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Monday, February 13, 2006

GEM ISLAND




INTRODUCTION

Gem Island (Pulau Gemia) is a privately owned island, about 800 metres off Kapas Island. Gem Island had white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful corals and fascinating marine life. In another effort to preserve wildlife, one of the beaches on Gem Island is used as a turtle hatchery. Terengganu is renowned as one of the few places where turtles (including the giant Leatherback) come ashore to lay their eggs. On the island the green turtle is the most common. But the Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtle are regular visitors. After laying, the eggs are collected and transferred by Gem Island staff to an enclosure on the beach. This protects them from marauding predators such as monitor lizards, crabs and seabirds.








About 2 months after being laid, the turtle hatchlings emerge from the sand and are put into sea water tanks, to be fed on jelly fish and other fishes, where both staff and visitors can check their progress. Finally when circumstance are most propitious, they are released in batches into the sea, all swimming off in the same direction, out into the ocean - a touching unforgettable sight. It is estimated that their chances of survival to reach maturity are increased from 2 to at least 20 percent by the assistance on Gem Island and other turtle hatcheries.


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LANG TENGAH ISLAND - NICE BEACH





INTRODUCTION
Lang Tengah Island (Pulau Lang Tengah)

Lang Tengah Island or Pulau Lang Tengah off the coast of Terengganu is one of the nation's well-kept secrets. Its arresting beauty can easily captivate you while you are there. Crystal clear sea-water, pristine beaches and untouched tropical jungle. Its arresting beauty lingers forever in your memory. An island you can call your own, private and tranquil.











Take a stroll along the whitewashed, sandy beaches or bath in the sun for that coveted golden tan. Explore the wonders of nature, and you'll be surprised of what you'll discover. Whatever you do, we'll make sure that your stay with us is an enjoyable one.
















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Monday, February 06, 2006

REDANG ISLAND - TOP 10 WORLD ISLAND








Redang Island (Pulau Redang)

REDANG MAP


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 are:








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.



Redang Island lies about 45 km north-northeast of Kuala Terengganu and is accessible via Merang jetty.

GETTING THERE


BY AIR
International visitors can fly via Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Mahmood Airport, Kuala Terengganu.

Taxi service is easily available from Kuala Terengganu to Merang jetty.


Route: Kuala Lumpur => Kuala Terengganu => Merang
From Kuala Terengganu (TGG)
Estimated Travel Time
Rates
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
45 mins

For enquiries on bookings, please call:

Malaysia Airlines:
http://www.malaysiaairlines.com

24 Hours Call Center:

Contact:
1 300 88 3000 (within Malaysia)
+603 7846 3000 (outside Malaysia)

Air Asia:
http://www.airasia.com

Call Centres:
Daily from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm

Contact:
1 300 88 99 33 (within Malaysia)
+603 7884 9000 (outside Malaysia)
Berjaya Air:
http://www.berjaya-air.com

Contact:
603-7847 6828



BY BUS
Route: Kuala Lumpur => Kuala Terengganu
Distances: 517km
Journey: 8 hours
From
To
Timetable
Fare
Putra (PWTC) Station

Tel: +603-42568218
Kuala Terengganu : Stesyen Bas Ekspres Tanjung.

Tel: +609-6228335
9:30am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00noon
9:30pm
10:00pm
10:30pm
11:00pm
12:00mn
Daily
RM25.00
(adult)

RM12.50
(child)

Route: Penang => Kuala Terengganu
Distances: 505km
Journey: 8-9 hours
Coaches like SP Bumi and Atieza depart daily at night from KOMTAR or Butterworth stations to Kuala Terengganu.


Route: Johor (Larkin) => Kuala Terengganu
Distances: 565km
Journey: 10 hours
Johor Bahru (Larkin Bus Terminal)
Tel: +607-2245182, +607-2220045
From
To
Timetable
Fare
Larkin Station /
Hentian Kompleks Pengangkutan Awam

Tel: 07-224 5182
Kuala Terengganu : Stesyen Bas Ekspres Tanjung.

Tel: +609-6228335
10:00am
9:00pm
9:30pm
10:00pm
Daily
RM28.60
(adult)

RM14.30
(child)

Route: Singapore => Kuala Terengganu
Distances: 590km
Journey: 11 hours
Singapore (Lavender Street/ Kallang Bahru Junction)
+65-62947034 /5

You can purchase Transnasional return coach tickets from their ticket office and departure point at Kallang Bahru coach station (tel: +65 62947034) or by phone purchase through their new Coach Booking Centre at Ken Air Transnasional in Suntec City (requires credit card). Only 'economy' class coach tickets are available for their 3 daily services.

Transnasional uses the Causeway, visitors returning to Singapore can choose to get off at Woodlands Immigration Checkpoint (tell the driver that you won't be re-boarding after immigration) or at Kallang Bahru.
From
To
Timetable
Fare
Transional Ekspress d/a Pan Malaysia Pte. Ltd.
Lavander Street, Junction Off Bus Station Kalang Baru, 1233 Singapore.

Tel: +65-62947035
Kuala Terengganu : Stesyen Bas Ekspres Tanjung.

Tel: +609-6228335
9:00am
8:00pm
9:00pm
Daily
RM51.90
(adult)

RM25.90
(child)



SELF DRIVE
From Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Terengganu (approx. 455 km):
Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit.
Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Kuala Terengganu (Coastal road to Kemaman, Dungun and Kuala Terengganu)(223km)

Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit.
Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Bukit Besi (20+km) - turn left
Highway 14 Bukit Besi turn off to Dungun/Ajil (114km) - turn left
Highway 14 Dungun/Ajil to Ajil/Kuala Berang (42km) - turn right Highway 14 Ajil to Kuala Terengganu (35km)

From Penang - Kuala Terengganu (approx. 460 km):
Head east towards Kota Bharu on the East-West highway 4 via Grik and Jertih, then proceed south on highway 3 to Merang or KT.

Singapore/Johor Bahru to KT (approx. 562 km):
Head north on the North-South highway and exit at Yong Peng. Follow highway 1 to Labis and Segamat, highway 12 to Kuantan, then use either highway 14 to KT or coastal highway 3 via Kemaman, Paka and Dungun. The coastal road is more scenic, but may be more congested during daytime peak hours. If you're not in a hurry, you can also use the coastal road all the way. Head towards Mersing & get onto highway 3 all the way to KT.

(Car Park available at Merang Jetty (Redang Island/Lang Tengah Island), Marang Jetty (Kapas Island), Kuala Besut Jetty (Perhentian Island), Gawi Jetty (Kenyir Lake) and Kenyir Dam (Kenyir Houseboat). Approximate RM5.00 per car per night.)

** Remarks: All information given about are correct at the time of publishing and act as a guideline only and subject to change without prior notice.




BY TAXI
Route: Kuala Terengganu Airport => Merang Jetty
Journey: Approximately 25 minutes
Fare: Please refer to your tour representative.




BY SEA
Merang Jetty <=> Redang Island
Journey: Approximately 40 mins
Rate: Please refer to your tour representative.





TENGGOL ISLAND


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From afar the island resembles a person perching, so stood the name 'Tenggol'. ‘Tenggak' in Bahasa Malaysia means 'to perch' but is pronounced as ‘tenggol' in Terengganu's local dialect. For many, many years this deserted island retained its secret whereabouts. Apart from local fishermen waiting out the weather - Tenggol Island was pretty much left to nature.

Then came the Vietnam War and with that came the displaced victims of war….the boat people as we called them. During the late 70's and early 80's, in their last bid to escape their oppressive government, Vietnamese refugees spent all their life savings to buy themselves space on cramped wooden boats heading for a new life in the neighbouring countries. After a gruelling journey facing the dangers of storms, pirates and marine patrols, the last thing they needed was to be sent home. Upon arriving close to the beach, the refugees would ‘break' their boats by crashing them on shallow waters.

The only long stretch of beach on Tenggol Island is at Teluk Air Tawar and in those days, it was completely hidden from view by overhang of umbrella trees, which lined the entire beachfront. Tenggol Islandwas the perfect hideaway.

When found by the Malaysian Marine Patrol, the refugees were herded and taken to the refugee camp on Bidong Island, a short distance from Redang Island. They stayed on at Bidong Island until the disbandment of camp in 1991.



Today, local fishermen still moor their boats at Tenggol Island to shelter from sudden tropical sea storms. The other frequent visitors to the island are the turtles. For millions of years, green turtles and hawksbill turtles driven by their instincts have returned to the same beaches they hatched from, some 30…40…50…60 years ago, to mate and nest.

Now a new breed of visitors has found this tucked-away paradise. Gazetted as part of Terengganu Marine Park, much of the reef remains intact as fishing, spearfishing, harvesting of marine life for decorative purposes and food are strictly prohibited. The superb conservation of the reef has produced the ideal playground for scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, canoeing.

Tenggol Island is a little out of reach from the throngs of weekend holidaymakers flocking to the famed islands of Redang Island, Perhentian Island and Kapas Island. A short ride by speedboat takes you to this wondrously underrated island which offers a traveller an abundance of nature's gifts.

GETTING THERE
BY AIR BY RAIL BY BUS SELF DRIVE BY TAXI BY SEA

17 km off the coast of Kuala Dungan lies the island of Tenggol which is a small rocky island. It is accessible via Kuala Dungub jetty. Visitors of this particular island are mostly fishermen, picnickers and naturalists who comes in search of the many interesting plants and animals, making it an excellent outdoor laboratory. The abundance and variety of the island¡¦s reptile fauna will also captivate visitors.


BY AIR
Journey time From Kuala Dungun TO
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Kerteh (KTE)
30 mins.
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Kuala Terengganu (TGG)
60 mins.

Visitors can fly in and hire a taxi to Kuala Dungun.

For enquiries on bookings, please call:

Malaysia Airlines:
http://www.malaysiaairlines.com

24 Hours Call Center:

Contact:
1 300 88 3000 (within Malaysia)
+603 7846 3000 (outside Malaysia)

Air Asia:
http://www.airasia.com

Call Centres:
Daily from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm

Contact:
1 300 88 99 33 (within Malaysia)
+603 7884 9000 (outside Malaysia)



BY BUS
Route: Kuala Lumpur => Dungun
Distances: 389km
Journey: 7 hours
From
To
Timetable
Fare
Transnational
Kuala Lumpur : Hentian Bas Putra, Jalan Tun Ismail

Tel: 03-40438984
Dungun :
Jalan Baru Bak Sabah

Tel: 09-8481480
9:30am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00nn
9:30pm
10:00pm
10:30pm
11:00pm
12:00mn
Daily
RM21.40
(adult)

RM10.70
(child)

You can take a daily express bus (Transnasional) from Singapore to Kuala Terengganu (you have to tell the driver that you want to stop at Dungun) in the evening and you'll reach Dungun approx. at 0400am.




SELF DRIVE
From Kuala Lumpur - Dungun:
Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit.
Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Kuala Terengganu (Coastal road to Kemaman, Dungun) (223km)

Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit.
Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Bukit Besi (20+km) - turn left
Highway 14 Bukit Besi turn off to Dungun/Ajil (114km) - turn left
Highway 14 Dungun

Coming from Kuantan turn right into a road leading to Kuala Dungun. This turn off is roughly 1.5 to 2hrs from Kuantan on the coastal road heading towards Kuala Terengganu. Coming from Kuala Terengganu, the drive takes approximately 45mins - 1hr. Go through Kuala Dungun (referred to as Dungun by the locals) and head down to the end of the town; following the bend to the jetty. Dungun jetty is your take-off point to Pulau Tenggol. Stalls at the fish market nearby flog a variety of pelagic fishes. Sometimes, even reef fishes find their way onto the list. If not in a hurry, loitering around the jetty area can be an experience in itself especially when the fishing boats return from their days out at sea. As baskets are hoisted from the boats, middlemen are already there to haggle over the price of a few cents. Most common catch of the day would be the mackerels, barracudas, and tunas; free-swimmers such as kembung, cincaru and selar are great for barbecues. You could even buy a few for the island¡Kthe resort managers are usually too happy to help make your trip most satisfying¡Kso by putting a few fishes on the fire for your dinner is a welcomed idea. As this is a request, remember not to expect it as part of the package.

From Singapore:
If you're driving, the journey to reach Kuala Dungun will take about 6 to 8 hrs drive depends on how frequent you stop for breaks. There are 2 routes to take for this journey.

1st route : Singapore - Johor Bahru - Kota Tinggi - Mersing - Kuantan - Kuala Dungun

2nd route : Singapore - Johor Bahru - Ayer Hitam (highway) - Tangkak - Segamat (exit) - Kuantan - Kuala Dungun





BY TAXI
Route: Kuala Terengganu => Dungun
Journey: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Fare: RM35 per taxi




BY SEA
Ferry services have to be arranged from Kuala Dungun as Tenggol Island is not serviced by public or regular transport. Resorts in Tenggol Island provide ferry services between the island and Kuala Dungun.


Merang Jetty <=> Tenggol Island
Journey: Approximately 1 hour
Rate: RM95 /adult for 2 ways / RM50 /child for 2 ways.
Please refer to your tour representative or Tenggol Island Resort for more information.

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