Redang Island

Dive Map Redang Island Terengganu Malaysia

Redang Island Terengganu Malaysia

Description :
For its sheer alluring beauty, Redang island is indeed Malaysia’s jewel of the South China Sea. The waters here sparkle with an aquamarine shade, and the sand is invitingly soft in its own pearly whiteness. The diving here is equally impressive with an abundance of marine life that inhabit the beautiful coral reefs as it is located in the protected perimeter of the Terengganu Marine Park.

Redang island welcomes thousands of tourists every year, it can get busy, but never too crowded. Accommodation here is largely resort-based and is ideal for groups or family vacations. Although you can find a few private restaurants, most resorts offer full board packages and the occasional BBQs on weekends.

Where is it :
Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, wreck, night, drift, deep diving
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Gorgonian coral fans, tropical fishes (barracudas, bumphead parrotfish, pufferfish), moray eels, blacktip sharks, turtles, eagle rays.

* Insider info: Whale shark sightings are probable especially towards the end of the diving season

Average Water Temperature :
27°C (80.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F)
Seasonality :
March to October (ideal months to visit between April to July, typically warmer weather and calm waters)
Typical Visibility :
10m (32ft) to 25m (82ft)
General Current Conditions :
Low to mild
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, Beach Hopping, Sea Kayak, Bars and Restaurants.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
None on the island
Availability of Medical Facility :
In-house medical doctors with basic clinics at Laguna Beach Resort and Berjaya Resort.
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Tanjung Tokong :
• Maximum depth: 30m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
Also known as Turtle Bay, this site is one of the most ecologically hectic reefs due to the prevailing currents that are constantly active. This is a well-renowned spot for seeing green and hawksbill turtles, and the currents often bring in the bigger feeders such as jacks and trevallies. And if the season is right, you may be lucky enough to have an encounter with the whale shark at the deeper end of the site.
Mak Cantik :
• Maximum depth: 20m
• Currents: Moderate
The name for this site translates to “Beautiful Mother”, and boy is it beautiful. An underwater sea mount with a host of marine life surrounded by a mixture of hard and soft corals along with anemone gardens. At times, currents can get strong around the submerged boulders, but this brings the bigger fishes like barracudas, jacks and trevallies. Every once in a while, look away towards the fringe of the reef and you might spot white-tip sharks and larger rays.
Tanjung Cina Terjun :
• Maximum depth: 18m
• Currents: Mild
This is for the macro lovers, and it might well be called “eel and lionfish city” as these are almost a certain encounter. Make your way to the sandy bottom fringing the reef and you may find stingrays, scorpionfish and stonefish camouflaged against the corals. Upon closer inspection, divers are often rewarded with banded boxer shrimps, cleaner shrimps, various pipefishes, nudibranchs, even up larger fishes such as pufferfish and coral cat sharks sleeping under the rocks.
Terumbu Kili :
• Maximum depth: 25m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
This site is a rocky outcrop separated by a shallow channel between the South side of Redang Island and Pinang Island. Make your way down a gentle slope of soft and hard corals until you reach the sandy bottom at around 20m. Strong currents are often experienced in the channel that separates the island, but it is where you may likely spot black tip sharks, big-eye snappers, barracudas, trevally, and jacks. If you prefer spending more time at the shallow reef, you would be able to cover the entire outcrop, and do keep an eye out for its resident turtle near the pinnacle.
Nearest Jetty :
Shahbandar Jetty
* Approximately 1hr 40mins boat ride to Redang Island
Address :
Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, 20200, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Nearest Airport :
Sultan Mahmud (Kuala Terengganu) Airport (IATA: TGG)
Estimated Travel Time from Kuala Terengganu Airport :
30mins (by car, average one-way taxi fare: ~RM40)
Estimated Travel Time from Kuala Lumpur :
5hrs (by car), or 6.5hrs (by bus – average one-way fare: ~RM45, thereafter a 15min walk or ~RM15 taxi ride to the jetty)

Price reference based on 4D3N diving packages

  • Redang Island, Terengganu

    Redang Beach Resort

    Packages from RM1,119

    Your perfect holiday getaway in Redang Island surrounded by white sandy beaches. Packages are all full board so you’ve got everything covered. Come relax, unwind, and party at Redang Beach Resort.

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