Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast stunner
Redang Island is strategically located on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia which abuts the richly bio-diverse South China Sea. The island boasts white sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear blue waters within its naturally sheltered bays. The island is known for the abundance of marine life that inhabit the beautiful coral reefs as it is located in the protected perimeter known as the Terengganu Marine Park.
The island welcomes thousands of tourists every year – it can get busy, but is generally never crowded. Accommodation on Redang Island ranges from back-packer hostels to luxurious suites, and is ideal for group or family vacations. Although you can find a few private restaurants, most resorts offer full board (and the occasional BBQs on weekends – but no promises there!).
On the surface
Searching for land-based activities aside from scuba diving and snorkeling? Redang’s will have you covered from jungle trekking, turtle watching (during the nesting season), beach volleyball, spas (at selected resorts), to soaking up the sun on its sizeable beach in hammocks and deck chairs with panoramic views of the sunset.
Taking the plunge
For scuba divers, Redang features over 20 dive sites to suit all dive skill levels. The island has a good mix of coral gardens, sponges, wall dives, sandy bottoms offering plenty of opportunities for macro diving and the various species of tropical fishes. Oh, lest not forget, Redang is also located along the whale shark migratory route (with sightings typically from August to October).
Redang gives you the opportunity to swim-through boulders forming tunnel-like structures only to be greeted by gorgeous gorgonian fans, and the occasional bumphead parrot fish, small barracudas, and nudibranches. (Tunnel Point). The search for green and hawksbill turtle could take you to Tanjung Tokong and you can encounter pelagics at Tanjung Gua Kawah or Pulau Lima North, a self-coined macro photographer’s wonderland at Tanjung Cina Terjun, or adoring the sites of Mak Cantik (Maxi Mount)
You are certain to get a bad case of post-diving blues once you leave the island. For more information on Redang Island, click here.