Geopark simply means ‘geological park’ but is easier to say.
Langkawi Geopark is one of the 58 Geoparks from 18 countries to be officially endorsed by UNESCO and the only such park in South- East Asia.
UNESCO ultimately plans to label 500 Geoparks worldwide. The objective of the Gepoark label is to valorise areas of geological importance where there is a concerted effort by government and local authorities to protect the environment and to provide education and sustainable economic development.
Langkawi Geopark has 3 distinct sectors of geological significance:
- Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
- Matchinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park
- Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Situated on the North-East of the main island in the area around the Kilim River and its estuary this area is predominantly limestone (karst). Millions of years of erosion have created a unique landscape of pinnacles, cliffs, caves and hills as well as the rich biotopes of the mudflats and the mangrove eco-systems.
We explore the Kilim Geoforest by boat in order to reach places inaccessible by land. During your trip you will also have a chance to walk around and discover some of the unique geological features, including ancient fossil beds and stalactites. Discover Kilim Geoforest by Boat....read more.
Matchinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park
The Matchinchang mountain range forms most of the western extremity of the main island. The rock here is predominantly sedimentary sandstone and granite and forms a spectacular landscape that dominates the skyline.
Matchinchang is Malaysia’s oldest mountain range, dating from the early Palaeozoic era, and home to what is probably the most ancient rainforest on the planet.
The area is so ecologically and geologically important that we offer 3 separate outings to discover different aspects of rainforest and the mountain range:
Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park
Dayang Bunting means Pregnant Maiden, a name given to this island due to the suggestive shape of the hills on this island.
Geologically this island features marble and limestone. Formerly there was an enormous limestone cave, which ultimately collapsed, forming this island’s famous lake which is renowned for its alleged fertility properties. The lake contains a mixture of fresh water and salt water and is a very pleasant place to swim.
Pulau Dayang Bunting is also home to some of the archipelago’s caves and is a particular haven for bats. At present we don’t do any tours on this island but we can arrange a personalized outing for you if you wish. Contact Us for more details.
Othman talks at Langkawi Geopark Carnival 2011