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Sunday, April 12, 2009

ISLAND ACTIVITIES

Island Hopping



Several operators offer tours to the smaller islands. Most trips include a stop at the 'wildlife' reserve on Pulau Singa Besar and the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden or Pulau Dayang Bunting. Some will stop at other islands. Tours usually leave from either the jetty in Kuah or from Pantai Cenang. The seas are usually too rough for tours during the rainy season, which can start in June through September.

Sailing


Get away from the ordinary and enjoy the pristine islands & beaches of Langkawi. Have a communion with nature, explore the lush forests and wild life of the islands from a different perspective. You will get to enjoy deserted beaches all to yourself as something special to remember and cherish for a long time. Go on, hire a boat and just do it.

Snorkelling


Pulau Payar- a jewel of an island, is one of Langkawi's major draws, famous for its spectacularly beautiful coral gardens. You can either dive or snorkel to be among the fishes and explore the corals. If you don't wish to get wet, the special Underwater Observatory allows you to experience a close-up view of marine life.

Mangrove Tour


On the northwest corner of the island, near Tanjung Rhu beach, is a large mangrove forest with spectacular natural scenery. You can take a trip through the forest by boat. Cruise silently along the mangrove channels and appreciate what these natural living buffer zones mean to the ecology. Some trips also include an eagle feeding session.

Jet Skiing


Jet Skiing is a popular water-based activity in Langkawi. However, when engaging in this activity please abide by the rules for safety of other water users. Avoid using boats anchored off-shore as 'marker buoys' to zoom around, you could hit a vessel and be liable for VERY COSTLY repairs, not to mention that there may be divers nearby.

Diving


Dive sites are plentiful.These include: Pulau Lembu, Pulau Kaca with its wrecks, the aptly named spot known as Lobster Garden and the Tyre Reef of Pulau Segantang. There are plenty of groupers in most of these places as well as reef fishes, including schools of Barracuda, snappers and black-tip reef sharks.

Kayaking


Langkawi is a great place for kayaking. With the 99 islands located close to each other, kayaking is another way to do your island hopping - at your own pace. Resorts and tour operators offer affordable daily rental of kayaks. Before starting off on your kayak tour check weather conditions and plan your itinerary well.

Jungle Trekking


Start by taking in the breathtaking view across the Langkawi archipelago from its highest peak, Gunung Raya, at 890 m above sea level. Then hike through the verdant rainforest along the river at the Lubok Sembilang Recreational Park. Discover medicinal plants, uniquely camouflaged wildlife and other wonders of nature. The trekking convener can customise the outing for all age groups and abilities

Air Trekking / Canopy Adventure


Air Trekking involves abseiling, rappelling, climbing, jungle trekking and gliding high above the ground on a cable system resembling a flying fox. The adventure appeals to extreme sports enthusiasts and offers a fantastic adrenalin rush. Made famous by Sean Connery in the movie 'The Medicine Man', Langkawi is the second location in the world to have this activity.

Biking


Bicycles can be hired from a number of outlets throughout the island and many resorts rent them out at reasonable rates to guests. The terrain of the inhabited areas of Langkawi is conducive for cycling. Besides being more environment friendly, quieter and healthier, exploring the island on a bicycle allows you to access more remote areas easier than driving a car

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