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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.





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