Saturday, March 08, 2014
Of all the islands in Terengganu, Pulau Redang is perhaps the most famous among them. The island is blessed with development and tourism infrastructures. To date, chalets and resorts have mushroomed to cater for the ever-increasing tourist arrivals. There is a small airport for a direct flight from Subang Airport, Kuala Lumpur and Seletar Airport, Singapore, operated by Berjaya Air. Most of the arrival is via Merang Jetty in Setiu. The Fisheries Act of 1985 declared Redang and its archipelago as a marine park. In fact, the whole of Pulau Redang offers abundance of marine lives, coral gardens and a few ship wrecks which are definite thrills and excitements for scuba-divers.
Accessible from Merang Jetty in Setiu, a 30-minute drive north of Kuala Terengganu, off the Terengganu coastline on the northeastern coast is the Redang Archipelago. It is made up of a few islands namely Pulau Redang (the largest), Pulau Pinang, Pulau Kerengga, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu and Pulau Susu Dara. This area has also been gazetted as a marine park and its brilliant underwater world is one of the best in Malaysia. Redang Island is indeed one of Malaysia’s most idyllic islands. This tropical paradise offers pearly-white sandy beaches, sparkling clear seawater, lovely sunrises and spectacular marine life. Its marvellous marine fish varieties, turtles and huge range of coral reefs make it a wonderful diving spot and its diverse coral species are said to be among the best in the world. The five famous dive sites in Redang are Tanjung Lang, Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Gua Kawah, Pasir Panjang and Batu Mak Cantek. There are even a few shipwrecks dive sites, offering an adventure for divers. Apart from diving, beach lovers can also enjoy other activities like swimming, snorkelling, fishing, boating or sunbathing. You can check in to one of the many resorts on the island, offering full packages including land and sea transfers, accommodation, full board meals and activities or room packages only. Bookings can be arranged at any local or foreign travel agents for a delightful island getaway.
Redang can be reached within 45 minutes by speed boat from jetty in Merang, a small fishing village about 30 minutes by road north from Kuala Terengganu. Alternatively, you may also take a ferry ride from Shah Bandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu it takes 1 hour 45 minutes to reach the island. The boat fare is RM100.00 per person return.
Merang Jetty is the gateway to Pulau Redang, situated 38 km north of Kuala Terengganu, travelling time takes 20-30 minutes depending upon traffic. By taking the Sultan Mahmud Bridge until reaching roundabout Batu Enam, take 3o’clock route towards the coastal road. Follow the road signage using coastal road.
There are taxi services available from Kuala Terengganu Taxi Terminal. Most hotels in Kuala Terengganu should be able to arrange taxi to Pantai Merang. There is a bus service that plies the route nearby Pantai Merang but it would be much convenient to either grab a taxi or arrange car rental as the bus service is infrequent.
There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly. There is also a direct flight by Firefly from Singapore. As most tourists prefers to go to the islands of Redang or Lang Tengah, Pantai Merang is enjoyable for those arrived on late flights and would like to savour the early morning sunrise and cool bayou from the sea before taking the boat ride to the islands. There are taxi and car rental services available at the airport terminal. Journey time from the airport is around 25 minutes to Merang Jetty.
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