Redang Island

  • The Datai, Datai Bay

The stunning azure colour of the warm waters in the Redang archipelago attracts divers, snorkelers, sun-seekers, and marine life enthusiasts from around the world. The islands belong to the protected Redang Marine Park, and Redang Island is the largest and most popular destination in the park. The tropical fish that inhabit the waters are colourful and luminous, and on land you’ll spot monkeys, squirrels, and lizards.

Pasir Panjang is the largest and most popular beach, but the best snorkelling by far is up north. Watch out for baby reef tip sharks and turtles. Thankfully, jet skiing and water skiing are banned within the marine park for the reef’s protection, though there is an abundance of water sporting activities, including kayaking and fishing beyond the borders of the protected area.

The best and most practical time to come is between mid-March and late September. During the Monsoon from November to March, most of the island’s facilities are closed. Traditionally, visitors arrive by boat from Merang, about a half hour north of Kuala Terengganu, although there is an airstrip on the southern side of the island for daily flights from Kuala Lumpur. Island-hopping to the Perhentian Islands is possible too, either on dive boats or by negotiating with local boat owners.

The accommodation options on Redang are mostly lovely resorts and the overall vibe is slightly more upmarket than the Perhentian Islands nearby. This makes Redang a great family holiday destination. Experience Travel Group has the information you need to tailor a family holiday or a couples retreat. 

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