Turtle in Pulau Lang Tengah, Malaysia

Beginner’s Guide to Swimming with Turtles in Malaysia and Beyond

Beginner’s Guide to Swimming with Turtles in Malaysia and Beyond

Swimming with turtles has become one of the most unique and fun experience for most ocean-enthusiasts these days. These majestic creatures may seem slow on land, but they glide through the water with gracefulness and ease, making them a sight to behold.

Turtles play a vital role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem. They’re true superheroes, contributing to both aquatic and terrestrial environments. By munching on algae, aquatic plants, and other underwater species, they actively prevent the excessive growth of these organisms, keeping our waters clean and clear. Turtles are an irreplaceable part of our ecosystem – they’re like the glue that holds everything together. That’s why it’s absolutely essential that we take care of them and ensure their conservation.

Swimming with turtles allows rare experience of getting up close and personal with them.  When they gracefully swim around you, you are to enjoy an up-close view of their impressive shells. Some even said that swimming with turtles provided them a sense of calmness as they enter the peaceful underwater paradise and witness these creatures in their natural habitat!

Where is the best place to swim with turtles?

Malaysia is home to some of the best places for swimming with turtles in the world.

Tioman Island is one such destination that attracts tourists from far and wide for this amazing experience. This island boasts clear, turquoise water and rich marine life, allowing swimmers to spot a variety of turtles including the Green, Hawksbill, and Leatherback species.

Redang Island is another popular spot for swimming with these gentle creatures, providing visitors with the chance to witness turtles up close in their natural habitat. Other recommended destinations include Lang Tengah Island, Sipadan Island, Mataking Island and Pom Pom Island, all of which provide unforgettable experiences for those looking to swim with turtles in Malaysia.

When is the best time of year for optimal turtle encounters in Malaysia?

The recommended time of year for optimal turtle encounters in Malaysia varies depending on the location. However, generally, the nesting season for turtles in Malaysia occurs from April to September. During this period, several turtle species, such as green turtles and hawksbill turtles, come ashore to lay their eggs on the beaches. Whereas hatchlings emerge a few months later, usually from June to November.

To increase your chances of witnessing turtle encounters, it is advisable to plan your visit during the nesting season, particularly in the months of June and July when the hatchlings are making their way to the sea. Various locations in Malaysia, including islands like Perhentian Islands, Redang Island, Tioman Island and Lang Tengah Island, offer opportunities to observe these incredible marine creatures.

What to expect during your turtle swim?

Swimming with turtles is an incredible experience that allows you to observe these animals in their natural habitat. However, it’s important to know what to expect before diving into the water.

“Keep a safe distance and approach respectfully.”

Turtles are graceful and peaceful creatures that usually swim slowly; they may even rest on the sandy bottom or float near the surface. When approaching turtles, always keep a safe distance and approach them respectfully, avoiding direct contact or sudden movements that could scare them. Remember, turtles are wild animals and should be treated with caution. If you want to capture the best photos and videos with turtles, make sure to use underwater camera equipment that allows you to take shots from a distance.

“Think of the nature and what you could do to help preserving the beauty.”

Swimming with turtles is a magical experience that can remind us of the beauty and value of marine life. These encounters can inspire us to become better stewards of the environment by motivating us to protect our oceans and the creatures that live there. Turtles are a vital part of the marine ecosystem, playing roles in maintaining beaches, transporting nutrients, and providing food for other animals. By conserving marine habitats and reducing pollution, we can ensure that turtles and other marine animals can continue to thrive for future generations to enjoy.

This experience is one that you will treasure forever, leaving you with a newfound appreciation of nature.

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Malaysia Islands: Pulau Langkawi

Malaysia Islands: Pulau Langkawi

Pulau Langkawi
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Pulau Langkawi, also known as Langkawi Island, is well-known as one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia. With its popularity in tourism, it attracts thousands of local and international visitors all year round.

Pulau Langkawi is a spot never short of stunning beaches, lush green jungles and captivating views. It’s home to a wide variety of wildlife, such as monkeys, deer, otters and hornbills. Besides that, various exciting activities are offered by the shore such as snorkeling, jet skiing and parasailing. Without further ado, let’s check out what makes Pulau Langkawi so special!

Untouched Beauty on Pulau Langkawi

Popular Beaches on Pulau Langkawi

Pulau Langkawi is home to many beautiful beaches. Some popular beaches on the island include Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, and Tanjung Rhu. These beaches offer crystal-clear waters, soft sand, and plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.

Pantai Cenang, Pulau Langkawi
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Wildlife Sanctuaries in Pulau Langkawi

Some popular wildlife sanctuaries on the island include the Langkawi Elephant Sanctuary, Langkawi Bird Paradise, and Langkawi Wildlife Park. These sanctuaries provide visitors with the opportunity to see and learn about a variety of local animals, including elephants, birds, and reptiles.

Langkawi Bird Paradise
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The island is also home to several forests, including the Langkawi Geopark, an UNESCO World Heritage site. These forests are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, and make great spots for hiking, birdwatching, and other outdoor activities.

Cultural Colors of Pulau Langkawi

Local delicacies in Pulau Langkawi

Pulau Langkawi delicious local cuisines and delicacies are influenced by the island’s location in the Andaman Sea. You can expect some popular local dishes such as nasi lemak, satay and laksa on the island. However, along with the tourism growth in the island, there are more western cuisines and some middle eastern influences in the food options available these days.

Langkawi’s Shopping Centers, Duty Free and Traditional Markets

Variety of goods and souvenirs can be found in Pulau Langkawi, some even tax-free!

Langkawi’s duty-free stores offer a wide range of tobacco products, liquors, chocolates, sportswear, luggage, perfumes and more. The popular duty-free shopping spots in Langkawi included Teow Soon Huat Duty-Free Shopping and The Zon Duty Free Zone.

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Besides that, the island’s main shopping district is located in Kuah, which is home to modern shopping centers such as the Langkawi Parade and the Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall. There are also several traditional markets on the island, such as the Langkawi Night Market, where visitors can find local handicrafts, clothing, and other items.

Landmarks in Pulau Langkawi

Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved pedestrian bridge that is suspended 700 meters above sea level and offers stunning panoramic views of Langkawi’s rainforest and mountains. The Sky Bridge is located on the peak of Gunung Mat Cincang and can be reached by a cable car ride.

Langkawi Sky Bridge
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Eagle Square, also known as Dataran Lang, this is a prominent landmark located at the southeast corner of Langkawi Island. The square features a 12-meter-tall statue of an eagle with its wings spread, symbolizing the island’s name (Langkawi means “eagle” in Malay). The Eagle Square is a popular spot for tourists to take photos and enjoy views of the harbor and nearby islands.

Dataran Helang (Eagle Square Langkawi)
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Famous Accommodations in Pulau Langkawi

Pulau Langkawi has plenty options when it comes to accommodation, price ranged from as low as less than RM50 per night to some of the most luxurious stays in the country. These are the three resorts that serves the most enriched island experience on the island:

The Datai Langkawi

The Datai Langkawi
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Located in a secluded rainforest on the northwestern tip of the island, The Datai Langkawi features suites and villas that are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. The resort is also known for its wide range of facilities, including spa treatments, golf, beach bar and water sports.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort

Berjaya Langkawi Resort
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Berjaya Resort is a beachfront resort set amidst a lush tropical rainforest and overlooks the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea. They offer private villas that are built elegantly on stilts above playful waves. One of the unique features of the resort is its location on a private beach, which offers guests a peaceful and secluded setting for relaxation and sunbathing. The beach is also home to various marine life and coral reefs, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Tanjung Rhu Resort

Tanjung Rhu Resort
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This 5-star accommodation on Langkawi is known for its attractive mash of modern comforts and traditional designs. Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi is nestled in the cool shade of rustling Casuarina trees on a 2.5 km white-sand beach, where you can expect privacy and tranquillity. You can also embark on an adventure by exploring the mangrove trails and following the tour given by the hotel.

How to get to Pulau Langkawi?

By Air

The most convenient way to get to Pulau Langkawi is by flying to the Langkawi International Airport (LGK), which is located on the island. The airport is serviced by a number of domestic and international airlines, including Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Malaysia Airports.

By Ferry

Another option is to take a ferry from Malaysia’s mainland to Pulau Langkawi. Ferries depart from several locations in Malaysia, including Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis, and Penang. The ferry ride usually takes about 1-2 hours, depending on the departure point.

By Road

You can either take a bus or drive down the North-South Expressway to the town of Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis, and then catch a ferry to Pulau Langkawi. There are several bus companies that offer this route, including Transnasional and Konsortium Bas Ekspres Semenanjung.

 

Malaysia’s islands offer a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, delicious cuisine, and outdoor activities.

With so much to see and do, Pulau Langkawi is a must-visit destination for any traveler looking for an unforgettable island vacation experience.

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Diving at Lang Tengah Island, Malaysia

Island Hopping around Malaysia’s Lang Tengah Island

Island Hopping around Malaysia’s Lang Tengah Island

Island hopping refers to the travelling between different islands in the same region. Besides being able to explore multiple destinations within one trip, you get to have a glimpse of the unique culture and attractions on each island.

Island hopping can be done by air, sea or land, depending on your preference and budget.

In Malaysia where we are blessed with groups of beautiful islands, island hopping on a speedboat is rather the most popular option here.

Lang Tengah, Malaysia and Its Neighbouring Islands

Lang Tengah Island is a beautiful and secluded island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Located between Perhentian Islands and Redang Island, making it the popular destination for a getaway and perfect stay for island hopping.

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Activities on Lang Tengah Island

The tranquil waters surrounding Lang Tengah offer an array of activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and even sailing. With its pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and lush tropical rainforest, Lang Tengah Island is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a laid-back beach holiday with plenty of activities to keep them entertained. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Lang Tengah has something to offer.

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Island Hopping around Lang Tengah

What is it like to engage in island hopping around Lang Tengah Island?

Through snorkeling or diving, you get to explore the incredible beauty of the underwater world around Lang Tengah Island. The ocean will keep you entertained with its vast array of sea creatures, colorful corals and mesmerizing plants. You may even spot exotic fish like angelfish, parrotfish, and butterflyfish as they flit around the coral reefs.

As you explore deeper into the ocean depths, you’ll find an even more diverse range of sea life including rays, eels, jellyfish, and starfish. Consider getting a diving licence during your stay, as being certified and skill-equipped opens up your underwater world journey!

Summer Bay Resort, Lang Tengah Island offers various level of PADI certified diving courses, explore our packages here:

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Tips for Island Hopping around Lang Tengah Island

Planning on having an island-hopping trip around Malaysia islands soon? Here’s something that you might want to keep in mind!

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Best Visiting Period

On the east coast of peninsular, the dry season usually runs from March to October. If you are interested in snorkeling or diving, the dry season is generally the best time to visit. As the weather is more stable during dry season, you can expect the waters to be clearer and with better visibility.

Duration of Stay

A 4D3N will be ideal if you are interested in snorkelling and diving activities. Whereas, if you are planning on getting a diving licence, consider spend more days on the home island and an extra one to two days for your adventure.

Type of Transportation

Despite the more private and quiet atmosphere Lang Tengah Island offers, it is highly accessible for visitors. The best way to get to Lang Tengah is a domestic flight to Kuala Terengganu and then get on a ferry at the Mangkuk jetty.

Usually, ferries operate regularly and the journey takes about 1-2 hours, depending on the departure point. From the ferry terminal on Lang Tengah, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to your destination on the island.

As for guests of Summer Bay Resort, we have both land and boat transfers figured out for you. Let us know your arrival time and we will take care of the rest.

Place to Stay

Island hopping can be a cost-effective way to travel, as you can often find deals on flights and accommodations when you visit multiple destinations. However, it is important to find a comfortable place throughout your stay.

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Top 5 Malaysia Islands to Visit in 2023

How much do you know about Malaysia islands?

“Pulau” is what Malaysians normally call an island. Malaysia has as many as 878 islands according to National Department of Survey and Mapping, and they are no stranger to tourists! However, depending on the location, some of them are habitable and passable, whereas some are yet not explored.

The popular islands in Malaysia include Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor Island on the west side; while Perhentian Island, Redang Island and Tioman Island are in the east. In comparison, the islands on east coast gathered more tourism visits due to the excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Although most of Malaysia islands are in the Borneo region, it does not always have to be a long trip to enjoy an island getaway. In fact, there are some scenic islands that are easily accessible via plane or road.

Without further ado, let’s dive into (puns intended) the 5 must-visit islands in Malaysia for the upcoming year!

1.    Lang Tengah Island / Pulau Lang Tengah

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The smallest island in Terengganu State, Lang Tengah Island got its name from a combination of the eagle’s habitat and its central location between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang. The island is known for its laid back and peaceful atmosphere due to its small size and limited number of resorts. The crystal clear water and white sandy beach is nothing short of a painter’s work. There was even a famous movie filmed in Lang Tengah Island!

  • Visiting Season:

April to September

  • Transportation:

By plane: Take domestic flight Kuala Terengganu, which is the nearest airport to Lang Tengah Island. From Kuala Terengganu, you can catch a boat to Lang Tengah Island. The boat ride from Kuala Terengganu to Lang Tengah Island takes about 30 mins to one hour.

By road and water: Another option is to drive or take a bus to Kuala Terengganu. Then you can catch a boat to Lang Tengah Island.

2.    Tioman Island / Pulau Tioman

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A small volcanic island known as a tropical rainforest paradise; Tioman Island is a rather well-developed commercial destination that is located 30 km off the east coast of Pahang. It has been a traveler’s favorite for years, particularly for locals and Singaporean tourists.

Besides the obvious beautiful ocean and beaches, Tioman Island is also well-known for its splendid underwater world. The island offers various water activities for visitors to participate and explore marine life. Strange and beautiful corals are easily spotted in the water of Tioman Island.

  • Visiting Season

Late February to October

  • Transportation

By road: Drive or take a bus Mersing, which is the main town on the mainland near Tioman Island. From Mersing, you can catch a ferry to the island.

By plane: You can also fly from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island. There are several airlines that operate flights to Tioman Island, including AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. The flight takes about one hour.

3.    Langkawi Island / Pulau Langkawi

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Langkawi Island, the largest island in Malaysia. The name is derived from the reddish-brown eagle, thus the iconic building Eagle Square in Langkawi. Besides the famous Langkawi Sky Bridge and Langkawi Underwater World aquarium, you can also experience fun water activities on the island.

A boat ride is at your disposal, simply get a boat ticket then the beautiful scenery around the island is all yours. If you are lucky, you can even witness dolphins jumping in the sea from the boat!

  • Visiting Season

December to March

  • Transportation

By plane: The fastest and most convenient way to get to Langkawi is by plane. There are several airlines that operate flights from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, including AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. The flight takes about one hour.

By road and water: Another option is to drive or take a bus to Kuala Perlis, which is a port town on the mainland near Langkawi. From Kuala Perlis, you can catch a ferry to Langkawi. The ferry ride takes about one hour.

4.    Layang-Layang Island / Pulau Layang-Layang

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There’s a gem laying on the opposite of Borneo. Layang-layang island is the sapphire in the sea. Why so? The island’s location has resulted in the water and coral reefs being pollution-free. Due to that, it is also known as one of the world’s top ten diving destinations.

By diving into 30-60 meters water depth, you could see hammerhead sharks, dolphins, manta rays, and various rare large marine creatures that are spectacular! Layang-layang island is a must-visit for any diving-enthusiast!

  • Visiting Season

March to October

  • Transportation

By plane: Domestic flights from Kuala Lumpur to Layang-Layang Island are provided by AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines.

By road and water: If you are based in the east Malaysia, you could drive to Kota Kinabalu. From there, you can catch a ferry to Layang-Layang Island which takes about six hours.

 

5.    Mataking Island / Pulau Mataking

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An exclusive luxury island resort located in Sandakan, Sabah, Mataking Island Resort offers stunning ocean views and a tropical atmosphere that is loved by foreign tourists and couples. There are activities such as snorkeling, canoeing, and bonfires on the island. Besides that, a turtle hatchery and a peacock conservation area are built to allow deeper understanding of the natural ecosystem. What more to ask for a holiday full of knowledge and fun?

The Mataking Island Resort also provides comfortable ocean view rooms, allowing you to enjoy the tranquility of the ocean as soon as you open your eyes.

  • Visiting Season

April to June

  • Transportation

By plane: Take domestic flight to Tawau, which is the nearest airport to Mataking Island. From Tawau, you can catch a boat to Mataking Island.

By road and water: Another option is to drive or take a bus to Tawau. From Tawau, you can catch a boat to Mataking Island.

Are you amazed by the beautiful Malaysia islands yet?

Each island speaks in its very own unique characteristics, although all will indulge you with beautiful beaches, secluded bays, splendid underwater world and even more island activities!

If you’re looking for a perfect vacation destination, any Malaysia’s island would be the right choice!

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