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Redang Island, Malaysia

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Country: Malaysia  Area: Terengganu

Water Temp: 26 - 30°C (79 - 86°F)

Visibility: 5 - 20m (16 - 66 ft)

Depth Range: 5 - 30m (16 - 98 ft)

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Crystal clear waters, abundant tropical fish just 50ft from white sandy beaches, Redang Island is one of largest Island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. The visibility is 18 metre to 20 metre and the light can penetrated down to 30 metres where most divers fall in love aside from the rich variety of soft and hard coral. Not to mention turtles that can be easily spotted during the dive.

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Access is from Merang or Shahbandar Jetty Kuala Terengganu by speed boat or regular ferry.


Redang Island is a more upmarket island than the near by backpacker Perhentian Islands.  All the accommodation is resort based.

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Redang Dive sites are suitable for all level of diver. Most dive sites are reachable via speed boat. For macro life diver easily found baraccuda, bump head Parrot fish,giant grouper,yellow snapper,  jack fish, moray eel, blacktip reef shark ,colourful coral fish and sometimes whale shark if lucky. For micro life, variety of nudi branch, cleaner shrimp, flat worms, box fish, and puffer fish.

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Marine Conservation

Redang Island is a conservative area. There were a sanctuary for turtle  organized by Malaysia Marine Department.

Climate

The climate in this area is tropical although most of the year it is lovely hot beach weather it does have a monsoon season. This is from the beginning of November to the end of February and during this season all accommodation and tourist businesses shut down and most people leave the islands.

Water temperature during this time varies from 27°C-32°C with the coldest water temperature being during the middle of the monsoon and raising back up to 30°C plus for the start of the dive season. This means that it is comfortable to dive in board shorts and a rash vest, or if you are prone to the cold then a 3mm shorty wetsuit. This beautifully warm water lasts all the way through the season and only starts dropping back down at the start of the monsoon at the end October/beginning of November.

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There is plenty of pristine reefs around Redang which are dived by the local dive centres and also from divers on day trips from the Perhentian Islands. These reefs are home to a variety of marine life including turtles, blacktip reef sharks and plenty of macrolife.

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Shore Diving

Tanjung Tengah - Shore dive at pasir panjang Redang Island. A lot of coral fish, stingray, moray eel, and if you're lucky giant grouper. For macro life, variety of nudibranch and gobby fish. The site is suitable for beginner diver and open water course.

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Boat Diving 

Mak CantikAn underwater seamount in water with 12-18 metres depth.This side is rich with barrel corals, mushroom corals,petal corals and sea fans. Aquatic life were schooling baracudda,giant ray,yellow snapper and giant grouper.

Terumbu Killi -  A rocky outcrop that appears above the water and slopes down to sandy bottom with max depth of 20 metres. One of the top dive site at Redang. A school of yellow snapper swimming against the current is a usual thing in this site. Suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced diver.

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Tunnel Point - Located at the southof Tanjung tokong, there is an array of boulders that create caves. One of the best sites if you prefer to dive in the morning due to the light penetrated the tunnel down to the bottom that create light rays  with spectacular view. For beginner diver, intermediate and advanced.

Tanjung Tokong -  one of the best dive sites at Redang Island with maximum depth 38 metres. Have variety of soft coral and hard coral. Baracudda, big eyes jack,turtle,big grouper are among the marine life to see while in Tanjung Tokong. 

Berjaya wreck - A wreck dive. Shallow dive site with almost no current.  It's a good site perfect for beginner to wreck diver and experienced. Nudibranch can be encountered here.

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Che Isa - Have a lot of hard and soft coral. Two underwater sea mounts. Can spot turtle, yellow snapper,blue spotted sting rays. 

Batu China Terjun - The best macro site in Redang Island. Max depth 14 metre to 19 metres. For Experienced open water. Marine life like pipe fish,cleaner shrimp, puffer fish, lion fish,stone fish can be spotted here.

Big Mount - One of the challenging dive site at Redang Island. Situated at open sea with expectedly strong current. Suggested for advanced level diver. Max depth was 34m. Marine life like batfish, big snapper can be seen here.

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Pasir Akar - Located near the marine park. Lot of artificial reef with variety of soft and hard coral. Micro creature can be spotted here. For experienced open water diver.

Southern Tip - Situated south of Lima Island. Here you will find a lot of soft and hard coral even in a shallow dive.  Sometimes current can be strong in this site. Suitable for open water diver.

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How to Get there

There is an airport on Redang Island which receives daily flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. A cheaper but longer option is to fly to Kuala Terengganu and catch a boat across to the island. The main jetty is at Merang and from there you can catch speedboats and ferriesacross which take about 40mins.

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Where to Eat & Drink

There are 2 jetty at Redang Island;

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Pasir Panjang : Most resort have bars or restaurant of their own. They usually offers full package including accommodation and meal.

Jetty Kampung : Traditional Malay Village. There are a few malay stalls near the hotel or resort. Variety of food for the customer to choose in a very reasonable price.

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Other Activities

Jungle trekking from long beach to fisherman village. Take about more or less 30 minutes.

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Elephant Trekking & Abuse

On a general note, while in Asia, please do not support Elephant abuse by riding Elephants or supporting Elephant performance.

In Thai culture, the Phajaan or ‘the crush', is the torture method elephants undergo to become a part of the tourism industry. Essentially this involves cruel physical and mental abuse over long periods of time to make the Elephants submissive to humans.
Asian Elephant spines cannot support the weight of people. Carrying people on their backs all day often leads to permanent spinal injuries.
There is responsible Elephant tourism in Thailand - a good rule to remember is that if a tourist outfit offers anything other than getting to spend time with elephants, it is not friendly to them. 
Any outfit that offers riding, circuses or paintings means they have undergone horrific abuse in order to get them to where they are
Please do not support Elephant torture and make your travel companions aware of what lies behind this industry.
  • The 'training' Elephants go through to become a part of the tourism industry involves cruel physical and mental abuse over long periods of time starting as a calf
  • Asian Elephant's spines cannot support the weight of people. Carrying people on their backs all day often leads to permanent spinal injuries.
  • That said, there is responsible Elephant tourism to be found in Asia, a good rule to remember is that if a tourist outfit offers anything other than getting to spend time with elephants, it is not friendly to them.
  • Remember; any outfit that offers riding, circuses or paintings it basically means the Elephants have undergone horrific abuse in order to get there

You can help these magnificent animals by making your travel companions aware of what lies behind this industry; the main problem is a lack of awareness.

Dive Report is committed to raising awareness to the abuse suffered by Elephants used in the tourist industry. If you want to know more you can find out more hereherehere and here. Also see a PETA documentary video here.

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Tips

There is a Marine Park Conservation charge of RM5 to visit the islands this has to be paid before boarding a boat and can usually be done at the same time as purchasing your ticket.

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Redang Kalong is a great dive site

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city town

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Weijian Lin

However, they are closing their doors in August 2016... quick go there and book now!

Rating 9/10

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Redang Island10 Jun 2016 - 12 Jun 2016

Great dive at Redang Kalong Dive Resort.

My maiden dive, saw many lovely sea creatures - Nemo; stingray; schools of fish etc.

Water was clear, corals were pristine.

Dive masters were friendly and caring, always showing us nice new places to go.

Highly recommended.

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Ron Ng

awesome stuff!!!! Love this place

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