Made up 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, both above and below the water.
Island-hopping tours, one of the most popular day trip options from Langkawi, depart in the morning and take passengers to some of the area’s best islands and beaches. On the popular Dayang Bunting Island, the second largest island in the Langkawi archipelago, travelers can cool off in the freshwater Pregnant Maiden Lake, named for a nearby hill that resembles the belly of a pregnant woman when viewed from a certain angle.
Beras Basah Island boasts white sand and turquoise water, making it a favorite island hopping stop for both swimming and sunbathing. Singa Besar Island, a pristine and remote slice of paradise sandwiched between Dayang Bunting and Beras Basah Islands, is famous for a rather surprising group of residents. Boats stop just off the coast so passengers can feed huge numbers of eagles who live in the island’s mangrove forests.
Most island hopping tours ferry visitors from island to island aboard motor boats, but it’s also possible to explore the archipelago aboard a luxury yacht.