Redang Island

Dotting the South China Sea about 45 kilometres off the long Terengganu coastline, Pulau Redang and its neighbouring islands were officially declared a marine park in 1991. The marine park consists of nine islands:

Pulau Redang, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara and Pulau Kapas. The seas around these islands have a fascinating variety of marine life and are excellent for underwater exploration and photography. The unspoilt table coral formations are spectacular as are the sea cucumbers found in abundance on the ocean floor.

The seas around these islands have a fascinating variety of marine life and are excellent for underwater exploration and photography. The unspoilt table coral formations are spectacular, and there are abundant of sea cucumbers on the ocean floor.

There are five notable dive sites off Redang. These include Tanjung Lang and Tanjong Tokong, north of Redang which have a variety of corals, including hydrozoans, anthozoans and a great number of sea fans and sea whips.

The other dive sites are at Tanjung Gua Kawah, Pasir Panjang and Batu Mak Cantek. Visibility is generally excellent for diving extending up to about 30 metres in fine weather conditions. Visitors to Pulau Redang have a choice of accommodation facilities ranging from budget to international standard hotels. The premier properties on the island are the 100-room Berjaya Redang.

Located on the edge of the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the twin islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil are fringed by coral reefs and provide superb underwater seascapes for snorkelling and scuba diving. Those who enjoy windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and deep sea fishing will also find these islands to be a paradise for such activities. Covered by virgin jungle, windswept palms, powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, these islands are a sanctuary to fishermen, migratory birds and holidaymakers. Perhentian Besar, the more developed of the two provides chalets, dormitories and campsites. The 102-room Perhentian Island Resort (Tel : 03-244 8531 (KL) / 010-903 0100 Fax: 010-903 0106) offers comfortable accommodation and other amenities for a pleasant holiday. Camping facilities are available on some of the lesser islands. Diving trips have to be arranged with tour operators.

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