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A Guide to Langkawi Water Sports

 
  • 01Parasailing

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    Malaysia is one of the most-sought after destinations of adventure water sports activities. Though almost all beach resorts provide parasailing tours for their guests, this is best enjoyed in Langkawi Island.



    Highlights – It is better to choose authorised tour operators for parasailing, because one may have to go through lots of risks when choosing illegal operators. Two to three people can travel in one ride and the ride usually takes ten minutes. The thrill that you get when you are lifted close to 500feet above sea level and when you land back safely on to the boat cannot be described in words.

    Location– Langkawi Island.

    Timing – One parasailing trip takes around 30 minutes to complete. 2 to 3 people are lifted at a time.

    Price – RM80 per person on the beach for 3km; RM180 per person on the boat for 8km.
  • 02Scuba Diving

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    Andaman Sea comprises of crystal clear green water with the warmth of right temperature thus making it a worthy locale for scuba diving. Langkawi scuba diving can be a breathtaking experience for life. Non swimmers can also relish this sport as there are plenty of introductory diving options for them conducted by experienced scuba instructors. Each new comer in scuba diving is under the guidance of expert supervision and furthermore is given one to one classes underwater for better security.

     

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    Highlights: Best visibility of coral reefs, rock formations and incredible marine lives upto 150 feet (45 meters). Temperate water throughout the year; large number of marine animals, white shark, larger reef fishes and Manta string rays being a common acquaintance under water.
    Best Season: November to April for better visibility.
    Best Location: Palau Payar Marine Park, 30 km from Langkawi
    Courses offered: PADI certification from beginner to master level, classes conducted in several languages including Japanese and Russian.
  • 03Snorkeling

    The right water temperature and stunning beaches with crystal clear Andaman Sea as beach water, imagine how exhilarating snorkeling can be? Snorkeling in Langkawi Island is a family sport and can be enjoyed by any person of any age limit. Langkawi has many shallow coral making it an ideal place for snorkeling. Getting to the main island won’t be a problem as many speed boats and catamaran facilities are available for transportation.

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    Highlights: Shark feeding; sun bathing; perfect temperature (29 degree to 35 degree). Finish a snorkeling session and engulf into an amazing view of the surrounding landscape; picnic, BBQ and camping allowed, lots of eateries stalls, BBQs and Gazebos for the tourists.

    Best season: November to MarchBest snorkeling.

    Location: Palau Payar Marine park; it has 4 exotic islands – Payar, Kaca, Segantang and Lembu, away from the habitation that shelters best of marine lives such as rabbitfish, butterflyfish, Moorish idols and lot more.
  • 04Jet Ski

    Jet skiing can really be an adrenalin rush game and water babies can genuinely enjoy this outrageously fun water sport in Langkawi. You can opt for different types of Jet Ski option, packages ranging from 1 hour ride to 4 hours ride. Langkawi jet skiing rides takes you through more than 20 islands in the Andaman Sea through the green emerald crystal clear water.

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     Highlights: Packages includes swimming in the fresh water lake of pregnant maiden island and snorkeling, drop at beaches of your choice for rejuvenation and refreshments; visit up to 20 islands (4 hours ride); observe some breathtaking views of the Malay islands; ride to the coastal mangrove forests nearby, bird watching (eagles and seagulls) at Singa Besar island.

    Best Location for Jet Ski: Pantai Cenang Beach.
     
    Price: starts at RM 400

    Additional inclusion: A guide for instruction and supervision and Jet Ski gears and equipments. 

    Best Season: November to April
  • 05Wakeboarding

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    Wakeboarding is fun if you know the skill. The right amount of pressure, speed and balance is required for a smooth ride. It is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. Langkawi island waters are perfect to carry out this sport. Children as young as 8 years can carry out wakeboarding. Additionally, Langkawi wakeboarding has gained recent popularity because of the island beaches and the water of the Andaman Sea.



    Highlights: Andaman Sea provides you the ultimate opportunity for this fun sport due its perfect surge of the water in the sea. Plus, crystal clear water surface is an added advantage to observe fishes and corals while you traverse the water surface. The surrounding landscapes and the temperature poses the right accompany simultaneously.

    Best Location: Pantai Tengah.

    Inclusions : Wakeboard, Guide for supervision and water gear

    Best Season: Dry Season November to April

    Difficulty level: Moderate.



  • 06Banana Boat

    People who pick Langkawi as the destination for vacations are usually a fan of blue waters, beaches and the tropical climate that are the highlights of the place. Some of the islands here offer unparalleled experience of marine life and exceptionally great opportunities for boating in the fresh water lakes. Banana Boat is used for the exploring of the fresh water lakes that are surrounded by the beautiful mountains.

    Location: The boats depart from a couple of ferry jetties such as the Awana Porto Malai Terminal at the southern end of Pantai Tengah.

    Highlights: Banana boating can be done so as to reach the secluded islands on the beach or for having lunch or dinner in the floating restaurants. Definitely the most popular activity in Langkawi, Banana boating is the top favorite of all tourists.

    Price: Banana boating usually operates on sharing basis and the rates are applied on person basis.

  • 07Sailing

    Langkawi brings forth a number of options for sailing as well as the plenty of protected anchorages. In the last few years, the area has been recognized as the ideal sailing destination.

    Highlights: Annual sailing events such as Langkawi Regatta are organized here that tend to attract boats from across the globe. Some clubs and operators offer services of private cruise for an entire day.

    Location: Currently the island has 4 key marinas supported by a number of bases. All the bases have a number of top notch facilities for yachts around the islands. Out of these some marinas are even a part of the resort developments and offer all the amenities of the first class resort hotels as well as the other yacht services.

    Price: The price for sailing usually varies from operator to operator. It also depends on whether you go sailing on shared or private basis.

  • 08Kayaking

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    In Langkawi, there are a number of adventure tours organized and Kayaking is just one of them. Kayaks can be used to explore the mangroves and Kilim geopark.

    Location: The kayak will pass you through the narrow desolate channels of the Kilim river.

    Highlights: Kayaks will take you really close to the mangroves and you will be able to see the vipers on the mangroves and many other animals and bird life like herons, kingfishers, monkeys, crabs, walking fish and lot more. The Kayak adventure tours come in packages and include visits to the fossil islands, floating fish farm and the caves. Some will even combine a swimming and hiking by a jungle stream.

    Price: For adults the price is about 220 RM and for the children aged between 5-12 years, the price is about 140 RM.

    Best time: 9.30am; Mondays and Fridays: 10.30am. Duration of the trip is usually 5-5.5 hours