After having breakfast across the motel, we are ready for the island hopping activities. Basically, its one of the must do activity in Langkawi where you’ll have the opportunity to visit and explore surrounding islands in Langkawi. Note that there are 99 islands around Langkawi.
Traveller Tips: Usually it only cost about RM30 per pax. Its better to bargain otherwise they will charge you up to RM45.
About 10am, we arrived at Teluk Baru jetty. One boat for ten people. If you come in a smaller group, you have to share the boat with other groups. The first destination is The Island of Pregnant Maiden or locally known as Pulau Dayang Bunting.
Tasik Dayang Bunting
This is one of the largest natural lake that I’ve ever seen on an island. I used to swim in a river, sea and swimming pool but this is the first time I’m swimming in a lake! Since the lake is quite deep, you should know how to swim or float your body. Otherwise, you’ll drown inside the lake. But don’t worry because you can rent a life-jacket for RM5.
Most of the guys just having fun diving and photo shoot. While the girls were riding a cycling boat around the lake. The most memorable thing that happen at the lake was that, when I want to jump into the lake, I slipped on the deck and I hurt my butt because it was wet and slippery. Ouch!
Lesson 01 – always be determined with what you are doing. Don’t have doubts. Just do it. Jump and dive!
About 1230pm, we left Pulau Dayang Bunting and we are heading for the eagle feeding activities near Pulau Singa Besar. Its one of a unique sighting as you can see lots of eagles flying near you. Our boat captain threw some chicken’s fat into the sea. Then all of the eagles will fly and grab their meals.
Lesson 02 – bring your zoom lens if you want to take a cool pictures of the eagle.
Pulau Beras Basah
It was a hot sunny day at Pulau Beras Basah. I’ll translate it as The Island of Wet Rice. A lot of tourist was sunbathing and there are also paragliding activities going on. We have some snack before going to the beach.
Suddenly, one of my friends had lost her purse. She said that she left it at a toilet in Pulau Dayang Bunting. Some of us accompanied her back to the island and hoped that she will found back her purse. But to no avail, she lost it. I still remember she just withdraw some cash earlier today.
Lesson 03 – don’t bring wallet or valuable items while island hopping. Its hard to hop back to the other island.
While we were having fun at the beach, one of my friend got injured due to some thorns got stuck on his foot. Ouch! I can say that there were more than 10 thorns and it really painful. Poor him. Actually, I was just about to go into the sea but when seeing him got injured, I guess I’ll have to wait.
Lesson 04 – be careful when you are swimming in the sea! Danger may lies between your legs.
Stone Skipping (Skimming)
So, since I’m not going into the sea, I just spend the time at Pulau Beras Basah, trying to stone skipping. I’m not really good at it. I only manage to get three skipping while my friend got seven! You really need to have a good throwing technique. You may need to check this website if you want to become a better stone skipper!
About 2pm, we went back to the jetty at Teluk Baru. So, that’s the end of our island hopping activities. After that, we have our lunch at Restoran Aroma, just opposite of Underwater World. Its a tiring day and all of us were fast asleep once we arrived our lovely motel.
Dataran Lang – the largest eagle statue in the world
Langkawi has been associated with the eagles because Lang derived from the word Helang which means eagle. While ‘kawi’ derived from a Sanskrit term for brown. So Langkawi is a brown eagle or scientifically known as Brahmini Kite. That’s what is written on the signage at Dataran Lang.
Well, do you realize it or not? The eagle statue can be considered as the largest animal statue in Malaysia. Suddenly I was thinking about idols or worship. Photo shoot is the main activity in Dataran Lang. However, the star shaped platform has limited the position to take a good shot. Personally, I love perspective angles instead of the front and side view of the eagle. I’d like to propose for an expansion project so that visitors may appreciate and have a better picture with the eagle.
I still remember how the Merlion in Singapore is moved to another spot and give the opportunity for visitors to take better pictures. This is one of the best jumping picture taken by one of my friends.
Jetty Point, Kuah
Since it was raining, we rush to the Jetty Point to look for shelter. Jetty Point has gone some renovation and its not the same as 9 years ago. But, there’s nothing much to offer. So we just waste our time there with shopping and loitering. But there is an arcade for us to play some game. I’m not really into these kind of things but then, there’s one game that really caught my attention.
It was Crazy Taxi 2 arcade version. I’ve been playing this game on my PC since my high school. This is the first time I’ve found the arcade machine in Malaysia. Even though it’s the same game, but the control is quite different compared with PC.
Bamboo Beach Restaurant
Finally, we have our dinner at Bamboo Beach Restaurant. My friend told me to give poor remarks about this restaurant. So guys, don’t come to this restaurant. Eventhough the food is just fine, but the service is poor. Who want’s to wait for the meal and sit on a shaky chair and table?
Finally, we went back to the motel and have a good rest for tomorrow.
Image credit to Uzair Asri, Nik Eiddy Karma, Sadeed.