Redang Island (Pulau Redang)
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Redang is located 45 km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is the
largest of the group of islands dotting the South China Sea off
the Terengganu coast. The island offers crystal clear waters and
numerous dive sites for the enthusiast. Sheltered within the Redang
Island Marine Park, the waters here abound with marine life.
Redang Archipelago exists of 9 islands that abound with marvelous
marine fishes, turtles and coral reefs that ensure great snorkeling
and scuba-diving. The boat trip starts from the fishing village
of Merang. This is a fishing village North of Kuala Terengganu.
The best time to visit Redang is between April and October. Take
note that most resorts are closed during the Northeast Monsoon,
which blows from November to March.
Redang island is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving,
jungle trekking, boating and canoeing. This paradise-like island
offers crystal clear water, pearly white shores, a colorful array
of spectacular marine life, a breathtaking sunset and what could
be the world's most mature coral gardens. This is your chance to
see and be acquainted with the local eel, giant grouper, black tipped
shark, etc. Chance encounter with the Green turtle and Hawksbill
turtle is common. There are corals of every imaginable shape, size
or color. The observant are rewarded with sights of flatworm, nudibranch,
shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, stonefish, lionfish and pipefish.
No fishing is allowed within a 3.2 km radius of the island as Pulau
Redang. The collection of corals and other aquatic life is also
prohibited. The fines and penalties are severe and each year sees
reports of arrests and fines. Activities prohibited and not allowed
Collecting and taking of aquatic life ( corals, shell or fishes
whether living or alive ). Fishing without a license & Causing
Pollution (3.2 km radius), i.e. littering Possession of spear fishing
equipment. The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic
shipwrecks. The H.M.S Prince of Wales and the H.M.S Repulse were
sunk here at the start of World War II, setting the stage for the
Japanese occupation of Malaya.
The hilly island of Redang can be fascinating in its own way. There
is a moderately well trodden and marked path between Pasir Panjang
and Teluk Dalam beach, about 2 km long. Sights include a small stream
and pools alive with catfish, the occasional encounter with the
shy kancil (little deer) and monkeys, and other jungle flora and
fauna. At the end of the trek is the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort
at Teluk Dalam. For the more adventurous, there are rocky cliffs
and outcrops away from this beaten path that offer spectacular overhead
views of Pasir Panjang below.