Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands lies on the coast of northwestern Malaysia. The island’s mystical air and picturesque views have been attracting many globetrotting tourists for a laid-back vacation beside the crystal waters. On the northern shores of Langkawi is a beach of black sand, revolved in tales old and new of how the sand acquired its colour.
Reaching the Black Sand Beach
Located approximately 30 minutes away from resorts such as Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Black Sand Beach is easily accessible from the best resort in Langkawi. This enigmatic shore of black sand stands further away from Pantai Cenang. Known to locals as Pantai Pasir Hitam which translates into ‘beach sand black’, is the island’s little stunner.
Dark fables of legend tell the story of a brave Roman prince who fought an evil Garuda, a mythical creature who is believed to be a cross between man and eagle. The tale is of a prince attempting to free his princess that finally led the battle to Langkawi, on this very beach, leaving the black granules of sand as the remnants of the fight.
Vacationing at Black Sand Beach
Serving as the perfect spot for fishing and photographing, Black Sand Beach has been attracting tourists from every corner of the globe. It is believed to be a place of blissful serenity for the ones searching for peace and quiet on the island. Do not fret if hunger becomes a concern as there will be plenty of stalls around the beach that sell mouth-watering delicacies to satiate your hunger.
The History Behind the Mystery
One fable of the black sand can never be enough for the people in Langkawi. This resulted in the story about the mermaid and the prince. The second myth is of a mermaid who fell in love with a land prince which resulted in a beach fire to divert the attention of the superior military of the ocean; the black sand is believed to be the ashes from the fire.