The best islands in Langkawi are great for experiencing the archipelago's diverse landscape. With around 100 islands in the Andaman Sea, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to island-hopping during your vacation. While most are uninhabited, a few have been designated for tourism so that visitors from all over the world can admire and appreciate the magical beauty of Langkawi

    Many island-hopping tours are available from the main Langkawi Island to get you started. Note that most tours cease operations during the monsoon season from July to mid-September as the waves become choppy. 

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    Pulau Beras Basah Island

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    Pulau Beras Basah, located 25 km southwest of Kuah, features expansive sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and clear blue water against a verdant mountain backdrop. Therefore, we highly recommend bringing along a change of clothes, blankets, and beach essentials during this trip.

    Despite its popularity among tourists, Pulau Beras Basah remains mostly underdeveloped save for several washrooms and rustic-looking stalls selling beverages and snacks for their convenience. Accommodations are unavailable on the island.

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    Pulau Bumbon

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    Pulau Bumbon is accessible within a 10-minute boat ride from the Kuah jetty. Its beaches are pleasant and peaceful. Those who seek a truly secluded place should come here. You can get to the island by booking a day trip through a tour operator on Langkawi Island.

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    Pulau Dayang Bunting

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    Pulau Dayang Bunting is the second-largest island of Langkawi. Its name translates to ‘Isle of the Pregnant Maiden’, as the island's shape resembles that of an expectant mother. Draped in verdant rainforest, it has a large lake believed to grant barren women fertility. The water is also great for bathing, with lifejacket rentals available for kids and novice swimmers. 

    A cave called Gua Langsir is home to thousands of bats – definitely worth an expedition if you're feeling adventurous. Pulau Dayang Bunting is accessible within a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah. Note that the island lacks accommodations options.

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    Pulau Payar Marine Park

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    The Pulau Payar Marine Park is a popular site for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts in Langkawi. The island is about 45 minutes away from the Kuah jetty – you can get there either by catamaran or speedboat.

    The marine park has 4 islands spread over 2 nautical miles, the largest of which is Pulau Payar. The 3 smaller isles are called Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang. These uninhabited islands are strictly regulated by the Fisheries Department of Kedah to protect their natural landscape. 

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    Pulau Singa Besar

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    Pulau Singa Besar may lack the size but it certainly makes up in heart. Contrary to its name (‘Big Lion’), the island does not house giant felines. Instead, it's a wildlife sanctuary for monkeys, deer, snakes, lizards and birds. The island is also rich in unique rock formations and mangrove plants. 

    You can arrange for a day trip to Pulau Singa Besar. There is no accommodations, but you are allowed to camp overnight with permission from the local government.

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    Pulau Tuba

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    Pulau Tuba is a beautiful and remote island that's home to a group of traditional fishermen. While it's relatively undeveloped, you can stay on the island. You can opt for a room at a small resort or a homestay program in the village. Pulau Tuba is also a great place for bird-watching and jungle-trekking in Langkawi.

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    Rebak Island

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    Rebak Island – measuring approximately 158 hectares – is a short boat ride away. Home to the exclusive Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, part of the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces international hotel chain, this vacation spot is an incredibly romantic and secluded isle. 

    Rebak Island has a gorgeous marina, which is the only fully-equipped marina in Malaysia. There’s not much to see or do on these shores, except for lounging in the sun and soaking in the surf.

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