I was having a great time enjoying the beautiful beaches during my trip to Langkawi, Malaysia, but I have to say that I was ready to do something a little more active. Thankfully Dev’s Adventure Tours had just the kind of thing I was looking for, a fun tour kayaking Langkawi’s mangroves. One of the major points that attracted me to Dev’s Adventure Tours in particular was that they are an eco-friendly tour company, that does not encourage animal exploitation like many of tours in the area. Many companies have stops during their tours that I am not willing to participate in such as elephant rides (they abuse the animals) or eagle feeding (they feed them chicken skin to get them close to the boat which is harmful to them).
The tour started by visiting a bat cave (sadly Christian Bale was not there…). I have been to bat caves before and checked out the cool formations within the cave and would hear a bunch of bats in the background, but this was completely different, as there were literally bats everywhere! They were sound asleep, but hanging from the lower parts of the cave, that were incredibly close to where we were walking. I was just hoping someone didn’t accidentally take a flash photo and wake them up, as that would have been bad!
Afterwards, it was time to start the kayaking Langkawi’s mangroves. I have been kayaking before, but after trying it on my own, I wasn’t sure I would last the whole day, as I have weak chicken arms, so I hopped into the kayak with our guide Khirien, who I absolutely loved!! He is one of the funnest, friendliest guides I have ever had (and I’ve taken many tours!). He truly made the experience even more enjoyable.
First, we started kayaking down the lake, as we made our way to the mangroves. Once inside, we kept our eyes peeled for various animals. I saw some beautiful birds and monkeys jumping around, but thankfully no snakes (whew!). Throughout the trip, we would stop for a rest and Khirien would tell us tons of interesting information about the area we were in and also about Langkawi.
At one point, we got to an area within the mangroves that was so narrow, I wasn’t sure we were going to get through and apparently, they are growing closer and closer together, so pretty soon an entire area that we kayaked through will be completely closed off. I am glad I got to experience it before it did!
As we left the mangroves, we saw tons of eagles flying around, without feeding them chicken skin!! I don’t mean to harp on about it, but not only is it harmful for them to eat chicken, but they also become dependent on being fed, so they no longer hunt. The population of eagles is diminishing, not just because the skin is bad for them to digest, but they can also choke on the skin. Just horrible!
We ended our kayaking at a floating restaurant, where we were served Tom Yum soup with either chicken, shrimp or vegetables along with a rice dish that also included the meat (or veggies) you chose. When we finished, the meal ended with some delicious fruit and then it was time to head back. I slept pretty good that night, I was exhausted!
Another neat tour you can participate in, is Dev’s Adventure Tours evening walking tour. It is a short walk near the rainforest where you can see animals, such as various species of gecko and even flying lemurs! We kept spotting them flying from tree to tree, which I can honestly say I had never seen anything like it before. I also learned a lot of interesting facts along the way, as we walked around with flashlights, looking for night animals. It was pretty cool!
**Thank you Dev’s Adventure Tours for hosting me. As always, my opinions are my own.