Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang is a Malaysian archipelago in the South China Sea comprising nine islands of which Redang is the largest. Paku Bersar, Paku Kecil, Kerengga Besar, and Kerengga Kecil are each a part of the long ocean-based enclave. Pulau Tioman, another popular island located north of Redang, is easier to reach from southern Thai towns such as Pattani and Yala. Redang’s main attractions include those of its island neighbors; scuba diving and snorkeling in the vibrant coral reefs with highlights that include an abundance of protected sea turtles.

Kuala Terengganu is the gateway to Redang and surrounding islands. By ferry, visitors will travel about 20 miles to reach Pulau Redang. It quickly becomes evident why the island is so endeared; the entire landscape is blanketed in lush, jungle foliage – the area is home to one of the oldest jungle rainforests in the world, and suffice to say, trekkers from all over visit for the quintessential jungle experience. The island isn’t all that big, about 3.5 miles by 2.5 miles in width, but it has a lot to offer.

The beaches are second only to incredible diving opportunities. Two main beach areas include locally known Pasir Panjang, or Long Beach to most foreigners, and Teluk Dalam Kecil, a protected cove set on the northeast coast. Around these two areas, amenities have flourished and include one of the only five-star lodging options at Teluk Dalam Kecil called Berjaya Redang Beach Resort. Long Beach spans almost 1000 meters, flanked by a growing number of resorts, and is the more popular of the two.

Just 30 - 40 minutes from Redang aboard a speedboat is Lang Tengah, set almost midway between Redang and Pulau Perentian. Aqua water, pure white sand, myriad corals, and rich marine life create an ideal retreat for nature lovers and divers alike. Visitors will enjoy daily departures to and from the island from Redang and just one trip back and forth in off season, or trips can be arranged via most resorts.

Between April and October, weather is prime in Pulau Redang, which is quite the opposite from the many immensely popular Thailand beaches, offering a great alternative in South East Asian beaches from Spring to Fall. From November through March, northeast monsoons often blow in and most resorts close up for the season.

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