Langkawi, Malaysia · 1 hotels available
Pulau Tuba is one of the islands within the group of 104 islands that made up Langkawi Island, an island famously known as a tourist destination and its duty-free goods. Similarly to the other islands, this island is also contains as much hills. However, it is the only inhabited island in addition to the main Langkawi Island and also known as the Islamic Island because all of its residents and inhabitants practice Islamic faith. The main economic activity performed by the residents are fishing, however there are also homestay services provided to the visitors. The island is not as developed, hence it is a natural habitat for a lot of wildlife species as well as a multitude of herbs and shrubs.
In fact, the island gets its name from a rare Tuba plant that can be found on the island, which is uniquely used to catch fish using its roots. It takes only 20 minutes of travel by boat from the main jetty in Kuah town considering its close proximity to Kuah, which is about five kilometres. There are some discovery tours being held by the travel agencies which is separate from the popular island hopping packages, hence visitors can look forward to these packages if they are interested to go to Pulau Tuba.
There are flights to Langkawi Island provided by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. From there onwards, guests can make way via taxi or rent a car to the Cenang Beach and hop on to the readily available high speed boats.
The Shahab Perdana express bus terminal is located at Jalan Sultanah Sambungan, Alor Setar. Take the direct trip from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Etika Express or Sri Maju Express. From here, take the local bus to the Kuala Perlis or Kuala Kedah jetties, both will provide water transport to Langkawi Island.
Eagle Square has the well-known man-made structure in the town. It places a 12-metre statue of an eagle taking form to fly which can be easily spotted as visitors closing in the island. The square offers beautiful view of the Kuah Bay with mesmerizing landscape that includes miniature fountains and bridges. Ferries going to the harbour is available in sight as well. The best times to go to this square is early morning and late evening since the sun is in lesser form during those times, making the place less hot and more enjoyable.
Langkawi Underwater World is a huge aquarium which spans about six acres. Located within the proximity of the Cenang Beach, the aquarium is one of the biggest in the country with 200 species of freshwater fish and marine life being housed here, including the Amazonian Araipama, the biggest freshwater fish in the world as well as rockhopper penguins. Upon entering, visitors shall find that the place is divided into three separate sections – Tropical Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Artantic. There are also an Educational Research Centre, cafeteria and three-dimensional theatre – the staple show is about a little prehistoric fish and his life before turning into a fossil.
Another place that should be included in the list when in Tuba Island is the Makam Mahsuri or literally translated as Mahsuri’s Mausoleum. Located in the village of Mawat which is 12 kilometres away from Kuah town, this mausoleum recounts the history of the legendary princess Mahsuri and her curse to the island upon being murdered for an adultery crime that she is not guilty of. Among the main features are the shrine of Mahsuri as well as a reconstructed traditional Malay house located nearby which acts as a theatre and diorama museum which exhibited some of the maiden’s jewelry and the weapon which is used to stab her.