While you could always relax on popular, powdery-white Pantai Cenang, right on the main island, small boats can take you deeper into the scenic archipelago. Birders will enjoy the five-hour trek through wildlife-rich Langkawi Mangrove Forest, with its eagles and limestone caves; while those who love life beneath the sea will prefer to snorkel Pulau Payar Marine Park. Sun lovers can catch their rays on the four-hour Island Hopping Tour [http://www.viator.com/tours/Langkawi/Island-Hopping-Tour-from-Langkawi/d338-3705LGK12], visiting several islands and beaches, including the inner lagoon of Pregnant Maiden Lake, said to inspire fertility.
While the Langkawi islands are justly famed for their sapphire-clear water and fine white beaches, since 1987, when Langkawi was granted tax-free status, it has been known in some circles as a duty-free shopping destination. Most shoppers begin at adorable Oriental Village, an Asian-themed shopping center.