Langkawi Isle: Black Sand Beach (Pantai Pasir Hitam)

Pantai Pasir Hitam (or Black Sand Beach) is a beach located at the north end side of Langkawi, known for its black colored sands. Although the black sands have been slowly washed over by the sea waters over the years, there are still some left over on the shore. Although there are a few local fables surrounding the origin of these black sands, a more scientific origin is due to the existence of a huge amount of minerals called Tourmaline and Ilmenite in the granites of Mount Raya and these minerals apparently caused the darkened color of the sands.

Pasir Tengkorak Beach

Pasir Tengkorak Beach

Pasir Tengkorak Beach

Pasir Tengkorak Beach

Pantai Pasir Tengkorak (or loosely translated as ‘Skull Sandy Beach’) is a rather secluded beach along the northern coast of Langkawi island. The beach faces the southern part of the Thai region and on a clear day, Thailand’s Ko Tarutao island is visible. The beach is located not far from the Crocodile Farm at the Datai area.

According to one of the local legends, the island of Ko Tarutao used to have a prison and prisoners who escaped from the prison would try to swim across the sea to reach Langkawi but they were usually killed by sharks roaming in the sea during that time. Most of their skeletal remains were then swept to the shore of this beach, and hence its name.

Pasir Tengkorak Beach