Pulau Dayang Bunting: A Beautiful Lake

 

 

       Pulau Dayang Bunting, literally means “Island of the Pregnant Maiden“, is the third island we visited in our island-hopping tour of Langkawi – after swimming in the warm crystal clear waters of secluded beach of Pulau Beras Basah and eagle-feeding in the shores of lush green island of Pulau Singa Besar.

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       When we docked in the island, we didn’t know what to expect since the travel brochure did not mention much about this island.  The highlight of the island-hopping tour is the eagle feeding we witnessed in the second island. So getting here, we felt, was anti-climactic.  But we were wrong.

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       Pulau Dayang Bunting is the second largest island in the Langkawi archipelago.  It is known not for it’s beaches (very rocky) but for a beautiful FRESH WATER lake tucked deep in the middle of the island.  The lake is called Tasik Dayang Bunting, or the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.  You get there by climbing up a series of well-made concrete steps, probably 200 steps in all – and could be quite challenging for the physically unfit like me.  But when you get to the lake, you are rewarded with a magnificent sight – a calm, deep green lake enclosed by forest-covered hills.  I can sit there the whole day and meditate …

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      … Or one can do several aquatic activities there, including riding solar-powered boats!  They are so particular about maintaining the environment here – there are no toilets in the vicinity of the lake and the boats do not use petrol.  We just sat near the edge of the lake and admired the beauty of the place.  What a perfect way to end our island-hopping tour.

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