Attraction Tasik Dayang Bunting, Kedah, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Published on: 29-04-2016
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Why Pulau Dayang Bunting, Lake of the Pregnant Maiden is special ?
Dayang Bunting is the second largest island in Langawi's cluster of 99 islands. It's located offshore and south of the main island, and can easily be reached by a boat. So why is this island so famous? The literal meaning of its name is 'Island of Pregnant Maiden'. And it has a wonderful large fresh water lake (known as Lake Guillemard) surrounded by hills having dense rain forests. The lake too is known as Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.
The legend says that a man named Mat Teja met and fell in love with the princess Mambang Sari at the lake. They eventually married and the princess gave birth to a son. However their son did not live long and soon died. Having reconciled with their misfortune, they decided to lay their son in the water of the lake and allow him to rest in peace. The gracious princess also blessed all women having difficulty in conceiving a child. They would become fertile once they take a dip into the water of the lake.
What to explore at Pulau Dayang Bunting, Lake of the Pregnant Maiden?
There are actually several attractions and activities here. A large map is put up on a board marking all the attractions available at Bunting Island. Here are the main ones:
1) The lake is great for swimming. There are designated areas (pontoons) for swimming though. However watch out the depth. Average depth is about 10 meters and there is no shallow area. It's not meant for novices. There are no changing rooms. So if you plan to swim, come wearing a swimming suit inside and carry towels.
If you are not confident, take a life jacket from the stall next to the lake and float around. The stall also sells other souvenir and gift items. The water at the lake is unaffected by seawater and therefor good for swimming. However it may not be very clear.
2) Take a solar operated paddle boat or a kayak available on rent and boat around the scenic lake. Mangrove swamps surround the perimeter of the island and the lake. We love the solar operated paddle boats as you hardly tire as you boat around. The view of the hills surrounding the lake is awesome.
3) Close to the stall, a separate water area has large number of catfish. So just dip your legs, soak in the scenic views and enjoy a natural fish spa on your legs for few minutes. It's a great feeling!.
4) There is a boardwalk that goes around the lake (for about half way). Take a walk along this pathway and enjoy the magnificent views of the lake from various points. The boardwalk goes through the mangrove forest. There are over 90 species of birds here including hornbill, kingfisher, woodpecker, kite, drongo etc. The animal life includes monkeys, large number of insects and monitor lizards. You will find many colorful butterflies as well.
How to get to Pulau Dayang Bunting, Lake of the Pregnant Maiden?
From Kuah Jetty or at Pantai Cenang, you can hire a boat from the many boat operators there to Pulau Dayang Bunting. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
- Nature's magic at its best
- Awesome swimming in the fresh water lake
- Well-preserved nature
- Breathtaking & tranquil view
- Awesome Boat ride to the lake
Tasik Dayang Bunting, Kedah, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
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Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park is one of the 3 geoforest parks in Langkawi Geopark,Malaysia. Among the 3 geoparks, we must say, Dayang Bunting has the most interesting story behind its name. The word ‘Dayang Bunting’ means ‘the pregnant maiden’. From a certain angle, the undulating hills of the Dayang Bunting Island resembles a woman in child-bearing posture, who conceives after drinking from a lake in the southwestern part of the isle. Hence the locals name this island Pulau Dayang Bunting or The Island of the Pregnant Maiden. There are stairs leading up to the lake from the island jetty and it took us about 20 minutes to reach the lake. Locals has it that those who has difficulties conceiving should drink from the lake… making this place one of the most popular spot in Langkawi. Besides its mystical history, the uniqueness of Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park lies in its beautiful marble, limestone which has undergone hundreds of years of transformation induced by heat and pressure. As we explore the area we could see many limestone marble islands of different shapes and sizes. There a load of monkeys in this area - so be warned - do not take food. It was highly enjoyable watching many monkeys watching us. We saw many mothers carrying their babies and a lot of young monkeys playing and fighting and of course the dads watching out for their families. The swim in the lake was most refreshing on a very hot day. Well worth a visit.