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Islands of Terengganu ~ Redang Island

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Still relatively undeveloped and unspoiled, the island provides excellent opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving and jungle trekking to keep you occupied or just relaxing along the glistening white beaches.

Pulau Redang, approximately 7km in length 6km in width, is the largest of a cluster of nine islands; Pulau Pinang is much smaller and there are seven islets, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling (also called Pulau Chipor) and Pulau Lima.


The People
Redang Island is a home for a community of nearly 250 fisherman families who are believed to be the descendents of the settlers (the Bugis were reputed to be formidable warriors and skilled seafarers). Coming from the Celebes (Sulawesi) in Indonesia, to escape from the many clan wars there. Their village lies at the left bank of Sungai Redang estuary, approximately 3 kilometers inland.


Berjaya Beach ResortBeaches & Reefs
The best beaches are probably those located at Teluk Dalam ('Deep Water Bay'). This bay has 2 distinct stretches of beach, one at Teluk Dalam Kecil where Berjaya Beach Resort is located and the other at Teluk Dalam Besar where there are currently no resorts. The water here is clear and calm with sandy bottom which is excellent for swimming. The two beaches are separated by a hilly outcrop. A road built on top of the hill provides easy access between the two beaches. A jungle path also connects the beach at Teluk Dalam Besar to Pasir Panjang, a trek that can be covered in about an hour.

Pasir Panjang beachPasir Panjang beach is essentially one long stretch of sandy beach shaped like a birdwing or 'V' where one wing forms the northern stretch while the other the southern stretch, both wings meeting at Tanjung Tengah in the centre. Coral reefs line most parts of the eastern shore from Pasir Panjang all the way down to the south of Teluk Kalong, so most resorts would have easy access to house reefs just off the beach. The best house reefs are arguably those in Pasir Panjang. There are 3 house reefs: around Tanjung Tengah where Shark Bay is located, at Tanjung Mak Cantik where Redang Reef resort is located and in front of Redang Holiday. All of them are easily accessible regardless of which resort you stay at in Pasir Panjang. Next best are the house reefs at Teluk Kalong.

At Berjaya Beach Resort in Teluk Dalam Kecil, the house reef is further out from shore towards the sides of the bay, making it less easily accessible.


Activities
 Sheltered within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the waters here abound with marine life. At mid-day, when the rays of the sun penetrate the sea, brilliant hues of coral, anemones and clams may be seen. with 500 species of live corals, more than a thousand species of invertebrates and almost 3000 species of fishes which includes manta rays, stingrays, sharks and the occasional whale sharks, it is a paradise for diving and snorkelling.

Apart from snorkeling and diving, one can trek around the trails in the northern part of the island and visit the fishing village on stilts at the estuary of the Redang River.


Turtle hatching out into the worldChagar Hutang Turtle Research Unit
Pasir Chagar Hutang lies in a bay at the northern end of the island. There are no through roads and the only way to get there is by boat or trekking through unmarked jungle. This is a nesting site for turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. A turtle could lay as many as 8 times in one season that lasts from April until late September. Here volunteers help out in a conservation programme for the turtles. The islanders believe that magical beings known as 'Orang Bunian' inhabit the area. It is believed that these 'beings' grant wishes in return for offerings brought to them by those who seek their help.


Stay-in Redang Island
There are no bad beaches in Redang. Regardless of where you stay (except at Berjaya Spa Resort which does not have a beach as it is located on a hill), you'll always find soft, fine white sand beneath your feet. Stormy weather and strong waves can deposit debris and broken coral on the beach but over time, the sandy beach is restored when new sand is deposited.

There are different types of accommodation to suit different needs ranging from campsites and budget resorts all the way to 4 star resorts. There are currently 15 resorts and 1 campsite on Redang, with two new resorts under construction. At the lowest end of the budget are the campsites while Berjaya Beach, Laguna Redang and Coral Redang resorts round off the higher end of the budget scale. Most resorts offer acceptable standards of accommodation with air-con rooms and attached bathrooms. An increasing number are also equipped with hot showers. Standards are improving all across the board as resorts continue to renovate and upgrade themselves to compete with one another.

All the resorts are located at Teluk Kalong and Pasir Panjang on the eastern side of Redang, except for Berjaya Beach Resort at Teluk Dalam in the north and Berjaya Redang Spa Resort in Teluk Siang in the south, face the Marine Park Centre.

Teluk Kalong also offers more privacy and quiet with fewer resorts spread out across it: Redang Kalong & Redang Inn are the only resorts at Teluk Kalong Besar, while at Teluk Kalong Kecil, Wisana is on its own little stretch of beach with Mutiara and the campsite sharing the neighbouring beach, both beaches separated by a rocky outcrop.

With so many resorts located at Pasir Panjang, it can get very busy during peak season, especially around Tanjung Tengah. Resorts located at the southern and northern ends of Pasir Panjang offer more peace and quiet as there is less passer-by traffic.

The Berjaya & Laguna resorts are at the top of the comfort scale. The next group of resorts on the comfort scale are Coral Redang with its very lovely villas. Redang Beach with its cozy chalets and Redang Beach are probably next in line with the rest of the other 'budget' resorts following closely behind. Berjaya resorts are exclusive and with access to two long stretches of beach at Teluk Dalam, guests at Berjaya Beach should have no problems finding their own private, quiet space on the beach.


Getting There
Located 45km of the coast of Kuala Terengganu, Redang Island is accessible by boat from Merang Jetty. Different speedboats are attached to different resorts on the island. If you have booked with a resort on the island, more than likely the appointed boat will already be there waiting for you. Some boats belong to the resort and is therefore easy to pick out with the resort's name clearly printed. But many are hired boats and belong to private operators so just inform the boatman which resort you are staying at, and he will direct you to the right boat.
Delay is a normal occurrence. There have been occasions when passengers had to wait quite a while for other guests delayed enroute, so be prepared! Pulau Redang is roughly 22km from the Merang Estuary and the boat ride takes approximately 45mins.
 


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Diving in Redang
Redang is one of the most popular diving destinations in Peninsular Malaysia. The dive sites around this island rarely exceeds 20 meters and is favorable to divers of all level. Most dive sites in Redang are located within ten minutes boat ride from the resort areas.



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