Langkawi Island Hopping Tours And All The Best Places! [2024]

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Langkawi itself is a beautiful island, but for the ultimate tropical island adventure, consider island hopping Langkawi style!

Langkawi island hopping 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. 

The pregnant maiden Pulau Dayang Bunting Langkawi
Can you work out the outline of a pregnant maiden at Pulau Dayang Bunting?

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 which is the best and most affordable way to do this.  

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Comparison Of Langkawi Island Hopping Tours [2024]

Here’s a quick comparison of all your island hopping tour Langkawi options.

Below, you’ll find more information about each of these island hopping Langkawi tour choices.

Tour NameBest For…Starting PriceBook Now
Langkawi Island Hopping TourSimple half day island hopping to most islands mentioned below for an awesome priceRM40Click
Langkawi Island Hopping Jet Ski TourGreat way to see the islands with more adventure and thrillsRM700Click
Private Langkawi Island Hopping TourPerfect for families and groups or anyone who wants a more intimate experienceRM350Click
Paradise 101Perfect for water sports and when you want to take your timeRM49.50Click
Paradise 101 + ParasailingIf you want to go parasailing! And still have the Langkawi island experienceRM318Click
Paradise 101 + Banana BoatIf you want the fun of a banana boat ride in addition to your Langkawi islandRM47Click
Paradise 101 + KayakingPeople who love to kayakRM35Click
The prices above are correct at time of publishing. Check for yourself by pressing “Click” above.

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.

Keep in mind that a visit to these three islands is very popular and it can feel a little like being on a tourist conveyor belt as tourists constantly arrive and depart. However, it is so beautiful, it’s hard to care.

Pulau Dayang Bunting 

Kayaking on the lake at Pulau Dayang Bunting Langkawi
Kayaking on the lake at 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 – check out the first photo in this article and see if you can pick it. Locals also believe that women unable to become pregnant will become pregnant after swimming in the lake.

On our island hopping tour, we stopped for a view of the pregnant maiden on our way to entry point of the island.

Pregnant Maiden Lake is surrounded by massive hills covered in dense, lush rainforest. To reach the lake, you will need to take a 5-10 minute walk via a stairway which is built through the rainforest.  At the start of the walk are some eating options, a photo place and an office where you need to pay an entry fee. This entry fee is usually not included in the cost of the tour. When we were there, it was RM6 for foreigners and RM3 for Malaysians.

Once you reach the freshwater lake, you’ll find a pontoon from which you can go kayaking, pedal boating and swimming.  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 60 to 90 minutes of free time here. 

The lake area is stunning and it’s easy to spend some time here. I kayaked with two of my kids which was a lot of fun.

Pulau Beras Basah

Pulau Beras Basah Langkawi
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.  It’s a gorgeous spot, but unfortunately, there is a little trash in the water.

During your time on Pulau Beras Basah, you can swim, snorkel (although I don’t think there is much to see) 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.

There’s also a small cafe with a couple of food options like hot dogs.

It’s a beautiful spot and easy to enjoy.

Generally your Langkawi Island hopping package will allow around an hour at Pulau Beras Basah. 

Pulau Singa Besar 

Pulau Singa Besar eagles Langkawi
Watching the eagles feed

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.  

Paradise 101

Paradise 101 is a beautiful, private island that is perfect for people wanting to chill in a beautiful place or who want to participate in water sports.

Although not part of the standard island hopping package that Langkawi tour operators provide, it can be visited as part of a day trip on its own.

There are many activities including jet skiing, banana boats, parasailing and kayaking. There is also a zip line and an inflatable obstacle course on the sea called Aqua Park. There’s food and a bar with music, plenty of places to sit and enjoy and it’s quite an experience.

The good news with this island hopping package in Langkawi is that you can stay as long as you want and the entry ticket includes return boat transfers, a welcome drink, 20 minutes of kayaking, an hour on the Aqua Park and volleyball and board games.

You can then book extra activities and meals when you are there or you can book an activity, such as parasailing, in advance and you’ll also get entry to Paradise 101 for free.

Click here to book Paradise 101 now direct with the tour operator or you can book on klook here.

Alternatively, you can book parasailing and entry to Paradise 101 here.

Langkawi Island Hopping Tour Inclusions

Teluk Baru Jetty Langkawi
Teluk Baru Jetty – island hopping tours depating

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 8:30am returning at 1pm, while the afternoon tours tend to leave at 1pm and return at 5:30pm.

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 is 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.

Paradise 101 tours do differ and you can spend as long as you want here.

What Is The Island Hopping Tours Langkawi Price?

The standard half day Langkawi island hopping price is around RM40-50 per adult with children being cheaper or free – the exact ages for this depends on the Langkawi island hopping packages you pick

The Langkawi Island hopping tour price does tend to vary depending on the season and, if you book through your hotel, expect to pay more.

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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.

Also keep in mind, as stated above, there is an additional entry fee for Dayang Bunting.  This is not usually included in a Langkawi island tour package price. 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. This cost RM20 for a 2-person kayak and life jackets for 30 minutes when we were there.

Speeding between islands on an island hopping tour Langkawi
Speeding between islands on our island hopping tour

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. It can be cheaper and is much easier with everything spelled out for what exactly you’ll get.  Below I’ve listed the best Langkawi Island tours to consider.

Langkawi Island Hopping Tour

This is the 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.

You can choose to meet at a group pick-up point or pay a little extra to be picked up from your hotel.

It’s a half day tour which runs in the mornings daily. It also runs in the afternoons at some times of the year.

We had a great experience on this tour. There aren’t any inclusions apart from the transfers, but it is incredibly good value.

Tours start from RM40 per adult. 

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The plontoon at Pulau Dayang Bunting Langkawi
The plontoon at Pulau Dayang Bunting. You can swim, kayak and more from here

Private Langkawi Island Hopping Tour

This is basically the same as the standard Langkawi Island hopping tour above 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.

However, the big difference is that you get your own boat! So it’s nice and private.

It’s perfect for families or groups or anyone who wants a more intimate experience. You simply pick the size of your boat and your ideal pick up time.

It’s our family’s personal favourite way to go island hopping. It makes it far less stressful with kids and the price is competitive to going on a group tour.

You need to make your own way to the pick-up point at McDonald’s UnderWater World Langkawi.

Tours start from RM350 for a boat for eight.

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Pulau Beras Basah.
Pulau Beras Basah.

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 (for snorkelling) and see the mangroves at Tuba Island and cruise the Andaman Sea.

This island hopping jet ski Langkawi option is lots of fun!

3.5 hour tours start from RM700 per adults. There is also a six hour option. It runs in the morning daily as well as some afternoons.

The price only includes pick-up from Pantai Cenang area. If you are elsewhere, there’s an extra charge.

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Find more jet ski options in Langkawi here.

Jet skis in Langkawi

Paradise 101

As mentioned above, you can also head out to Paradise 101 for the day to enjoy the beach, water sports and food in comfort and ease.

You won’t see as many Langkawi islands as the other options, but you can spend as long as you like. This is a great option.

The Paradise 101 package price includes return boat transfers, a welcome drink, 20 minutes of kayaking, an hour on the Aqua Park and volleyball and board games.

The Aqua Park is an inflatable obstacle course on the water.

You can then book extra activities and meals when you are there or you can book an activity, such as parasailing, in advance and you’ll also get entry to Paradise 101 for free.

Tours start from RM49.50 per person.  You can chose your start time, but you do need to make your own way to the jetty for your boat transfer unless you pay an extra RM50 for a transfer.

Click here to book now on Klook or you can book direct with the operator here. 

I recommend booking with the operator direct so you can book any other options you’d like in advance.

Paradise 101 – Extra Options

The Paradise 101 Langkawi island trip above is perfect for many, but if you have something in particular you want to do, and you don’t care about the 20 minutes of kayaking or Aqua Park included access, you can book a different option beforehand.

These options come with the activity specified, entry to Paradise 101 and your boat transfers, but not necessarily everything you get mentioned above. This is why these options are sometimes cheaper.

Which option is best really depends on you and your preferences.

Here are your choices:

If you do want multiple of these options, clicking above or here to book direct, does allow you to add extras once you select to book.

Whatever you pick, you’re sure to have a great time!

Pulau Dayang Bunting 
Pulau Dayang Bunting 

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. Our tour finished later than we expected so we were quite hungry and wished we had brought more with us.

Also be sure to bring your swimmers, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses and preferably a waterproof camera so you can get some great water shots. I had read you need good walking shoes to get to the lake on Pulau Dayang Bunting. This path is good though and any shoes should be fine.

Final Words

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!

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Check out more things to do in Langkawi here or our 2-5 day Langkawi itinerary here. You can also find our guide to parasailing in Langkawi here. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Langkawi check out our best resorts in Langkawi here.  You can find our full guide to Langkawi here.

Kota Kinabalu is also a great place for island hopping – find out more here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.