Malaysia’s most popular tourist destination is Langkawi, off its northwestern district of Kedah. Tourists from all over the world (but especially Europe) come here for all sorts of reasons. A few come to take part in the local festivals, some to hike and trek the mythical Langkawi landscape, while others to play golf. But since Langkawi is an archipelago with tons of amazing beaches, snorkeling and other water sports in Langkawi are still the top tourism agenda.
The Langkawi archipelago has 99 islands but what really matters is the island of Langkawi, which is also the biggest and one of the only two islands with people. It was recently named “Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah” since it boasts of so many natural treasures. Its natural resources – beaches, fields, waterfalls, and so on – are world class, while its local culture is pleasantly intriguing. Langkawi is truly a scenic destination that all tourists, backpackers and adventure-lovers in the world must see.
Snorkeling in the islands is best done in Pulau Payar Marine Park. The coral gardens here are to die for. The park is made up of four spectacular islands, which are Pulau Payar, Pulau Kacam Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang. These emerald-green islands are littered across two nautical miles in the middle of the Andaman Sea. The waters are so inviting you can’t help but plunge right in even before your boats attempt to dock. Under the crystal-clear water you will see an array of colorful marine life such as candy-color coral gardens, reef fishes, shrimps and eels. There have also been sightings of baby black-tipped sharks. It is always sunny over these islands, which truly makes them the perfect spot for snorkeling.
Besides the coral gardens, these four islands are also blessed with white-sand beaches. A trip to these islands come complete with not just snorkeling but also scuba diving, swimming, wading or simply bumming around by the beach. A tour to the Pulau Payar Marine Park usually lasts for 7 long hours, enough time to enjoy all of Nature’s gifts. The tour package includes the mask, fins, life jackets, and transfers, but not food.
Other popular water sports in the island are jet skiing, kayaking and scuba diving. Jet skiing is always popular among beach fans. Here in Langkawi, jet-ski operators will require you to strictly obey warnings and rules since a wayward jet ski can potentially kill someone frolicking in the surrounding waters.
Kayaking, on the other hand, is a more relaxed way of enjoying the sea. The 99 islands of this archipelago are near each other, so if you know how to kayak, you may go on your own island hopping tour at your own pace. Daily kayak rentals are very cheap.
Finally, scuba diving. This is perhaps the most adventurous way of enjoying Langkawi waters and the marine life in them. The most sought-after dive sites are Pulau Lembu, Lobster Garden Pulau Kaca (wreck dive), and the Pulau Segantang (tire reef). The most popular attractions under water are the reef fishes, snappers, barracudas, snappers and sharks.
The beaches and dive spots, as well as waterfalls and other water-related destinations in the island are not difficult to locate since the locals and your hotel personnel are very willing to help with the directions. Make the most of your time in the island by making sure you try snorkeling and other water sports in Langkawi.