The Golf Club, Datai Bay
The Golf Club Datai Bay is nestle between the mountain and the sea. Set at the foothills of Gunung Mat Chinchang, the 5,994m 18-holes par-72 course is surrounded by a millions of years old rain forest with the Andaman Sea to the east. The fairways are set into between the forest with many variety of trees lining them... It is cool and pleasant round of golf...
The 1st Nine plays to 2,997m from the blue tees... while the 2nd Nine plays to 2,997m as well... For those who cannot settle their betting scores after the regular 18 holes, there is the dead heat hole#19 to settle the score... hole#19 is a par 3 scenic hole by the sea and is the club's signature hole...
The green fees of RM350 per golfer (inclusive of buggy) is rather stiff for a Malaysian course... Senior citizens above 50 years are charged RM200 for a round of 18-holes golf... The same charges are applicable for weekdays and weekends play...
Equipment: The clubhouse is a basic single storey free-standing building that blends into the forest setup... There are both men and ladies changing rooms, a golfers terrance and a pro shop run by Pan West...
Scuba diving at Pulau Payar Marine Park
I went diving for a day in Langkawi but it was a bit disappointing. No photos I'm afraid as my digital camera had gone wrong. The location was Pulau Payar Marine Park situated in the northern part of the Straits of Malacca, 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi and which encompasses the islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang and Pulau Kaca.
Considering its location, and the fact that just a little further north in Thailand there is a some great diving, the diving here did not meet expectations. That will teach me to have expectations in the first place!
The first dive was on an artificial reef that looked quite new. The Goodyear Reef, as its name implies, is just a load of tyres that have been sunk for corals to grow on. The coral growth has started but has a way to go yet before the tyres are covered. I saw some large box fish and some carpet-patterned wrasse or groupers among other stuff.
Probably the highlight of the day was lunch. This was on the small island of Pulau Payar where shark feeding on the beach is a daily ritual. Food is taking into the shallows where several small, blacktip reef sharks come in to feed.
The second dive was at Pulau Kaca. This was a real reef at least. I saw pipefish, tuna, barracuda, boxfish and a blue-spotted stingray.
An entry fee of RM5.00 for adults and RM2.50 for children is charged for admission into the marine park which will normally be included in the price of your diving package.
The advertised price for the trip, including transfers and lunch, was 220 Ringgits but I was given a discount of 40 Ringgits straight away without asking. They are so desperate for business after the bombing that everything is on offer.
Equipment: Equipment was provided but it was awful. This was the first time I had not been 'measured up' before the trip for gear. I arrived at the dive site where they looked me up and down and handed over the necessary equipment. It was adequate but I can't say any more than that. Foolishly I did not take my own mask and the one they gave me leaked like hell. It rather spoils the dive when you are clearing your mask every 3 minutes.
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Diving in Pulau Payar
Honestly speaking, diving is not top-notch over here. Viz and coral life can be better. But this is a good place to dive if you love lobsters, barracudas, sharks and bannerfish. There's lots of these little fellas out here. Check out the giant barracuda and the giant grouper if you happen to be at the house reef.
Equipment: Arranged my dive trip with EastMarines at Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.
A two tank dive cost me about RM220.
The staff were very friendly, professional and re-assuring.
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Beautiful Scenery at Mount RAYA
this time our in Langkawi , i decide to play golf with my daugther Sabrina..as now she is 24 h/cap for 12 years old girl.hm not bad haH ...Overal The course is frindly with big green and fairway ..the scenery is beautiful but the green need to be maintained .Play in the morning so you can breath fresh air and cool climate
Equipment: Rental club is varies from rm 50 to 100 depend whats club you want to rent.green fees is around rm 100
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Gunung Raya Golf Resort
The 18-holes par-72 course is designed by Max Wexler and is located on the foothills of the Gunung Raya...the rather short course measures 5,879m from the blue tees... with the 1st Nine at 2,828m and the 2nd Nine at 3,015m... The 1st Nine is rather flat while is 2nd Nine is more undulating with water coming into play at many holes...
The green fees at RM200 per golfer and RM30 per shared buggy is a bit expensive... Charges are applicable on both weekdays and weekends... The course is open 7-days a week...
Equipment: The club has a rather well equipped pro shop... There are also the upgraded male and lady changing room...
Pantai Tengkorak is the only beach worth such name in Langkawi - waterwise. The water is actually clear and with a blue-turquoise colour. The beach itself is small but lovely. What sets this place apart, water quality aside, is that it is largely tourist-free. The beach is visited almost only by local families - and it is a very friendly place.
There's nothing there, except the beach: no bar, no restaurat... just a toilet. On Christmas Day there was a woman selling some water and some fruits, but I don't believe she goes there very day, when everyone is at work.
Equipment: A swimsuit. Because local people bathe fully dressed, maybe it's not such a bad idea to swim in a t-shirt.
Pantai Cenang is the most popular beach on the island: a 2 kilometres long stretch of sand, coconut and casuarina trees, and a long row of vars, restaurants, hotels, bungalows and discos to keep people entertained.
This is the place (honestly) where you can find a pizzeria run by a briton who thinks that pizzas do come with bolognese sauce on top, just to give you an example. I found it overcrowded and depressing... the worst beach on the island, with the nurkiest water.
Equipment: A swimsuit and not much else.
pantai tanjung rhu
Tanjung Rhu is regarded as one of Langkawi's best beaches, and I surely agree with it. The beach is wide, white, sloping and fringed by many casuarina trees and few palm trees. Most of it is a public beach.
Out in the middle of the sea there are some interesting limestone formations that remind vaguely of Phi Phi Islands - however the water quality here isn't quite the same. It's possible to walk out to the formations at low tide, while swimming there is not recommended due to strong currents.
Tanjung Rhu is also the starting point for trips along the Kilim river (for the infamous eagle feeding), limestone caves and mangrove swamps.
Equipment: You just need a swimsuit.
pantai teluk burau
I am fond of Pantai Teluk Burau, not only because it's where we stayed but also because the scenery is breathtaking... scenery-wise it's the most beautiful place I saw in Langkawi. The coastline, especially at low tide (when you can walk out to nearby Burau island), is at times rugged - then it opens up to an amazing bay and a long white sandy beach fringed by lush tropical vegetation. The rainforest is only a few yeards away.
As for the water: not really excellent (yet better than panntai kok and pantai cenang) - it's quite dark in colour, not because it's murky but because it's rich in plancton (I think). Generally speaking it's not very transparent, making snorkeling impossible
Equipment: A swimsuit is all you need.
Pantai Kok is a long beach about 25 kilometres from Kuah town. Most of it is lined with resorts,
at least until you reach the Telaga Harbour Park... then as you head towards Burau bay it becomes unspoilt and turns into the place where locals go for a dip or a picnic. You may even see some fishermen's boats when the tide is low.
Pantain Kok is made of white sand and swaying palms - in other words beautiful to see BUT... the water quality is quite poor. It's great for walks, not for swimming, especially near Burau Bay, where the beach is nearly deserted. As for snorkeling: forget about it.
Equipment: You just need a swimsuit - nothing else.
There are many operators that runs water sport activities almost at all over the famous beaches in Langkawi. You might not want to miss the fun of the activities offered by them. Generally the price is as follows :-
1) Jet Ski - RM110 for 30 minutes
2) Parasailing - RM80 per person
3) Banana Boat - RM25 per person
4) Water Ski - RM65 for 15 minutes
5) Island Hopping - RM35 per person
6) Payar Island (SCUBA or Snorkel) - start from RM130 to RM250
7) Fishing (Trolling) - RM350
8) Mangrove Trip (from Pantai Tengah) - RM160 per adult and RM80 per child below 8 years old
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Fishing with Local Fisherman
As Langkawi is an island and its surrounded with sea, fishing is great activities to be done. Many agents are offering fishing trips openly to any angler or groups that wanted to fulfill their time by doing fishing.
Another way of fishing is by doing it with a local fisherman. I do have an uncle in Langkawi who is a fulltime fisherman. His boat is not a big one that can only catered for 2 to 3 person per trip. He has many secret fishing ground all over Langkawi and its surrounding. His boat is being placed at Sungai Kisap.
You may look at my travelogue to know more about
my fishing trip with my uncle. If you are not an angler, at least by viewing this travelogue, you may view some beautiful natural scenery during my trip with him.
Contact me if you are interested so that I may ask my uncle's permission to bring you for a day fishing and learn how the local Langkawi fisherman performs their routine tasks.
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Langkawi Int. Maritime & Aerospace Exhibitions
LIMA started in 1991 and since then it has become an important event held in Langkawi. The most recent LIMA was hosted in 2005. Participations comes many countries inc. USA and even Russia. Lots of military gadgets being displayed here where the Aerospace Exhibition is near the Langkawi International Airport and the Maritime is being shown at Porto Malai. This exhibition is not meant only for military gadgets, planes or ships but also showing commercial purposes gadgets related to Aerospace & Maritime.
I had the opportunity to visit LIMA for a few times since my first visit in 1993. And the most interesting moment about this show is watching the airshows inc. the Red Arrows from UK and we can even buy lots of military related badges from the soldiers/officers themself.
It is an event not to be missed. If you are planning visit this exhibition, I suggest arrangement should be made earlier to avoid fullhouse booking on hotel and flight.
Equipment: 1) Binocular
2) Digital Camera & Video
3) 'Ray Ban' / Sunglases
4) Mineral water for sure....
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Fishing Without Renting A Boat
My personal schedule to visit Langkawi is minimum by twice per year. And at any one time, i will spend a least a week there because few of my family members live there. I won't miss the fishing activity of course.
There are few areas in Langkawi to fish without renting a boat whereby you may fish just along the shore or beaches. In Kuah town itself, there is a river by the name of Sungai Kuah. At night you may fish here during the high tide for fish like barramuddi.
Another spot will be at the Pantai Kok. You may fish at the spot nearby the entrance of the marina and lighthouse or nearby the rocky structure for variety of coral fishes especially medium size grouper. Ensure you pick the right timing for fishing here so you won't get disappointed.
Another way is to walk along the wave barrier (you can see it if you reach langkawi by flight, area is nearby to the airport). You may walk along it (the lenght is more than a kilometre) and fish. Good quality fish such as mangrove jack and snappers can be caught here.
As if you intend to have an experience fishing with local fisherman, you may contact me so i can arrange it with my uncle who is a local fisherman there. Good experience indeed because you may follow him for 3 days atsea, see the traditional ways of fishing & squid catch, snorkeling in private places and of course do you own fishing.
Equipment: For beach / shore fishing, long medium rods for long distance throwing is recommended. Bait in form of 'seaworm' or local call it 'umpun-umpun' can be bought in 2 places (1 in a tackle shop at Kuah and 1 in a tackle shop at Padang Matsirat )
Not the spot for some underwater activity
The one thing that really disappointed me about Langkawi was that the visibility in the water is so poor. I'm not overly keen on scuba diving, but I do love to snorkel, but there wasn't any point in even trying here. You just couldn't see anything. This is definitly not the place to come if that's what you want to do!
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