Langkawi is actually made up of 99 islands. The largest of which being Pulau Langkawi, while some of the others appear to be mere dots in the emerald green ocean when viewed from the air.
Pulau Payar is the main diving destiation despite the presence of a lot of diving operators in Langkawi. Located 30 kilometers off Langkawi ths Marine Park consists of 4 islands. It possesses the largest amount of coral varieties in the country, which mainly includes vibrant colored soft corals. However, the visibility is not as clear as the other locations in Malaysia, but the abundant marine life makes up for it. There is an underwater observation chamber and a large pontoon, where vehicles carrying day trippers moor up.
Those who love a tropical island holiday and a place far from the maddening crowd will find their haven in Langakawi Island. The outstanding natural landscapes of the Langkawi Islands proclaim them a true tropical paradise. Besides its whites sandy beaches and limestone hills, its lush vegetation filled with exotic flora and fauna would attract natural lovers.
Local folklore has it that Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or "helang" as it is known in the Malay language. "Lang" for short and in old Malay, "kawi" denotes reddish brown; hence, Langkawi simply means reddish brown eagle. Where once, a group of 99 islands lay under a curse of a wrongly accused princess, there is today a new beginning, a new light, and as result a new budding and thriving holiday hideaway. The Langkawi you see today has been transformed almost beyond recognition. This is the legendary island where now major international businessmen meet to form new ventures and conclude deals whilst relaxing. The curse that lasted for seven generations can surely be said to have been lifted.