Island hopping Langkawi is a must for anyone spending a few days on Malaysia’s beautiful Langkawi Island. While island hopping in Langkawi, you’ll get to see some of the 99 islands that make up Langkawi, most of which are uninhabited. The islands are simply gorgeous with their impressive limestone cliffs jutting out of the water, white sandy beaches, clear turquoise water and overall stunning tropical scenery.
If you’re thinking about island hopping at Langkawi, then read this guide first. This island hopping Langkawi blog guide covers all the essential information you need to ensure you have a wonderful day island hopping. This guide includes the best islands to visit, what to bring, and a few options for an island hopping tour in Langkawi.
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Which Islands Do The Island Hopping Langkawi Tours Generally Go?
While many islands make up Langkawi, most of the hopping island Langkawi tours tend to visit three islands during a trip. These islands are Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Singa Besar and Beras Basah Island.
Below I’ve briefly covered each of these islands and what you can expect to see and do at each.
Pulau Dayang Bunting
Pulau Dayang Bunting is the second largest island in Langkawi and is most famous for Pregnant Maiden Lake. From afar, the hills surrounding the stunning lake are said to resemble the silhouette of a reclined pregnant woman lying on her back. Locals also believe that women unable to become pregnant will become pregnant after swimming in the lake.
Pregnant Maiden Lake is surrounded by massive hills covered in dense, lush rainforest. To reach the lake, you will need to take a 15 minute walk via a stairway which is built through the rainforest.
Once you reach the freshwater lake, you’ll find a pontoon from which you can go kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. By the lake is a small shop which sells drinks and snacks and is also where you can hire kayaks and life jackets. While you’re here, be sure to look up at the hills surrounding the lake for a view of the young maiden said to be around 6-7 months pregnant.
Most Langkawi hopping island tour operators include around 40 to 60 minutes of free time here.
Entry to Dayang Bunting is not usually part of the island hopping in Langkawi price and costs an additional RM6 or RM3 for locals.
Pulau Beras Basah
At Pulau Beras Basah (also referred to as Wet Rice Island) you’ll be greeted by a beautiful beach with white sandy beach, clear turquoise waters and sweeping views of the ocean.
During your time on Pulau Beras Basah, you can swim, snorkel or relax. There is also a small stall here where you can pay additional money to go banana boating, jet skiing or even parasailing. The stall also sells basic snacks and drinks – do be wary of the cheeky monkeys though that may try to steal your food.
Generally your Langkawi Island hopping package will allow around an hour at Pulau Beras Basah.
Pulau Singa Besar
Also known as Big Lion Island, Pulau Singa Besar, is the best island in Langkawi for eagle watching. Not only is this island home to eagles, but also monkeys, mousedeer, hornbills, snakes, monitor lizards, peacocks and more. So do keep a lookout when you’re here.
Typically your island hopping Langkawi package will make a quick 10 minute or so boat stop so you can admire the eagles that dip and dive into the water for food.
Coral Island, Langkawi is another popular island travellers visit. Coral Island is in the Langkawi Pulau Payar Marine Park, where visitors can swim with colourful tropical marine life. At Coral island, you can expect to see black-headed baby sharks, butterflyfish, rabbitfish, damselfish, moorish idols, pink anemonefish and more.
Although not part of the standard island hopping package, Langkawi tour operators provide, it can be visited as part of a day trip on its own.
Langkawi Island Hopping Tour Inclusions
Generally, a Langkawi Island hopping tour package will include transport to and from your hotel in a minivan. The transport will take you to the Teluk Baru Jetty where most of the half day island hopping Langkawi tours depart from. Other tour inclusions are the boat journey, tour guide and life jackets.
Most of the Pulau Langkawi Island hopping tours last around 4 hours and provide the option of either a morning or afternoon tour. Morning tours tend to leave around 8 am returning at 12.30 pm, while the afternoon tours tend to leave at 1 pm and return at 5.30 pm.
As well as taking a boat for your island hopping tour, there is also the option to do a jet ski island hopping Langkawi tour. An island hopping Langkawi jet ski tour is far more expensive than the standard boat tours but are so much fun and a super cool way to explore the Langkawi islands.
A package island hopping Langkawi tour doesn’t include any meals or snacks, although often some water is provided. It is recommended that you bring your own food and water – bring plenty of water to last the entire trip. See more on what to bring on your tour below.
What Is The Island Hopping In Langkawi Price?
The standard half day Langkawi island hopping price is between RM40-45 per adult and RM35-40 per child. The Langkawi Island hopping tour price does tend to vary depending on the season and, if you book through your hotel, expect to pay slightly more, or if you book through a beachfront operator during low season, you can expect to pay less.
As mentioned above, the Langkawi Island hopping package price for jet ski tours are much more than a boat tour (but so much more fun too!). You can expect a jet ski island hopping Langkawi price to be around RM700 – that’s when riding a tandem jet ski.
Also keep in mind, as stated above, there is an additional entry fee for Dayang Bunting. The entry fee for foreigners is RM6 per adult and RM3 per child (3-11 yrs) and for locals is RM3 per adult and RM1 per child (3-11 yrs).
If you want to hire kayaks or paddleboards at Dayang Bunting, that is also an additional charge of around RM10 per person.
Island Hopping In Langkawi Tour Options
When it comes to booking an island hopping Pulau Langkawi tour, you can either book in advance through websites such as Klook or simply walk down the beachfront and book with one of the many tour operators you come across.
If you’re you like to pre-plan your activities, then booking in advance is the way to go. Below I’ve listed some of the more popular Langkawi Island tours to consider.
Langkawi Island Hopping Tour
This is a standard Langkawi Island hopping tour which includes free time at Pulau Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), eagle watching at Pulau Singa Besar and an hour of free time at Pulau Beras Basah.
Tours start from RM36.60 per adult. Click here for more details and to book now.
Langkawi Island Hopping Jet Ski Tour
For the thrill-seekers, you can’t beat taking a jet ski tour around the islands of Langkawi. Under the supervision of an experienced guide, you’ll speed through the blue waters past several Langkawi islands.
Depending on the duration of your jet ski tour, you’ll visit the islands mentioned above, including Pulau Dayang Bunting, eagle watching at Pulau Singa Besar and Pulau Beras Basah, as well as the opportunity to visit other islands such as Intan Kecil Island and see the mangroves at Tuba Island and cruise the Andaman Sea.
3.5 hour tours start from RM695.40 per adults. Click here to book now.
Tanjung Rhu Mangrove Tour
While not an island tour, this is also another popular day trip for visitors. Should you do both tours? Well let’s consider a Langkawi Mangrove Tour vs Island hopping.
The Tanjung Rhu Mangrove Tour is a half day tour where you will visit Kilim Geoforest Park, Langkawi’s famous mangrove forest. You will also see the Crocodile Cave, the Bat Cave and take a cruise around the stunning Andaman Sea.
Lunch is provided on this tour and is served at a floating restaurant.
As you can see, this tour is very different from an island hopping tour and in my view if you have time, you should definitely do both!
Tours start from RM201.30 per person. Click here to book now.
What to Bring on an Island Hopping Tour in Langkawi?
To ensure you have a great time on your island hopping trip make sure you bring plenty of water with you as well as snacks. While some operators provide water and some islands may have stands where you can buy water and snacks, don’t rely on this as it may not be enough.
Also be sure to bring your swimmers, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses and preferably a waterproof camera so you can get some great water shots. You’ll also need some good walking shoes to make the trek to the Pregnant Maiden Lake.
No trip to Langkawi is complete without at least one day exploring the stunning islands that makeup beautiful Langkawi. Given most of these islands are uninhabited, an island hopping tour really is the best way to go.
Whichever island Langkawi hopping tour you decide to go with – we hope you have a fantastic day!
Check out more things to do in Langkawi here or our 2-5 Langkawi itinerary here. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Langkawi check out our best resorts in Langkawi here. Kota Kinabalu is also a great place for island hopping – find out more here.
Sharon is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! She explores Malaysia multiple times a year, often with her kids, and has previously lived in Penang.