Redang Island (Pulau Redang)

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Pulau Redang is a small island group in the South Chinese Sea, on the east side of Peninsular Malaysia. Redang lies within protected marine waters, also known as Terengganu Marine Park. It lies about 45 kilometers from the coast of the city of Kuala Terengganu. Next to the main island Redang are many other smaller surrounding islands. The island is surrounded by crystal clear water and has various beautiful diving possibilities for the aficionados. You can also snorkel around the island; the coral reefs are in good health. Redang usually is not too crowded, though during local school holidays and public holidays it can get very busy on the island. Because Redang is part of a Marine Park, all visitors have to pay a marine park entrance fee of RM5 upon arrival.

Redang Archipelago exists of 9 islands that abound with marvelous marine fishes, turtles and coral reefs that ensure great snorkeling and scuba-diving. The boat trip starts from the fishing village of Merang. This is a fishing village North of Kuala Terengganu.

Best time to visit Redang Island is between April and October. Avoid the island during school holidays and public holidays. If you visit Redang between April and October you will still have a chance that it rains; you are still in the tropics.

Laguna-Redang-Aerial-View

Redang island is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, jungle trekking, boating and canoeing. This paradise-like island offers crystal clear water, pearly white shores, a colorful array of spectacular marine life, a breathtaking sunset and what could be the world’s most mature coral gardens. This is your chance to see and be acquainted with the local eel, giant grouper, black tipped shark, etc. Chance encounter with the Green turtle and Hawksbill turtle is common. There are corals of every imaginable shape, size or color. The observant are rewarded with sights of flatworm, nudibranch, shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, stonefish, lionfish and pipefish.

No fishing is allowed within a 3.2 km radius of the island as Pulau Redang. The collection of corals and other aquatic life is also prohibited. The fines and penalties are severe and each year sees reports of arrests and fines. Activities prohibited and not allowed are:

Collecting and taking of aquatic life ( corals, shell or fishes whether living or alive ). Fishing without a license & Causing Pollution (3.2 km radius), i.e. littering Possession of spear fishing equipment. The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks. The H.M.S Prince of Wales and the H.M.S Repulse were sunk here at the start of World War II, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

The hilly island of Redang can be fascinating in its own way. There is a moderately well trodden and marked path between Pasir Panjang and Teluk Dalam beach, about 2 km long. Sights include a small stream and pools alive with catfish, the occasional encounter with the shy kancil (little deer) and monkeys, and other jungle flora and fauna. At the end of the trek is the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort at Teluk Dalam. For the more adventurous, there are rocky cliffs and outcrops away from this beaten path that offer spectacular overhead views of Pasir Panjang below.

How to get to Redang Island

Jetty at Redang Island
The island of Redang is relatively easy to access. From Kuala Lumpur you take the plane to Kuala Terengganu. The cheapest way to get there is by flying with the low cost carrier AirAsia. Other options are Malaysia Airlines or FireFly.  It is even cheaper during special offers. From Kuala Terengganu airport you take the taxi to Merang, a small fisherman’s village which lies north of Kuala Terengganu. The boat ride to the island of Redang departs from Merang jetty and takes about 40 minutes to reach the island. During peak season there are also boats that depart from Shahbandar jetty in Kuala Terengganu city center.
Direct flight with Berjaya Air

The quickest way to get to Redang Island is by direct flight with Berjaya Air. This airline flies directly from the small Sultan Abdul Airport (Subang Airport) in Kuala Lumpur to the air strip at Redang Island. People arriving (or residing) in Singapore can also fly directly to Redang with Berjaya Air from Changi Airport. Though this is definitely the best way to get to the island, it is also by far the most expensive way.

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