Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park is one of the 3 geoforest parks in Langkawi Geopark,Malaysia. Among the 3 geoparks, we must say, Dayang Bunting has the most interesting story behind its name.
The word ‘Dayang Bunting’ means ‘the pregnant maiden’. From a certain angle, the undulating hills of the Dayang Bunting Island resembles a woman in child-bearing posture, who conceives after drinking from a lake in the southwestern part of the isle. Hence the locals name this island Pulau Dayang Bunting or The Island of the Pregnant Maiden.
There are stairs leading up to the lake from the island jetty and it took us about 20 minutes to reach the lake. Locals has it that those who has difficulties conceiving should drink from the lake… making this place one of the most popular spot in Langkawi.
Besides its mystical history, the uniqueness of Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park lies in its beautiful marble, limestone which has undergone hundreds of years of transformation induced by heat and pressure. As we explore the area we could see many limestone marble islands of different shapes and sizes.
One of the most interesting thing about Langkawi, that we are sure even most Malaysians are not aware of is that, on this Tepor Island, lies a 1 billion year old granite pebble dropstone. This dropstone is one of the important proof that shows Langkawi was once part of the Gondwana Supercontinent.
This means… based on the geological features of Langkawi, the island does not have the same origin as Peninsular Malaysia. Which means, some time during the movement of the continents millions of years ago, Langkawi must have detached from the Gondwana Supercontinent and make its way to where it is today. Cool huh? Who would have thought.
Not many locals are aware of this important findings. Should you be interested to locate it, we suggest for you to inquire at the Langkawi Geopark Department or we could help you get in touch with them.
Another interesting geosite to visit is Pulau Ular or Snake Island. Firstly, you won’t find snakes here. The island was named as such due to its geological features that produce a snake-like appearance if viewed from east to southeast. Frankly, we couldn’t see it, but the island has a spectacular landscape, especially if you like rocks.
Here, you can see layers and layers of rocks of many different colours and textures. Some are so brittle, you can break it using your hands like biscuits.
According to our guide, maybe in the next hundred years, this island could cease to exists due to the continuous erosion by waves.
A must location for those who loves photography.
For more information on Langkawi, visit www.naturallylangkawi.my, www.lada.gov.my