Photo: Down time at the beach.

Mangrove trips

Our rating:


Mangrove tours are big business in Langkawi due an abundance of estuary wildlife. A tour can be an enjoyable way to spend a day, spotting wildlife and immersing yourself in nature. Here’s what to expect on a day trip.

Help us hold our breath. Donate to Travelfish today!
Click here for more information on how you can help.

So many tour guides, so little time.

So many tour guides, so little time.

Choosing one guide over another can sometimes make the difference between a true adventure or just another day in a boat looking at trees. The cut-throat career of tour guides has produced some brilliant and passionate guides who can provide loads of information, but unfortunately plenty of people with next to no knowledge will produce a piece of paper that also allows them to act as ‘liscenced’ guides.

Tours themselves run on the average for four to five hours, not including pick up time, and most include a lunch stop. Tours can be taken via mangrove boat or for the more adventurous individuals, the slightly more expensive kayak tours get you even deeper into the estuary pockets. Either way, you’re bound to see some active wildlife going about their daily business. A sharp-eyed guide will be able to spot elusive snakes, birds and other wildlife along the way, as they explain life in the mangroves, so keep your cameras ready!

Just another day in the Mangroves for this Monitor lizard.

Just another day in the mangroves for this monitor lizard.

The boats slowly make their way along the shorelines of the Kilm GeoForest Park to a stop at the bat cave. Bats are not the most entertaining during daylight hours, but a rather enthralling sight nonetheless. Plenty of monkeys will welcome you as well, so when the sign says don’t feed them, we assure you it’s wise to heed this advice. You’ll have ample opportunity to take cute monkey photos later from a safer distance, as some of the monkeys enjoy diving from trees into the river and racing each other across to the next shore.

They're so cute when they're asleep!

So cute when they’re sleeping!

The popular lunch stop for the GeoForest mangrove tours is the Hole in the Wall Restaurant, where in addition to having a hearty local meal you’ll have an opportunity to feed stingrays or get friendly with a horseshoe crab before moving on to a post-lunch private beach to explore or engage in some eagle-watching. Considered a full day for most, these trips are well worth the price.

Can finally scratch Stingray feeding of the bucket list!

That’s stingray feeding scratched off the bucket list!

Prices vary on these excursions, depending on whether you’re in a group or doing it privately, and whether you book through a tour or travel agent (they do live on commissions so we can’t fault them too much). But if the price seems way off, it possibly is, or maybe there could be a language miscommunication of some sort. Expect to pay in general for a professionally guided mangrove tour around 100 ringgit to 200 ringgit, per person, for a shared tour — well worth it, we reckon.

Dev’s Adventure Tours
T: (01) 9494 9193
Adults/children aged 5-12 160/100 ringgit, includes lunch and water

Daily 09:30 plus Mondays and Fridays 10:30

Fauna Flora Eco Tours
T: (01) 2441 1568
Adults 100 ringgit, includes lunch and water

T: (01) 9590 2300
Adults/children 180/90 ringgit
Daily 10:00

Popular attractions in Langkawi

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Langkawi.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Langkawi.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Langkawi.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Langkawi.
 Read up on how to get to Langkawi.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Langkawi? Please read this.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

Skip the bus station queues!
Skip the bus station queues!
Ad Book your plane, train & bus tickets
with 12Go Asia.

Read more

See below for more sights and activities in Langkawi that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Langkawi? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Malaysia.

Top of page