Langkawi is considered to be Malaysia’s top tourist destination and is well known by its many natural attractions including the UNESCO Geoparks, its rainforest, mangrove forest, forest on limestone and the fauna that are found here.
Very little has been done to highlight its marine attractions although there are regular sightings of dolphins, whales and migratory whale sharks. There has also been some stranding of whales and carcasses of dolphins and even Whale sharks washed up on some of the island’s beaches.
There is an urgent need to establish a research facility to gather scientific data and develop the necessary conservation measures that is required to protect these truly amazing creatures. The center will also develop the best practice needed for the tourism potential of whale watching, dolphin watching and whale shark watching.