With Langkawi's abundant natural scenery and its position in the middle of a large group of tropical islands, it should be no surprise that there are a number of different options for day trips. Half day and full day outings can be booked at most hotel tour desks. In addition, off-island trips to destinations such as Pulau Payar marine park can be booked at counters in the Langkawi jetty terminal. You can also book some tours in advance through our partner Viator.
On the northwest corner of the island, near Tanjung Rhu beach, is a large mangrove forest full of wildlife and spectacular natural scenery. You can take a trip through the mangrove forest by boat. Some trips also include an eagle feeding session.
Several operators offer tours to the smaller islands just south of Langkawi. Most trips include a stop at the 'wildlife' reserve on Singa Besar island and the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden on Dayang Bunting island. Some will stop at other undeveloped islands. Tours usually leave from either the jetty in Kuah or from Cenang beach near the airport. Note that seas are usually too rough for such tours during the rainy season, which can start sometime in June and continue through to September.
Pulau Payar Marine Park
Payer island is the largest of a group of four islands about 35 kilometers (20 miles) south of Langkawi. The islands and the seas around them are a national marine park. A reef platform has been moored just off the island for day trippers to use as a base for snorkeling, scuba diving, or just observing the undersea life from underwater observation decks. The owner of the platform operates the daily catamaran to and from the jetty at Kuah. Costs vary according to the activities desired, such as snorkeling or scuba diving. Introductory scuba classes are available for those who would like to try.