Comprised of 99 islands (five more at low tide) on Malaysia’s western coast, Langkawi is the postcard image of a tropical paradise. With Langkawi Island as a base, travelers come from around the globe to explore the archipelago. These are some of your best island-hopping options.
Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah)
Whether you arrive on an island-hopping cruise or make like James Bond on your own personal watercraft, Beras Basah Island makes a lovely spot to chill out for an hour or two. Most travelers visit on an island-hopping tour, with a stop at Dayang Bunting Lake (Pregnant Maiden Lake), a freshwater lake on Dayang Bunting Island, and another at Singa Besar Island to see the eagles. But you can also glide by on a sunset cruise, a dinner cruise, a fishing trip, or a private boat charter.
Things to know before you go
- The words beras basah mean “wet rice” in Indonesian and Malaysian, and a number of islands in the region share this name, as does Singapore’s Bras Basah district.
- There is no bathroom on Beras Basah Island. Dayang Bunting Island has a simple bathroom for a small fee.
- The waters are generally not that clear. Check visibility before renting snorkel gear.
- Don’t bring food ashore. The macaques are hungry and fearless.
- Shallow, warm waters make Beras Basah Island a good choice for those with kids.
- Neither the island-hopping boats nor the island are wheelchair-accessible.
How to get there
Beras Basah Island sits off Langkawi’s southern coast, about four miles (six kilometers) due south of Pantai Cenang. It’s just to the west of Singa Besar Island, and about 2.5 miles (four kilometers) west of Dayang Bunting Island. The only way to reach here is on an organized cruise or a private boat charter.
When to get there
Langkawi’s calm waters are navigable all year round but the area can get very busy during the Christmas and Lunar New Year periods. Island-hopping trips are often more fun between March and August, after peak season is past.
Langkawi’s Best Beaches
Langkawi is known for its white-sand beaches. Pantai Cenang, a long strip of white sand in the south, offers technicolor sunsets—and beach bars to enjoy them from. Tanjung Rhu Beach, to the north, boasts powder-fine sand and an undeveloped feel. The curving crescent of Datai Beach, studded with tiny islands, is gorgeous, but you’ll need to stay at one of two 5-star resorts to enjoy it.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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- Dayang Bunting Lake (Tasik Dayang Bunting)
- Underwater World Langkawi
- Rice Museum (Laman Padi Langkawi)
- Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)
- Atma Alam Batik Art Village
- Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)
- Pulau Payar Marine Park
- Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)
- Oriental Village Langkawi
- Lagenda Park (Taman Lagenda)
- Tanjung Rhu
- Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall)
- Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)
- Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)