Mysterious Black Sand

Coming from anywhere in the west of Langkawi (Cenang Beach, the Cable Car…), following the road that goes along the north coast, you will first meet the Black Sand Beach.

Don’t expect a pitch-black sand, the black sand is largely mixed with “normal” clear sand. But it’s still kind of a curious thing. The phenomenon creating this black sand is not fully understood. In the world, black sand is most of the time the result of volcanic activity. It is not the case here.

It is known that two minerals called tourmaline and ilmenite coming from the Gunung Raya (Langkawi’s highest mountain) are responsible for making the sand dark. However, this usually doesn’t happen: these two minerals are used by industries to create… very white products like paint or paper. So why does it turn sand black here? It’s still a mystery.

Tanjung Rhu – The North East Tip of Langkawi

Continue 4 more kilometres on the road and you will come across my personal favourite beach in Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu Beach. Running along a thin strip of land nested in the gorgeous landscape of the Kilim Geoforest Park, Tanjung Rhu is a fantastic escape from the crowded Cenang Beach.

A part of the beach is privatized by a resort, but a large part is accessible to the public until evening. You will be delighted by its calm and shallow waters, and the unique feel with nearby islets scattered along the horizon. A must-see!

Quick Info

Address: Black Sand Beach (Pantai Pasir Hitam): Jl. Teluk Yu, 07000 Langkawi

Tanjung Rhu Beach: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi

GPS (car park): Black Sand Beach: 6°25’34.87″N, 99°47’42.46″E

Tanjung Rhu Beach: 6°27’20.82″N, 99°49’28.81″E

Best way to go: Car or scooter rental

Entrance: Free

Best season: November to April

Good to know: Tanjung Rhu Beach is closed to visitors at 5pm (unless you stay at the T.
Rhu Beach Resort).

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