Redang Island, Mayasia.
Redang Island, known by the locals as Pulau Redang is the largest island part of an archipelago comprising of nine islands situated 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Its incredibly pristine waters fringed by white sand, against the backdrop of lushes tropical jungle-clad hills make it a picture-postcard island. Redang Island measures about 7 km long and 6 km wide with a highest peak Bukit Besar, at 359 metres rising majestically above sea.
Over the years, Redang has grown to be one of the most popular destinations for tourists and divers due its pristine nature and rich marine environment which falls under the protection of the Redang Marine Park. Diving enthusiasts and underwater photographers will definitely have no shortage of underwater dive sights surrounding the islands, which rank among the best coral reef in this region of the world. With over twenty dive spots, WW2 shipwrecks near Pinang Island, black coral garden as well as the mysterious submerged chamber, both located in the vicinity of Lima Island you will experience what makes this island such a wonderful place to visit.
The waters surrounding Redang island abound with magnificent variety of marine life, including moray eels, giant groupers and clown fish and many more colorful tropical marine life you will have the pleasure to see. There are three species of turtles that come to Redang to nest – the Green Turtel, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill. Green turtles next between March to December with a peak in August, and January to September for Hawksbills and Olive Ridleys in May. The nesting points include Pasir Chagar Hutang, Pasir Mak Simpan, Pasir Mak Kepit, Pasir Bujang and Teluk Dalam are all protected but if you are lucky you will may get a chance to see one of natures most majestic swimmers.
You can also kayak around the island and play beach volleyball. Fising is banned but outside a two-mile boundary around the island, angling is permitted.
The Redang archipelago constitutes the islands of Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Pinang with only the bigger islands like Redang, Lang Tengah, Perhentian and Kapas have resort facilities for visitors.
Redand Island boasts two beautiful beaches, the Long Beach or locally known as Pasir Panjang, situated on the east coast and Teluk Dalam Kecil, a sheltered cove tucked away on the northeast of the island. Teluk Dalam Kecil is the location of the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort, a five-star accommodation on the island.
Streching over 800m, Pasir Panjang is a dream come true for sun-seekers. Here, underneath the clear blue sky, one can spend hours by basking in the sun, or strolling by the beach and feel the sensation of soft sand sinking under the feet. The beach is lined by a number of resorts overlooking the sea, offering various styles of accommodation.
Access is from Merang or Kuala Terengganu on boats operated by the resorts; there is also a small airport with services operated by Berjaya Air from Singapore (Seletar Airport) and Kuala Lumpur (Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport).
The best time to visit Pulau Redang is between April and October. Take note that most resorts are closed during the Northeast Monsoon, which blows from November to March.