Langkawi Unesco Geopark Mangrove Cruise

Langkawi Unesco Geopark Mangrove Cruise

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Mangrove ecology.
  • Wildlife observation
  • Cave exploration
  • Places to visit are: Tanjung Rhu River, Kisap River, Kilim River, Unesco Geopark Site, Crocodile Cave or bat cave (depending on tide) and Fish Farm. 

RATES: 

  • Sharing trip available daily RM180 per person
  • Child price apply for children of ages 5 to 12 years old RM120 per child.
  • A minimum of One (1) adult is required to be eligible for child ticket prices.
  • Private trip available Daily at 8.00am, 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm departure at RM800 per boat - maximum 8 people per boat 

 

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TOUR DESCRIPTIONS:

This excursion is the most highly recommended trip in Langkawi. Join our guide on this most memorable outing of the best Langkawi has to offer and take home lasting impressions of this magical place.

Sheer limestone cliffs, fiords and sea stacks majestically rise like ancient temples out of the ocean. The porous nature of limestone that is continually exposed to the dehydrating sun, wind and salt from the oceans have resulted in the growth of a unique flora some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Rain and the tidal movements will weather and shape these stunning Karst formations giving rise to numerous caves, crevasses and canyons.

Mangrove forests play an essential part in maintaining the ecological balance of the world. They influence the climate, provide shelter and act as major nurseries for fish and shrimps.Our journey takes us on a voyage of exploration to discover exotic plants and animal species; many of them surviving by gifted methods in a dynamic environment of constant change dictated by the rise and fall on the tides.

We may have opportunities to observe the bizarre land walking fishes, kingfishers,kites and if we are very lucky, dolphins and otters too. Let our experienced guide take you back into time for a tour surely not to be missed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Pick up time for sharing trip: 9:30 am to 10:00 am, depending which hotel you are staying at.
  • Tour Duration: 4 hours approximately: 2.5 hrs hours on boat + 1.5 hour transfers. Back at the hotel by 2:00pm-2:15pm. 
  • Transfer duration estimated, subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeing.
  • Recommended Attire: T-shirts, shorts or pants, sandals or walking shoes and some sun protection.
  • Ensure to have water proof bag for camera and phone.
  • Fitness Level : Easy

 

NOTE

Similar tours are offered by various Langkawi operators. However, our tours are unique, fun and informative. Our well trained and knowledgeable nature guide will share his insight to the importance of the geopark and watching wildlife in their natural habitat. We don't need to include any gimmicky activities such as eagle feeding, monkey feeding and monitor lizard feeding. These are extremely harmful, unhealthy and unsustainable ecological practices - we do not condone such practices and advise you not to support such activities.

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What's Included:

  • Return Transfers
  • English-Speaking Nature Guide
  • Boat Ride on Explorer boat with Bimini cover
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bottle water

What's Not Included:

  • Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Gratuities 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals 
Team Profiles

Team Profiles

Azri

Azri

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

~ Lao Tzu

Most love spending time with the nature but often at loss when it comes to designing activities. Fret not for Azri is our go-to-guy.

Junglewalla Tours Nature Guides

Elis

Elis has love affair with mountain climbing developed her interest with Mother Nature by joining the Jungewalla team early November 2015.

Regardless of long weeks with many tours, Elis has never stopped the exhilarating hobby of mountain climbing ever since she moved to Langkawi. Putting her strength and endurance in test on most of her off days has made her a finer storyteller from deep within. Maybe, this is why she became many of our guests’ favorite!

 
Birdwatching Tour Halfday

Birdwatching Tour Halfday

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy observing Langkawi's wild birds in its natural habitat.
  • Immerse  in Langkawi natural landscape and surrounding. 
  • Good chance to check √  your list and achieve your target birds.
  • Get good photograph of Langkawi's birds and landscape in your lens
  • Birders can write in advance and let us know the target birds. 

RATES: 

  • Price at RM200 per person per session - 4hours
  • Minimum 2 adults per booking. Not recommended for children.
  • Choose either MORNING departure  at 7:30 am to 11.30am 
  • or AFTERNOON departure (3:30 pm to 7.30pm)
  • For serious birder, 2 days birdwatching trip (4 sessions) available upon request with minimum 2 persons per trip.

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TOUR DESCRIPTIONS: 

Langkawi is home to approximately 267 species of birds, of which about one third are migrants. These migrants winter here between the months of November to April. Outside these months, we will still get to see the resident birds. 

The most suitable time to observe birds at the equator is either early morning or early evening when they are most active. This tour is suitable for both the serious birder and the birding enthusiast. This half day tour is spread over two sessions. You can either do them both or the one you most prefer.

OPTION 1
Morning Session : Time: 7.30am - 11.30am

Habitat: Rainforest Corridor, Mangrove Forest, Plantation

The open corridor between the rainforest is best for observing rainforest birds. Among the birds we may see are Flower Peckers, Hill Mynas, Dollarbirds, Green Pigeons, Drongos, Tailorbirds, Babblers, Bulbuls, Sunbirds, Eagles, Woodpeckers and Oriental-pied Hornbills.

Our next destination takes us to a mangrove forest to search out the Brown-winged Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Common Sandpiper and Little Heron.

Finally we make our way to plantations where we may get to see Blue-throated Bee-eaters, Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, Peaceful Doves and Spotted Doves. Return to hotel before noon.

OPTION 2
Afternoon Session : Time: 3.30pm - 7.30pm
Habitat: Wetland, Disturb Forest, Mountain Rainforest 

We begin this session with a short drive to a local village pond that is frequented by Lesser Whistling-Ducks, Little Egrets, Little Herons, Moorhens, Little Grebes, Pond Herons, Needle-tailed Swifts and Striated Swallows.

Along the way we make a stop at Paddy field in search of birds associated with this habitat. We may get to see Lapwings, Pond Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, White-throated Kingfisher and Plain-backed Sparrows.

We then drive to the highest peak in Langkawi to see Great Hornbills, Wreathed Hornbills and other rainforest species. These amazing birds will be the highlight of the trip. The Great Hornbills measuring 1.3meters (4 feet) from tip of beak to tip of tail, are the largest birds in Langkawi. Return to hotel.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Morning session pick up time by 7.30am.
  • Afternoon session pick up time by 3.30pm
  • Tour Duration: 4 hours approximately.
  • Recommended Attire: T shirts, shorts or pants, walking shoes, hat and good sun protection, keep to earth colors like green brown or black and avoid bright colors like red, yellow, and white.
  • Required moderate fitness level, there will be some short walk.
  • Not suitable for children below 12 years old.

Note: Junglewalla subscribe to the Birdlife International Guidelines for Best Practices on Bird Tourism for this tour. We promise to do our very best to get your target birds but we will not participate in feeding, bait and bird calls. 

Download Langkawi Bird list 2018

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What's Included:

  • Return Transfers
  • English-Speaking Nature Guide
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bottle water
  • Binocular to use (we advise to bring your own)

What's Not Included:

  • Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Gratuities 
  • Personal Expenses
Birdwatching Tour – 2 Days

Birdwatching Tour – 2 Days

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy observing Langkawi's wild birds in its natural habitat.
  • Seeing and experiencing Langkawi's endemic birds.
  • Immerse  in Langkawi natural landscape and surrounding. 
  • Good chance to tick √  your list.
  • Get good photograph of Langkawi's birds and landscape in your lens
  • Birders/photographer encourage to write in advance and let us know if you have any target birds. 

RATES: 

  • 2 days trip (4 sessions) available upon request/availability at RM1500 for minimum 2 persons. 
  • Not recommended for children
  • Please write to us at least 7 days in advance.

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TOUR DESCRIPTIONS:

Langkawi has a rich diversity of ecosystems and habitat types. This includes lowland broadleaf rainforest, mangrove forest, reed beds, rice paddies, orchards, scrublands and mudflats. This therefore ensures a correspondingly rich diversity in birdlife on the island. This tour is suitable for serious birders between November to April only.

There are 3 species of Hornbills including the Great Hornbill, 8 species of Kingfishers including the Brown-winged Kingfisher, 20 species of birds of prey including the Mountain Hawk Eagle, 6 species of owls including the Brown Hawk Owl, 4 species of woodpeckers including The Great Slaty Woodpecker, 4 species of munias including the White-headed Munia, 5 species of sunbirds including the Crimson Sunbird along with many species of rails, crakes, plovers, egrets, herons, snipes and sandpipers.

Day 1 - Session 1: Pick up time: 7.30am
Itinerary: Rainforest Birds and Mangrove Forest Birds

The open corridor between tracks of  rainforest is best for observing these birds. Among the birds we may see are Flower Peckers, Hill Mynas, Dollarbirds, Green Pigeons, Drongos, Tailorbirds, Babblers, Bulbuls, Sunbirds, Eagles, Woodpeckers and Oriental-pied Hornbils

Our next destination takes us to a mangrove forest to search out Brown-winged Kingfishers, Collared Kingfishers, Black-capped Kingfishers, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Bhraminy Kites, Common Sandpipers and Little Herons. Return to hotel at 11.30am

Day 1 - Session 2: Pick up time: 3.30pm
Itinerary: Mountain Birds and wetland birds

A short drive to a local village pond that is frequented by Lesser Whistling-Ducks, Little Egrets, Little Herons, Moorhens, Little Grebes, Pond Herons, Needle-tailed Swifts and Striated Swallows.

We drive to the highest peak in Langkawi to see the Great Hornbills and Wreathed Hornbills. These amazing birds will be the highlight of the trip. The Great Hornbills, measures at 1.3meters (4 feet) from tip of beak to tip of tail, are the largest birds in Langkawi. Return to hotel at 7.30pm

Day 2 - Session 1: Pick up time: 7.30am
Itinerary: Scrubland, Disturbed Forest, Mudflats and Plantations Birds.

Depending on the tide, we might start at the mudflat area where we get to see Pacific Golden Plovers, Sand Martins, Sand Pipers and Artic Warblers. We then continue on to scrubland rainforest in search of Black-hooded Orioles and continue on to plantations in the hope of seeing Chestnut-breasted Malkohas and Blue-wing Pittas. Return to hotel at 11.30am

Day 2 - Session 2: Pick up time: 3.30pm 
Itinerary: Paddyfield Birds

We make our way to the paddyfields in search of birds associated with this habitat. We may get to see Sandpipers, Plovers, Lapwings, Pond Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, White-throated Kingfishers, Peaceful Doves, Spotted Doves and Plain-backed Sparrows. We will use this day as last chance to get any target birds that we have not seen yet. Return to hotel at 7.30pm

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Pick up time by 7.30am for morning trip and 3.30pm for afternoon trip.
  • Tour Duration:  16 hours approximately spread over 2 days.
  • Recommended Attire: T shirts, shorts, walking shoes, hat and good sun protection, keep to earth colors like green brown or black and avoid bright colors like red, yellow, and white.
  • Required moderate fitness level, there will be some short walk.
  • Not suitable for children.

Note: Junglewalla subscribe to the Birdlife International Guidelines for Best Practices on Bird Tourism for this tour. We promise to do our very best to get your target birds but we will not participate in feeding, bait and bird calls. 

Download Langkawi Bird list 2018
Read Trip Report on this Birdwatching with BIG thanks to Mat Wilson
Pictures below taken and credited by: Dr. Ho Min Lim taken on June 2007

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What's Included:

  • Return Transfers
  • English-Speaking Nature Guide
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bottle water
  • Binocular to use (we advise to bring your own)

What's Not Included:

  • Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Gratuities 
  • Personal Expenses
West Malaysia Birding

West Malaysia Birding

They had written back saying that they were hopeful that they could find the Hooded Oriole, Blue-winged Pitta, Plain-backed Sparrow, Brown-winged Kingfisher, Brown Boobook (Hawk Owl) and the recently discovered Mountain Hawk-Eagle, a bird from Thailand that had been found to be nesting on the archipelago. There had also been recent reports of Jerdon’s Baza and European Oriole, but they were only possibilities.We stayed at the Berjaya resort on the western end of the island as it has some good rain-forest amongst the rooms and has easy access to the better birding areas. We arranged for a morning (07:00 to 10:30) and evening session (17:00 – 22:00) with the guides and were met at the hotel at 07.30 on our first full day by Jimmy and Indra, and set off for the opposite end of the island to look for the Oriole. After 30 minutes driving we turned off down a tiny road and pulled up on the verge. As soon as we alighted from the van, Indra said that he could hear the Oriole calling and after about 5 -10 minutes of searching (during which it stopped calling!) we saw the bird high up in a palm tree. Superb views of the bird (which was an immaculate male) were enjoyed, before he was joined by his mate and they gave us really close looks for about 15 minutes, before flying off into the distance. Olive-winged and Black-headed Bulbul, Orange-breasted Flowerpecker, White-fronted Kingfisher, Black-shouldered Kite, Brahminy Kite, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Greater Coucal, Blue-throated Bee-eater, and Crested Serpent Eagle all put on a show as well.. From the Oriole site (sworn to secrecy sorry), we were driven back towards Burau bay and stopped a rubber plantation near the road to Telok Datai. Once again as soon as we alighted from the van, we could hear the Pitta calling. I was amazed to find that the bird was 40 feet up a tree. I always imagined the Pitta as ground dwellers and had never thought to look above 6 foot for them before (not that I‘ve seen that many!) We had stunning views of 3 or maybe 4 different birds in the 30 minutes we were in the plantation, until it became clear that we were maybe a bit close to a nest site so we withdrew for roti and tea in a nearby roadside cafe. Good views of a Laced Woodpecker were had in the plantation as well. Whilst we were there, Irshad Mobarak, the ‘Legendary Jungle Wallah of Langkawi’ and owner of Junglewalla, came by with an owl in a box. The bird had been found after flying into a window at the Datai hotel and was been taken to someone to care for it. After careful deliberation we decided that the bird was a Collared Scops Owl by virtue of the eye brows extending tip the tips of the horns. Breakfast over we returned to the hotel and went for lunch. At 2 o’clock we were asked if we would like to accompany the couple of Singaporean bird photographers who had been out with us in the morning, and then carry on with our own booking in the evening. We headed for various locations along the southwest coast around the airport to look for Oriental Pratincole and anything else that raised its head in the reed beds south of the airport and behind the newly constructed breakwater (good tidal pools here) We also for Plain-backed Sparrow in the rough ground between the terminal and the sea. Eventually we found one rather scruffy female sitting for all to see on a set of goal posts on a football field north of the airport. The photographers amongst us has good shots of a Blue-throated Bee-Eater sitting on a lamp post along the airport perimeter road and we found a single Mongolian Plover on the tidal pool as well as Ruddy Breasted Crake. In the evening after dropping the Singaporean couple back at the hotel, we headed for the mountain (Gunung Raya) in search of the elusive Mountain Hawk Eagle. First bird found on the road up to the summit was a very nice Chinese Goshawk who perched on top of a lamp post. Further on we had fleeting glimpses of both Wreathed and Great Hornbills coming back to the mountain to roost. About 6.5 km’s up the mountain we pulled over to the side as we could see hornbills in the trees on the other side of the valley and we witnessed one of the strangest sights I’ve ever seen whilst bird spotting. A group of Wreathed Hornbill’s were fooling around in some bare trees when one of them dropped down and became wedged in a very acutely forked branch. The birds wings were one side of the fork and the feet and tail were the other side, with the feet pointing backwards. We watched for some 10 minutes as the bird struggled to get free itself, but it could lift itself out enough to get a purchase with its feet and seemed to be well and truly stuck. We were powerless to help as the tree was a long way up the slope through dense scrub, and we did not have a parang, and if we could have got to it, the bird was about 50 feet up it. Numerous other Wreathed Hornbills gathered round and one particularly large male bird tried to assist the younger bird by flying up behind it and knocking into it, but it was not successful. After a while the commotion aroused the interest of a large number of Great Hornbills who were loitering in the area, and they came over to investigate, and then drove the Wreathed Hornbills off and started to attack the trapped bird. Certainly one of the most bizarre birding incidents I’ve ever witnessed. Poor old Indra was getting quite upset by seeing the poor hornbill in such dire straits, but as I stated earlier we were powerless to do anything, and you have to ask whether it would have been ethically correct to interfere. As light was fading and there was nothing we could do to help, we drove on up the mountain and successfully found the Mountain Hawk eagle about 8.5 – 9 kms up the summit road. We drove back to the hotel in a somewhat sombre mood, which was a shame as the lads had found all our target birds (except the Brown-winged Kingfisher which we had seen at Kampong Klim and on the tidal pool behind the beach at the Berjaya, the day before) and deserved a huge pat on the back. For anyone wishing to see the more unusual birds on Langkawi or anyone just wanting a good nature based day out, I would not hesitate to recommend the people at Junglewalla . They know their stuff and they also know a mean roti cafe for breakfast! crubbix@btinternet.com I am the ‘Dad’ mentioned in Mat’s introduction, and I would like to endorse his praise for Jimmy and Indra. Their expertise and local knowledge of where to find the birds was invaluable, and the Black-Hooded Oriole stands out a mile, their being able to find on of the few pairs on the island, being truly remarkable. This was closely followed by the Mountain Hawk Eagle, which has only recently been acknowledged as existing in Langkawi. And finally I fully endorse Mat’s remarks on their choice of breakfast venue. Thebeaks@clara.co.uk