Pulau Redang is a small island group in the South Chinese Sea, on the east side of Peninsular Malaysia. Redang lies within protected marine waters, also known as Terengganu Marine Park. It lies about 45 kilometres from the coast of the city of Kuala Terengganu. Redang Island has grown into one of the most popular tourist destinations on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The reefs of the Redang archipelago are home to over 55 genera of corals and 100 species of fish. The island is especially popular among travellers who like a bit more luxury during their stay. Redang has many luxurious resorts, many of them are of international standards. Redang is a perfect area to dive. It is known for its amazing visibility and pristine coral reefs. During a dive you are able to see schools of jacks, fusiliers and trevallies, black tip reef sharks, humphead parrotfish, cuttlefish and turtles. There are even occasional sightings of manta rays and whale sharks. The island is also perfect for nice nature walks. At the resorts you can ask for a map on which all roads are indicated. For these walks the same rules apply as the ones in the jungle, make sure you have an effective repellant against mosquitoes, and go well-dressed into the bush.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit is on between march and October because most of the resorts are closed during the North-east Monsoon, which blows from November to February.
Traveller have to take ferry from jetties in Kuala Terengganu. The ferry rides take about 40 minutes from Merang jetty and 1 hour and 15 minutes from Shahbandar jetty.
From Kuala Lumpur, take the east bound highway to Kuantan and headed to highway 3 in the direction to Kuala Terengganu (follow the signboard). Marang is about 30-45 minutes after Dungun. If you come from Singapore, take the North-South Highway and exit at Yong Peng. Then, headed to Labis and Segamat and use highway 12 to Kuantan and use the coastal highway 3 to Marang in direction Kuala Terengganu.Cark park is available at both jetties with 24-hour surveillance charge around MYR10*.
There are many coaches available to go to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru. The price of ticket from these terminal to Kuala Terengganu estimate around MYR50*. If you want to travel by coach from Singapore, you can choose to go with Transnational bus at Singapore Lavender bus station to Kuala Terengganu with price SGD48*. Their time travelling might be longer and as an alternative, Konsortium bus is another choice operate at Singapore Golden Mile Complex directly to Merang/Shahbandar jetty.
Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia fly directly to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur International Airport twice daily for about 45 minutes of journey. Meanwhile, Malindo Air and Firefly depart from Subang Airport. Then, you can take public transport to the jetty after arrive in Kuala Terengganu.