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From a sleepy fishing village, 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. Every year, Redang Island attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the sun, beaches and spectacular marine life.

Redang Island boasts with white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, crystal clear waters and spectacular coral reefs. It's everything that you hoped a tropical island would be and this idyllic place is less than an hour from the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. With excellent visibility and spectacular, easily accessible coral reefs, it is no wonder that Redang is hailed as a scuba diving and snorkelling paradise. Even right in front of the most popular beach, the rocks are home to various species of coral, reef sharks and moray eels. Redang and the surrounding islets were gazetted as a marine park in the early 90's and human activity in the area is strictly controlled in order to protect the marine ecosystems.

Under the protected status, Redang has experienced a tourism boom and is a very popular weekend destination. Apart from the impressive diving, picturesque beaches (and beach parties), another thing that has contributed to Redang's popularity in recent years is the hit Chinese comedy Summer Holiday that was shot on location here. Redang Island has everything that you need for a fun island holiday - great beaches, warm tropical waters and plenty to do during the day and night time.

The Diving...

Redang Island is a heaven for divers. It is an underwater photographers dream comes true. Words do not do justice for the kaleidoscope of marine life found in this underwater wonderland. Marine critters of all shapes, sizes and colors make their home amidst coral tables. The marine water of Redang Island lies within the Indo-Pacific region. It's diversity of marine fauna is far better than any found in this region.

Among the attractions at the twenty over different dive sites, there are shipwrecks near Pinang Island, Black Coral Garden as well as the Mysterious Submerged Chamber, both located in the vicinity of Lima Island. And not forgetting is the Mini Mount situated between Kerenggan Besar Island and Kerenggan Kecil Island.

Getting there...

Redang Island is located 42km north east of Kuala Terengganu (22.5km from Tanjung Merang) on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The island can be reached by approximately an hour speedboat ride from Tanjung Merang jetty (not to be confused with Marang, south of Kuala Terengganu), or by plane (Berjaya Air) from Kuala Lumpur.

By plane
Apart from Berjaya Air offers daily flights from Subang airport to Redang Island (approx. 70mins). The closest airport to Tanjung Merang is Sultan Mahmood Airport, Kuala Terengganu. Air Asia (LCCT), Firefly (Subang airport), and Malaysia Airlines (KLIA) flies daily to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur. Estimated travel time is 50 minutes, from airport to Tanjung Merang takes approximately 30 minutes. Transportation from airport to Tanjung Merang jetty can be arranged upon request.

By coach
In Kuala Lumpur, buses depart from Putra Bus Terminal (opposite PWTC). Several choices are available, including Transnational, Mara Liner, Mutiara and Sutera Express. The journey takes around 7 hours and stop at the MPKT (Majlis Perbandaran Kuala Terengganu) Bus Terminal. Tanjung Merang is about 40 minutes from Kuala Terengganu. Transportation from bus terminal to Tanjung Merang jetty can be arranged upon request.

Self drive
From Kuala Lumpur - via coastal road - Kuala Terengganu:
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)

From Kuala Lumpur - via Jerangau Jabor - Kuala Terengganu:
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)