Langkawi Island is the largest in a group of islands located off the northwest coast of mainland Malaysia. The archipelago consists of 99 islands and islets, and five more appear at low tide. Of this number, only two are permanently inhabited - Langkawi and Tuba Island. Since 2007, UNESCO has granted this archipelago the status of World Geopark. Among the visitors are the more popular southern islands, which are characterized by white beaches, tropical vegetation, and numerous restaurants and accommodation facilities. The Langkawi islands are duty-free, so shopping is one of the activities that visitors love.