Langkawi’s activities include everything from paintball to yoga, making it possible to reconnect with an old favourite or try something new while visiting the island.
For those who play well with others, the air-con bowling alley at the Jetty Point Ferry Terminal is a great place to chill out between ferry arrivals and departures. If you prefer the sunny skies, the Sports Complex in Kuah has plenty of tennis courts available to the public for a small fee. Those with a few expendable ringgit who want to try a tropical tee off, Langkawi has three well-maintained golf courses. 99East Golf Club also rents equipment.
The latest craze hitting Langkawi as well as other parts of Malaysia is zumba. Classes are now available several times a week in Langkawi at the Sports Complex in Kuah and also in Pantai Tengah. Walk-ins are welcome and it’s only 10 to 20 ringgit for the 60-minute classes, guaranteed to burn off those duty-free indulgences.
If you’d like to tackle something a bit more Southeast Asian, several yoga retreats are available locally, but Langkawi Yoga also has three seaside classes a week. Drop-in visitors of all levels are welcome, but call ahead to confirm your place.
Martial arts practitioners can head to YY Martial Arts & Fitness Retreat, which has Taekwondo and Muay Thai at 15 to 25 ringgit a class, with savings if you sign up for a month. Located in Pantai Tengah, this house-turned-late-night-bar-turned-fitness-centre is quite casual, but instructor Yastin is a passionate Taekwondo aficionado.
Although Langkawi does occasionally get ridable surf, the answer to inconsistent swells came with skim boarding; locals call it “skimming”. The local crew have embraced this fun-for-all-ages (almost) eco-water sport and are usually happy to assist newbies to the sport. Rental boards are available at several venues, such as Global Steps Holidays located across from Underwater World in Pantai Cenang.
Cycling through Langkawi is an inexpensive way to sightsee and burn some calories. Bicycle rentals cost around 15 ringgit a day and there are miles of back roads to ride. Educational organised tours are also available through Dev’s Adventure Tours. The range of bicycles available includes decent touring bikes for long-distance island jaunts as well as sturdy all-terrain bikes suitable for a little off-road rock hopping.
For those inspired to leave their mark on Langkawi, paintball is where it’s at. Available in Pantai Tengah, this somewhat pricey, messy, trendy good time is worth the price tag for painting the town any and all colours as well as mixing and mingling with some serious local talent. Free virtual participation is also available for those who’d just like to watch.
By Vanessa Workman
Last updated on 27th August, 2014.