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 RM180 per person available daily at 10.30am departure.
  • 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 
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
Langkawi in Bloom

Langkawi in Bloom

In Langkawi, the flowers colors vary from deep purple to red to white, with almost every shade in between, these flowers last 2-3 days before the delicate crumpled petals falls decorating the ground below.Rose of India also known as Bungor in Malay is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds and chose the end of the dry season as the time to flower. Rose of India can grow up to 15cm and the wood known among the local as resistance to termite making it a price timber. I should mention that Langkawi has its own endemic species of Rose of India called LagerstroemiaLangkawiensis. While you are in langkawi take the opportunity to enjoy your drive. Ciao.... Also in flower now: Trumpet tree: Native of Mexico to Venezuela and Equador, it has been dispersed by man to many tropical countries because of its attractive flowers.
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
Morning Birding in Langkawi

Morning Birding in Langkawi

The very next morning, my aunt took me along to go “Bird Watching” with two of the most pleasant and cheerful tourists I have ever met. We left the house at 6.45 am, right after a quick breakfast at a small local stall; we headed towards Pelangi Beach resort and picked up our guests. We headed towards a small paddy field nearby. It was a little shocking for me because I never really thought one could find many birds together in such a small area. It was a pleasant view for the tourist as well as for me. Next we headed up to Gunung Raya hoping to spot “The Great Hornbill”. While waiting for the Hornbills, we are accompanied by a group of shy macaque whose Alpha male was keeping an eye on us. We also spotted a group of “Dusky Leaf Languor”, one of which was carrying an infant baby (the baby languor was still orange !!). After waiting for about 15 minutes, we could hear the marvelous hornbills flapping their powerful wigs to get to their destination. After awhile, we also heard a “Wreathed Hornbill” calling for it's female. Not long after that, he was visible to us. I do not know about the rest of the birds but he was breath taking to me, he was my favorite bird. . It is amazing how beautiful he truly was, he looks so prehistoric, with bright yellow gular-pouch, black wing and white feather tailing behind him as he flies. We also spotted a few more “Oriental Pied Hornbill, a wagtail that keep wagging its tail and keep flying in front of our car and a pair of Hill Myna there”. The session was almost over but not just yet. We drove down to Teriang that located nearby the mangrove swamp and spotted many more wetland birds. See full bird list below. Thanks for reading.. Shakira Full Birdlist - on 10 March 2008 No./COMMON NAME/SCIENTIFIC NAME
      1. Bulbul, Yellow-Vented Pycnonotus goiavier
      2. Coucal, Greater Centropus sinensis
      3. Crow, House Corvus splendens
      4. Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
      5. Dove, Spotted Streptopelia chinensis
      6. Drongo, Greater Racket-Tailed Dicrurus paradiseus
      7. Eagle, White-Bellied Sea Haliaeetus leucogaster
      8. Egret, Cattle Bubulcus ibis
      9. Egret, Great Casmerodius albus
      10. Egret, Intermediate Mesophoyx intermedia
      11. Egret, Little Egretta garzetta
      12. Flowerpecker, Orange-Bellied Dicaeum trigonostigma
      13. Heron, Chinese Pond Ardeola bacchus
      14. Heron, Little Butorides striatus
      15. Hornbill, Great Buceros bicornis
      16. Hornbill, Oriental Pied Anthracoceros albirostris
      17. Hornbill, Wreathed Aceros undulatus
      18. Kingfisher, White-Throated Halcyon smyrnensis
      19. Kite, Black-Shouldered Elanus caeruleus
      20. Kite, Brahminy Haliastur indus
      21. Lapwing, Red-Wattled Vanellus indicus
      22. Munia, Black-Headed Lonchura malacca
      23. Munia, White-Rumped Lonchura striata
      24. Myna, Common Acridotheres tristis
      25. Myna, Hill Gracula religiosa
      26. Oriole, Black-Naped Oriolus chinensis
      27. Green Pigeon, Pink-Necked Treron vernans
      28. Pipit, Richard's Anthus richardi
      29. Sandpiper, Common Actitis hypoleucos
      30. Shrike, Brown Lanius cristatus
      31. Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Passer montanus
      32. Sparrow, Plain-Backed Passer flaveolus
      33. Starling, Asian Glossy Aplonis panayensis
      34. Sunbird, Olive-Backed Nectarinia jugularis
      35. Swallow, Barn Hirundo rustica
      36. Swallow, Pacific Hirundo tahitica
      37. Swallow, Red-Rumped Hirundo daurica
      38. Wagtail, Yellow Motacilla flava
      39. Waterhen, White-Breasted Amaurornis phoenicurus
      40. Weaver, Baya Ploceus philippinus
      41. Whistling-Duck, Lesser Dendrocygna javanica