Malaysia (Langkawi)

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Unwind in style on the pearl-white sand beaches of Langkawi, Malaysia. Located in the Strait of Malacca, off the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Langkawi owes its name to the Malay word ‘helang’ that stands for eagle, and the Sanskrit ‘kawi’ for the bird’s reddish-brown tone. So, let BoatPlanner give you an… eagle’s eye view of this beautiful sailing paradise before you choose to visit!

Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands can accommodate a wide array of boats, from elegant yachts to classic sailboats and modern catamarans. There are several moorings available all around the island, including some free of charge. The NE water area is well protected from winds, offering a safer and secured mooring option. Telaga Harbor is a popular marina with full facilities and services, including a duty-free shop. Kuah Jetty offers convenient access to local markets. Datai Bay is a sheltered anchorage on the western coast with serene surroundings.

Weather & Climate

Langkawi enjoys a tropical climate with high temperatures year-round. The dry season extends from November to March, with gentle winds and clear blue skies.

History & Places of Interest

Langkawi is rich in historical and folklore heritage, adding depth to its charm. One of the island’s most famous legends revolves around Mahsuri, a local maiden wrongfully accused of adultery. Her story is still told at Mahsuri’s Tomb, a historical site, where reality and folklore intertwine. The island’s past includes periods of Siamese and British rule, leaving behind traces of colonial architecture in various areas. A landmark of the recent era is Eagle Square, an iconic landmark featuring a massive eagle statue symbolizing Langkawi’s name unleashes an undisputed element of splendor.

Beaches

Pantai Cenang: Langkawi’s most popular beach, where you can enjoy golden sands, watersports, and beachfront dining.

Pantai Tengah: Adjacent to Pantai Cenang it offers a more serene setting and stunning sunsets.

Visit the nearby islands like Pulau Payar and Pulau Beras Basah to experience different marine environments.  

Black Sand Beach: Follow the mystique of black sands, on the northern coastline of Langkawi. Black Sand Beach, or Pantai Pasir Hitam, according to folklore is said to have healing properties and is believed to bring good luck. However, the origin and the cause of this phenomenon are still shrouded in mystery adding to the magic this landscape exerts on visitors. What is more, the murky waters and the occasional currents make it unsafe to swim there.

Activities

A unique sculpture of natural landscapes, azure waters, and majestic mountains awaits visitors. Langkawi’s islands are adorned with emerald rainforests. Go on a Mangrove Tour, to explore the intricate ecosystems and the unique wildlife on the island. Enjoy the high view up from the Sky Bridge at 125m above sea level, or take the thrilling Cable Car ride to the peak of Gunung Mat Cincang mountain for breathtaking vistas. Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is a unique geological site of mangroves and limestone cliffs.

While in Kuah, the main town of Langkawi, don’t forget to drop by the Royal Yacht Club, the Parade Shopping Complex, and the Al-Hana Mosque. But, if you can’t stay away from the water, there are several aquatic activities available, such as jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, and windsurfing on popular beaches like Pantai Cenang.