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Seven Wells Waterfall

Ecotourism in Langkawi 

Langkawi may hide behind its popular beach resorts, tax-free haven and party scene but there’s miles of stunning, unspoiled jungle and rainforest to explore, making it one of the most accessible ecotourism destinations in the world. In 2007, UNESCO listed Langkawi as a geopark, guaranteeing the conservation of many uninhabited parts. Ever since, this archipelago has thrived on ecotourism with thousands of visitors wowed by its natural beauty.

Wildlife diversity
Langkawi is the perfect destination to spot the most diverse creatures. The Mangrove Swamp Tour is one of the most popular activities on the island and a must for all nature lovers. Mangrove forests are home to a whole ecosystem of rich flora and fauna. The most common species of monkey on Langkawi is the macaque. Be careful, though! Beneath their adorable appearance they can be quite aggressive; hissing, spitting and trying to steal your food. Comparatively, dusky leaf monkeys are shy and more difficult to spot. You can recognise them for their white circles around their eyes and the colour of their newborn (yellow). The mangroves are also common place for squirrels, sea otters and many reptiles including snakes, crocodiles and mudskippers.

Dusk Leaf Monkey

Dusky Leaf Monkey

Beauty in the air
Langkawi is home to over 240 bird species. The most impressive and easiest to find are the eagles. Did you know Langkawi actually means reddish-brown eagle in the local language? The main place for feeding eagles is the Kilim River, north-east of the island. You can admire these creatures from the comfort of a boat tour along the river or while island hopping. Langkawi is also home to more than 500 types of butterfly. Take a Butterfly Discovery Tour and see how many you can spot? Local guides will also talk about the flying five: flying snakes, squirrels, lemurs, foxes and even monkeys. See and believe for yourself.

Langkawi Eagle

Native Langkawi Eagle

Geological treasure
Langkawi is not only rich in fauna but also geological diverse. Gunung Mat Cincang is probably Langkawi’s best-known mountain, aside from its neighbour Gunung Raya. At 850m high, it is the second highest mountain in Langkawi and is the oldest rock formation in Southeast Asia. If you have experience, you can hike to the peak with a refreshing stop at the Seven Wells Waterfall. If not, it’s advisable to take a guided tour to climb the mountain or maybe catch the famous Langkawi Cable Car. The views are stunning!
Langkawi’s limestone formations are also a popular visit on the island. The limestone hills are home to well-known caves like Gua Kelawar and Gua Cerita — home to ancient legends and mysterious inscriptions in Jawi language.

Langkawi Cable Car Gondola

Langkawi Cable Car

Surrounded by water
For a half-day or day tour, hop on a speed boat and cruise around Langkawi’s amazing islands and beaches. The second biggest island on the archipelago is Dayang Bunting, literally meaning pregnant maiden. The island has a fresh water lake surrounded by mystery and superstition. The legend says Prince Mat Teja fell in love with the celestial Princess Mambang Sari, who liked to bathe here. They got married and had a son, who sadly died. They left their son in the water to rest in peace. Since then, there is a strong belief among locals that barren women will be able to conceive after taking a dip in the lake.

Pulau Payar Marine Park is the best diving destination on the west coast of Malaysia. This uninhabited area consisting of four little islands is 30km from the coast of Langkawi. To get there you have to book a return boat journey. There is no accommodation on the island. Apart from the diverse marine life, Pulau Payar is a good place for wreck diving due to numerous capsized fishing boats which have created artificial reefs here.

Dayang Bunting Lake

Dayung Bunting Lake

For more information about the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark head to https://www.langkawigeopark.com.my/en/. Also visit http://naturallylangkawi.my/ for events, news and deals.

 

 

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Island hopping in Malaysia

Island hopping in Malaysia

Malaysia has some of a many pleasing beaches in a universe that are eminent for their scenic beauty, surrounding pleasant greenery, internal villages and of march scuba diving and snorkeling. So if white sands, blue waters and good food is your scene, here are 5 islands that will take your exhale away.

Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands in a Andaman Sea that are breathtakingly pleasing and captivate visitors from all over a universe to their white silt beaches and transparent waters. Some of a renouned beaches are Cenang, Tengah and Kok. Langkawi was also announced a World Geopark by UNESCO in 2007 interjection to a tolerable development. The categorical island is good grown and populated with good atmosphere connectors to Kuala Lumpur.

Langkawi competence be a beach end yet there’s also copiousness to do. The famed wire automobile float is roughly an essential partial of an channel and has a many implausible views of rainforest, a Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh) and a island swelling out below. Another renouned day outing is to sinecure a vessel and try a circuitously islands. Boat rides also offer eagle viewing, cavern explorations and snorkeling during Pulau Payar Marine Park. Both oppulance and bill accommodation is accessible on Langkawi creation it suitable for everyone. The other drawcard for visitors is a avocation giveaway shopping.

Beautiful Langkawi beaches. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Beautiful Langkawi beaches. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Sipadan Island on a easterly seashore of Sabah, Borneo is a diver’s paradise, yet as we are usually authorised on a island during a day many people find themselves praying a vessel will mangle down so they can spend some-more time on a pleasing island. If we have not left diving before this is a place to see for yourself what a fascinating universe is there next a sea! Chances are all else will dark in comparison thereafter though.

The series of dives authorised per day is singular to strengthen a coral reefs. Sightings of turtles, sharks and other colorful tiny fish are common including a jester fish finished renouned by a film Finding Nemo. The corals are pronounced to be a best in a universe and opposite diving sites including “Drop Off” that gives we a demeanour during an abyss in a sea floor. Sipadan is connected by vessel from Semporna (fly to Tawau afterwards train to Semporna).

Tioman Island is located in Pahang on a easterly cost of Peninsular Malaysia and once listed in Time Magazine as one of a world’s many pleasing islands – many would contend it is still true. Today people go to Pahang especially to do nothing, nonetheless there is indeed copiousness to do if we feel motivated.

There many hotels and chalets situated right off a beach mouth-watering a caller to kibbutz with inlet by sitting with a book, going for a travel or usually shower in a atmosphere. There’s also wildlife to suffer such as guard lizards that are ordinarily sighted on a island. You can also scuba dive, suffer a jungles and rainforests or revisit some of a many extraordinary beaches – Juara is deliberate a best beach and if we wish to see for yourself we can get there by renting a vessel or holding a  4WD. Tioman Island, like Langkawi, is also avocation free. The island can be reached by atmosphere or we can get a packet from Mersing on a mainland.

Panuba Bay, Tioman Island. Pic: Ferrazo, Wikimedia Commons.

Panuba Bay, Tioman Island. Pic: Ferrazo, Wikimedia Commons.

The Perhentian Islands are located in Terengganu and embody Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil that exaggerate white silt beaches filled with palm trees and blue waters. Scuba diving and snorkeling options are on palm and really renouned among visitors. Snorkeling is intensely pleasing and can be finished right off a beach interjection to a contentment of transparent transparent waters. There are jungle walks by a timberland joining a beaches, or we can take a H2O cab to pierce around. One can get to Perhentian Islands by vessel usually (fly to Khota Bharu).

Perhentian Islands. By Joanne Lane.

Perhentian Islands. By Joanne Lane.

Pulau Pangkor is an island tighten to Perek in north-west Peninsular Malaysia. Pangkor is famous for a white silt beaches and dual of a many renouned are Teluk Nipah and Coral Bay. Other than a beaches here there is a Dutch Fort value a revisit and dual temples on a island. Pangkor is renouned with a locals so it is good place to take a mangle from a unchanging traveller circuit. Pangkor Laut is an upscale review on this island during a scenic location, so if we are looking for oppulance this could be one option. You can strech Pangkor by atmosphere (to Ipoh) and ferry.

And if we suspicion this was all, there are many some-more islands like Penang, Layang-Layang, Redang, Rawa and many some-more watchful to be explored with their cold waters mouth-watering we to take a dip.

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