunting, which resembles the silhouette of a reclined pregnant lady from afar. After a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty, the lake is reachable in a 15-minute hike via a concrete stairway built through a dense rainforest. Surrounded by mangrove trees and a limestone rock formations, you can swim in the lake or lounge on the many rubber platforms.
There’s also a small shop nearby selling drinks, snacks, and souvenirs, as well as offering paddleboats and life jacket rentals. Tickets to Tasik Dayang Bunting aren’t usually included in the package, so you are required to pay an additional fee of RM6 (RM3 for Malaysians).
After about an hour, you’ll be taken to visit Pulau Beras Basah, another pristine Langkawi beach with clear waters and far-reaching views of the sea where you can relax and soak up the sun and sea after a day spent trekking up to the Pregnant Maiden Lake. Its expansive beaches are great for swimming and picnicking while its lush forest is suitable for jungle-trekking and overnight camping, but the latter isn’t included in the itineraries of standard island-hopping tours.
The island-hopping tour ends with a quick stop at Pulau Singa Besar, a wildlife sanctuary that’s home to eagles, monkeys, mousedeer, hornbills, snakes, monitor lizards, and peacocks. Located 17km southwest of Kuah Jetty, you may not be able to explore the island, but you can watch an exciting eagle-feeding session by your tour guide. Observe as they dive to catch their prey, chicken bits that the boat driver has thrown into the water, with deadly precision – it’s a great photo and video opportunity.