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Pantai Pasir Hitam, Langkawi Overview

In the farrago of Langkawi islands lay a serene beach, the Black Sand Beach which is fully covered with black sand and clear water. Popular leisure spot during weekends, it is a perfect place for capturing some incredible photographs, picnicking and sunbathing. The black colour of the sand comes due to the mineral content from the Mount Raya granites deposited on the golden sand.

Also known as Pantai Pasir Hitam because of the black sand, the beach is famous for ancient wooden jetty and a fishing village. Though the beach is not suitable for swimming, it is still one of the most prominent beaches in the southwest area of Tanjung Rhu. The beach houses many small huts which can be used as a picnic spot. Kids can enjoy in the playground filled with ample thrilling swings and slides. For a shopping spree, visitors can explore the souvenir shop and handicraft emporiums situated just 3 minutes away from the beach. You may also enjoy some delicacies and street food dishes from the stalls set up on the beachside.

Pantai Pasir Hitam Highlights

1. Legend of Black Sand Beach

The black sand beach is a mystical beach which is extremely popular for the enigmatic sand colour the beach holds. However, locals believe that the black sand is the residue of the fight that happened (Read More) between Garuda and a Roman prince. Garuda, crossbreed of an eagle and human kidnapped a beautiful princess who had a roman fiancée. For the rescue of the princess, the prince fought with Garuda on the land of Langkawi and hence the black sand is considered to be the ash residue of the deadly battle. Another mythical story attached with the black sand is of a mermaid princess who came to the land to marry a prince. Due to this, sea creatures and the kingdom got furious and came to the land for a fight with the land kingdom. The land ruler then lit a fire on the land of Langkawi to take revenge from the sea creatures. The fire turned the sand into ash giving the black colour.

2. Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the black sand beach is in the month of January and March. Beach witnesses heavy rainfall and high tides during other months of the year making it unsuitable in terms of safety (Read More)and weather conditions. It experiences a warm yet pleasant environment during January and March with calm ocean waves and high tourist traffic. It is better to book the accommodations beforehand for a convenient stay.

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How to Reach Black Sand Beach

Taxi: Hire a taxi from Langkawi city towards Jalan Teluk Yu for a 20 minutes' ride. The taxi charges around RM 50- RM 60 for one way travel.

Motorcycle: Rented motorcycles are available in Langkawi for a tour towards the black sand beach, however only to the person who owns a Malaysian driving license. The charges for rented bikes are RM 150- RM 180 per day.


  • Do not forget to carry an umbrella, mosquito repellent, light jacket, flip flops, sunglasses etc.
  • Keep your visa, passport, credit cards and debit cards handy.
  • Swimming is not advisable on this beach as the ocean water is filled with minerals which can be hazardous for the skin.
  • There are very few public transports available on the beach, hence try to travel by a private cab or taxi.

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