Pulau Beras Basah: Our Own Private Island

 

 

      According to our tourist guide, there are 99 islands in Langkawi (high tide count perhaps since I read somewhere that there are 104 islands).  You could probably see half of them when you book an “island hopping” tour that takes you to Langkawi’s three more accessible islands.  Our first stop was Pulau Beras Basah (literally translated as “Island of Wet Rice“).

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      We took a motorboat from the Jetty Port of Langkawi in Kuah Town and after a smooth 45 minute ride passing through the scenic sights of the islands and islets of Langkawi (with lush vegetation!), we docked in the Island of Beras Basah.

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      While there are multitude of tourists in Langkawi (the port is teeming with tourists), we didn’t notice this in this island.  In fact, our tour group (an Indian couple and an Arab family of five) was the only one there at that time! It was like having your own private island for a day.  There was nothing much to do but swim and lounge in the powdery soft white sand beach.  It works that there is no hotel in the island so the environment and forest cover is not desecrated (well, at least, not too much).  We didn’t bring any snorkeling gear so we cannot comment on the beauty of the waters in this island.  But the beach was beautiful and the water warm and inviting  …

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      Since the island is uninhabited by humans, monkeys literally own the place.  One should be careful where you place your things (especially food) as these monkeys have a penchant for sneaking in and grabbing your things!

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      After an hour of enjoying the secluded beach, it was time to get back to our motorboat and proceed to the next island …

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