There are many islands off the coast of Langkawi that you can explore. In our accommodation “RL Budget Rooms” we were offered the Langkawi Island Hopping Tour. Since we had nothing planned that day and the tour only costed 30RM (2020), we booked this activity.
We visited these three islands on the Langkawi Island Hopping Tour:
- Island of the Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Dayang Bunting)
- Pulau Singa Besar
- Pulau Beras Basah and the cheeky thieving monkeys
From freshwater lakes to wild eagles to beautiful beaches, Langkawi offers a wide range of activities on these day trips.
We were picked up at our accommodation at 9AM. Along the way, other tour participants were picked up. The trip took about 10-15 minutes. Together we drove to a small harbour where we boarded a speedboat.
Langkawi Island Hopping
1. Island of the Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Dayang Bunting)
The island got its name because of a mountains chain, which looks like a pregnant, lying woman.
When arriving at the island, one first walks over a small bridge that offers a beautiful view to the landscape. At the other end, many monkeys are already waiting for you to steal your snacks or drinks.
After I bought a hot cappuccino at a food stall (just because the iced cappuccino was extremely overpriced), it didn’t take long until a monkey jumped on me and snatched my coffee. Hope he didn’t burn his tongue!
Before you can go to the freshwater lake, you have to pay another entrance fee (5RM) and you can only go into the water with a life jacket, which costs 5RM again. Something they could mention also when selling the tour but okay. Surely it is not much money but I think extra costs should be mentioned beforehand.
If you plan to jump into the freshwater lake and swim a little, don’t rent a life jacket at the main entrance. Directly at the freshwater lake swim vests are also offered for 1RM.
The freshwater lake was very pleasant and the water was clear. Nevertheless we imagined something completely different . If you came here for a refreshing, calming swim, you might be disappointed. you were only allowed to swim within a limited area and share that tiny space with 50 other tourists. Those who wanted to go further out had to rent a pedal boat.
After one hour we had to get back to the harbour again and drove to the next stop.
2. Pulau Singa Besar
Then we went on to the island of Pulau Singa Besar (=”Island of the big lion”), where you could watch wild eagles in the air shortly before the coast. At this island we did not go ashore but the boat just floated in the water. From there we watched all the eagles, which plunged into the sea to get prey. If you are particularly keen on exploring the animal world, you will surely find it very exciting. But after 15 minutes the fun was over and the boat went on.
Apparently you can also feed the eagles with pieces of meat yourself. But there were none in our boat, so we just watched the spectacle and took some pictures.
3. Pulau Beras Basah and the cheeky thieving monkeys
The last island we visited during our island hopping tour, is called Pulau Beras Basah. Here we had a stay of about one hour. Snorkeling, swimmin and just chilling out on the beach, to end the tour.
There were quite a lot of people at the main beach, so we walked a bit further away to get some more peace and quiet. But according to my opinion, one hour is not enough for a comfortable stay. One could not really get into the atmosphere of the island. The highlights of the island were surely the monkeys that provided entertainment. Also here, one has to pay very much attention to one’s objects. Especially food is hotly desired with the monkeys. They are not afraid of jumping back on you to get what they want.
We definitely had fun watching the monkey spectacle. Make sure you don’t leave any expensive cameras etc. lying around. The monkeys steal that too! Will you get it back then? Probably not.
After about an hour we got back into the boat. They put us back into a small bus and dropped us off at our accommodation as agreed.
We have probably already experienced more exciting excursions on our travels than on the Langkawi Island Hopping Tour. But for the price of 30RM per person (about 6 Euro) the trip was ok for us. You see some really beautiful islands and the trip with the speed boat is really worth an experience.