Pantai Cenang Beach
Every coastal region has the busiest beach and for Langkawi - Pantai Cenang is the one. One of the most commonly visited tourist attractions in Langkawi, Pantai Cenang attracts visitors for its cafe-restobar culture; and also because it is a 10 minutes ride from the airport. Families are often seen visiting this beach as there a number of kid-friendly attractions around such as the Underwater world, Kiki club, and the rice garden museum.
For adults, likewise, the beach offers a number of activities to indulge in; such as watersports - parasailing and jet skiing. Similarly, the nightlife here is considered to be the liveliest in while of Langkawi.
Location: Western shoreline of Langkawi, near Padang Matsirat international airport, Kedah
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Tanjung Rhu is one of the most famous places to visit in Langkawi. Well, rightly deserved so, the way to this beach takes tourists through dense forests. The beach has crystal clear water and refined, powder-like sand that serves as a perfect picnic destination. It remains secluded and away from the city hustle, thus providing a peaceful ambience for visitors.
The borders of this beach are formed of limestone crags that further enhance the beauty of Tanjung Rhu, making it a great choice amongst other Langkawi tourist places. There are a number of eateries at the beach where tourists can go to fill their hungry stomach after a sip into the sea water.
Location: Northern Langkawi shorelines, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Kedah
Pantai Tengah Beach
Location: Pantai Tengah Beach is located just near the southern road bend of Pantai Cenang. It is believed to be the continuation of the much popular Pantai Cenang.
Highlights: If the truth be told, there is not much of sightseeing here but that of course is a case with most of the islands here in Langkawi. Despite that, it is a great place to unwind and relax. Spas are in abundance here and you can actually find a tour operator who’ll guide you across the island. Shopping outlets may be sparse but the nightlife scene is something that speaks of the vibrancy of the place.
Best Time: Open daily but definitely a must visit during the night hours.
Pantai Kok Beach
Highlights: Lined with an exquisite modern marina it is further surrounded by verdant jungle and the front of it is a beautiful bay surrounded by limestone hills. It is a home to a string of shops, restaurants and bars. Besides this, there is a post office, petrol station and a bank for your easy access. Besides this, there are several other recreational attractions such as the cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.
Location: Situated on the western part of the island it is about 12km north of Pantai Cenang.
Best Time: Those who enjoy quieter holiday destination, this is the place to be. Open Daily.
Location: Located at the Datai area at the north western end of Langkawi, you can reach here via a taxi or a rental car along the road Jalan Datai (#161). From the Pantai Cenang, it is about a 45 minutes drive to reach the Datai beach.
Highlights: True that there are not too many tourist attractions in this quarter of Langkawi Island however, you can make your way to the Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum and the Langkawi Crocodile Farm that are definitely in the close proximity to the Datai Bay. You can also reach these attractions from Kuah and Pantai Kok. Several European visitors can be found here who visit the beach that brings forth breathtaking views.
Shark Bay Beach
Highlights: The beach is about 200 meters long and is ideal for swimming.
Location: The Shark Bay Beach is situated on the road Jalan Teluk Yu. It is located opposite to the Cultural Craft Complex and is on the northern shoreline of Langkawi. Situated about 21kms from Kuah Town and 24kms from the airport, you can reach the beach via a taxi or a rental car.
Price: No entry fee
Best Time: Being a public beach, it is accessible 24 hours.
Location: Situated in the Datai area, the Tengkorak Beach is easily accessible from the road Jalan Datai (Rd #161) in northern Langkawi. This road will go all the way to the Datai Resort. You can easily get a taxi to help you reach the place. About 3 km from the Crocodile Farm, it is located just before Andaman Resort.
Highlights: It is one of the few beaches in Langkawi that has shower rooms and toilets. You can also find picnic tables in the park land and there are shaded gazebos along the beach.
Price: Entry to the beach is absolutely free
Best Time: Being a public beach, it is open 24 hours a day.
Black Sand Beach
Highlights: The beach has small stalls and shops that are run by the local women. These women sell the local dress materials, clothes and accessories. Ideal for fishing, the beach was popular as a fishing village.
Location: Located on the Jalan Teluk Yu road the Black Sand Beach is present on the northern shoreline of Langkawi. About 20kms from Kuah Town it is situated in close proximity to the Shark Bay Beach.
Price: Entry is free
Best Time: Open 24 hours, Black Sand Beach can be visited at any hour of the day. Take note that the stalls and the shops here usually close by sunset.
Location: Pebble Beach is situated at the north western end of Langkawi in Datai area. Situated right opposite to the Temurun waterfalls on the north shore, you can reach the beach from the Jalan Datai (road #161). You’ll have to pass through the steep natural trail that passes through a forested area for about 50 yards to the beach and is covered by trees.
Highlights: There is a make shift open-air restaurant called 3-Tiga that is situated on the trail that leads you down to the beach.
Best Time: Open 24 hours a day.
Batu Hampar Beach
Highlights: Batu Hampar Beach does not have any public facilities like shower or toilets however, since it is exclusively used by the Sheraton hotel guests, they enjoy the access to the hotel amenities including beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and even washrooms located adjacent to the beach. Chairs and umbrellas are also found here.
Location: Situated in the Pantai Kok area in a place known as the Teluk Nibong. Batu Hampar Beach on the western coastline of Langkawi, lies in front of the hotel Sherataon Langkawi Beach Resort.
Price: There is no entry fee to go to this beach.
Best Time: Batu Hampar Beach is a public beach hence you’ll find it open 24 hours of the day.