Langkawi's main draw is its beautiful beaches, from central resort areas to remote gems in the hinterland. Pantai Cenang is the busiest beach, with a staggering selection of water sport facilities and an excellent after-hours scene.
But there are many other options on the island, including three full golf courses, each with their own take on golfing in the tropics. Other popular activities include island-hopping, scuba diving, yachting and hiking.
Behind it all, white-sand beaches are the number-one attraction on Langkawi, and this is where tourists pass most of their time. Pentai Cenang is the most popular, followed by its neighbor, Pantai Tengah. These beaches boast all of the facilities and water sports expected, while quieter beaches on the north coast are remote and laid-back.
Snorkeling is popular around the resorts and outlying islands, but the best opportunities await scuba divers. Diving tours regularly connect to Payar Island where an excellent deep-water environment is found. Vibrant coral gardens are also found around Payar Island in an area conducive to both snorkeling and diving.
Another popular pastime for vacationers is boating, whether it's joining an island-hopping tour or chartering your own yacht. There are more than a hundred islands in the vicinity, giving mariners more to do and see than time permits. There are four marinas around the island, the biggest of which is the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.