What is a Geopark?

Geopark as defined by the Oxford dictionary

A UNESCO-designated area containing one or more sites of particular geological importance, intended to conserve the geological heritage and promote public awareness of it, typically through tourism.

Geo, in Greek, means earth. Under UNESCO, the term geopark was coined to identity geological significance in an area that weaves a tale of prehistoric times, a story where only nature and natural landscapes can tell.

When in Langkawi, bear in mind that the designated area that is given the geopark status is not just an area in the island of Langkawi but the island of Langkawi along with her 99 other islands that surround her.

Therefore, do not ask for directions to the geopark because you have landed on it once you step foot on Langkawi via ferry or flight.

It's the Langkawi GeoFest!

It's time of the year where the whole island of Langkawi goes on a festive mode, celebrating their blessed landscapes, culture and places of interest that enable them to proclaim their UNESCO GeoPark status to all.

Do you know that Langkawi...

... has one of the first marine parks in Malaysia!

Payar Island Marine Park is famous for its crystal clear sea waters that reveal an array of colourful fishes and corals. It is a favourite for those who are avid scuba divers and snorkelers.

... has the most number of mangrove species on an island!

The mangrove forest serves as a buffer from rough waves eroding land. Here in Langkawi, 60 per cent of the world's mangrove species can be found here.

... has the longest free span single rope cable car in Malaysia!

Aside from the above stated, it is also one of the steepest cable car riders. Remember to catch your breath even as you take in the magnificent sights of Langkawi from the SkyCab.

... has the most complete Paleozoic rock sequence in South East Asia!

Around the island of Langkawi are several islands that possess the most complete Paleozoic sedimentary rock sequence in the region. By Paleozoic era, it means that these rocks date back from 550 million to 290 million years ago.