Langkawi plans to open two islands for ecotourism

first_imgLangkawi is planning on opening two outlying islands to visitors as a new eco-tourism destination.The Langkawi archipelago, located off the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, comprises of 99 islands and authorities are planning to develop two of these islands – Pulau Tuba and Pulau Dayang Bunting – for eco and adventure tourism purposes.Palau Tuba, the larger of the two islands, is home to approximately 2,000 inhabitants, but it has largely been untouched by the tourism development taking place on Langkawi. Only limited motorised vehicles are allowed on the island to preserve its natural habitat, which the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) believes makes it “the perfect site to cater to the adventurous eco-tourism market”.From April 2016, a 30km trail, which spans both Pulau Tuba and Pulau Dayang Bunting will be opened to the public. The trail passes limestone cliffs, mangrove forests and other areas previously only accessed by locals.To launch the new attraction, a ‘Tuba Trail Run’ will be held on April 2, with the aim of attracting 450 participants.“As one of the few UNESCO Geopark destinations in Southeast Asia, LADA is committed to protecting Langkawi’s natural heritage for future generations to enjoy,” said Khaild Ramli, CEO, LADA. “We aim to do this through education and controlled exposure to natural beauty, via exclusive events that target the eco-tourism and eco-sport market such as Tuba Trail Run.”last_img read more