Redang Island Terengganu Malaysia

Redang-Island-Terengganu-MalaysiaExtraordinary!  That is really the only way to describe Redang Island in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia.

Located about ninety minutes by fast ferry from the capital Kuala Terengganu, Redang consists of a small archipelago consisting of nine islands, which has been preserved as a marine sanctuary, plus the main island of Redang which is the largest in the group.

Redang Islands Preserved as a Marine Park

Redang Island is the largest island on the east coast of peninsula Malaysia, and has a beauty that is hard to beat.

The Pulau Redang Archipelago also consists of the islands called Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Pinang.

Whilst supervised day trips are allowed to the smaller islands, Redang is the only island on which guests are allowed to stay, and it contains sixteen resorts, which appeal to most budgets.  However, there is no distinct backpacker accommodation.

Beautiful Beaches

All resorts are self-contained, but perhaps the best of these beaches is Pasir Panjang.  The sand here is a brilliant ivory colour, and the azure-coloured waters are crystal clear.

When you go for a swim, the water is very warm at first, but as you go deeper, and you need only to go as deep as chest height, the waters become slightly cooler, but definitely not cold, and infinitely more comfortable.

The sun is normally quite fierce so you do need to apply lots of sunscreen, and I would recommend that you even wear a hat, assuming that you are not swimming or snorkelling.

Although snorkelling and diving are popular pastimes at the resorts, most visitors also visit one of the supervised marine sanctuaries.

If you get to one of these islands at the wrong time, they can be filled with hundreds of people, usually wearing life jackets, who congregate in the netted swimming areas.

Find a beach for yourself

I found that snorkelling was more enjoyable, by going to one of the deserted, un-netted beaches, where a few of us had the whole beach to ourselves, so you weren’t bumping into people whilst snorkelling.

The coral here has been damaged in the past, but is in a state of repair.  The variety of fish, however, was excellent, and the sheer number and varieties of sea cucumbers, quite literally thousands of them resting on the sea floor, was very impressive.

I have visited many island, and Redang Island was very impressive.

It was a great place to relax, facilities were superb, but the true fascination for me was the pure beauty of this remarkable island.

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