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Pulau Redang

"White Sand Beaches & Snorkelling Reefs"

Redang Island Tourism

Redang Island is one of the largest islands on Malaysia’s East Coast. Located in South China Sea, it is a part of Kuala Nerus District of Kuala Terengganu. It is a group of islands well-known for its crystal clear water offering a picturesque diving to the pristine coral reefs and underwater life. 

As Redang lies under the protected area of Marine Park, there is an entry fee of RM30 for adult and RM15 for child. However, the island offers a relaxing and peaceful time by pellucid water and white sandy beaches. The most famous beach is the Taaras Beach. Long Beach, Teluk Dalam Beach and Mutiara Beach are among other popular beaches. Among these, most of the resorts and hotels are located at Long Beach also known as Pasir Panjang. 

The Island has several renowned resorts offering a luxurious stay with water activities like diving and snorkeling. All year around, except monsoons, the water is so lucid that you can spot several marine animals like fusiliers, turtles, humphead parrotfish, cuttlefish and small black reef sharks. Each resort has its own diving school with most famous schools being that of Redang Bay Divers and Redang Divers. These Diving Schools teach how to dive and even provide licences called as open water license or PADI. Diving costs about RM 100 per dive. It is cheaper if you include it with your stay package at the resort. Though Redang Island is well-known for diving, snorkelling is also an option. The equipment is provided by the resorts and schools on rent and even for purchase. 

Greenies and seekers of adventure would love to take a walk in the lush-green forests of Redang giving an action-packed adventure. Long beach is a 45 minute walk through the jungles from Kampung Baru. You will need a local guide who charges less price and is helpful to get through tropical forests. Pasir Chagar Hutang located in the North-Easterm part of Redang is also very well-known for turtle watching. Since Redang Island consists of 9 small islands, you can also pay a visit to these islands on your stay. However, while planning your visit, remember that Redang Island closes from start of November to February end due to heavy monsoon every year.

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Need to Know

  • Redang Island is usually not crowded but it is suggested that you should not visit especially during Malaysian public holidays as most of the locals visit Redang Island for the long weekends.
  • Since Long beach is a major tourist spot and the only possible way to reach there is by a walk through the jungles, it is recommended to carry mosquito repellents to keep potential diseases especially malaria at bay.
  • There are no ATMs in Redang Island and cash is a widely accepted form of exchange.
  • Most of the restaurants and hotels have complimentary WiFi Service. 
  • Full package including transport to and from mainland, night stay at hotel and water activities charges less rather than booking each one differently. The resorts offer many packages which must be searched and booked in advance.
  • Watch out for inquisitive monkeys and monitor lizards.
  • Alcohol is available throughout the island. There are some bars all over the island which organise parties and are open till late night. Shops charge RM 7.5 for beers and RM 15 for vodka while Hotels charge as high as RM 100 for alcohol.
  • Most of the food is imported from the mainland and is a bit expensive. You can find all the dishes from burgers, pizzas to local seafood being offered in all restaurants. Chinese and Thai Food is also a hit in the area.

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How to Reach Redang Island

How to Reach Overview

Redang Island is located approximately 45km from the coast of the city of Kuala Terengganu. Most of the visitors to Redang come on packages which include a boat transfer to the island. 

How to reach Redang Island by flight

The fastest but also the most expensive way is to take a Direct flight by Berjaya Airline which is operable from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur and from Changi Airport in Singapore. The low-cost airline AirAsia has flights to Kuala Terengganu. FireFly and Malaysia Airlines also have flights to Kuala Terengganu from several places around the world including Kuala Lumpur. From Kuala Terengganu, you can take a cab or a bus to Tanjung Merang which has the port named Merang Jetty. 

How to reach Redang Island by waterways

Several ferries are available from Merang Jetty to Redang Island. The ferries charge approximately RM 80 both ways per person. The last ferry from Merang goes at 5 PM and is the busiest ferry of the day. From Redang Island to the mainland, the last vessel leaves at 1 PM every day.

Local transport in Redang Island

Redang Island doesn't have any well-developed roads and so there is no public transport. There is just one road on the island that connects to the Redang Airport. There are trails to walk on, to and fro from places.

Redang Island doesn't have any water taxis but there are boats available to cover short distances and to visit nearby islands. Most of the water transport is arranged by the resorts on request.

Motorbikes are also available for rent to travel to and from places on the island. Bike Rentals cost approximately RM 50 per day. However, the distance from Kampung Baru to Long Beach has to be covered on foot. Taking a boat from Kampung Baru to Long Beach or vice versa costs about RM 100 per person. Boat rentals for a day which cover several tourist spots for snorkelling and Long Beach are also an option.

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