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Redang Island

 

Redang

Redang Island is located at 45 km offshore of Terengganu. The Redang archipelago comprises 9 islands, the Lima Island, Paku Besar Island, Paku Kecil Island, Kerengga Besar Island, Kerengga Kecil Island, Ekor Tebu Island, Ling Island, Pinang Island and Redang Island. This archipelago is abound with marvelous marine fishes, turtles and coral reefs, ensuring a great snorkelling and scuba-diving experience. Redang is approximately 7km in length and 6km in width and is the largest of all other islands in the Marine Park.

The Redang archipelago has been designated as the 'Pulau Redang Marine Parks, Malaysia' as to conserve the islands’ unique ecosystem. There are 500 species of live corals, more than a thousand species of invertebrates and almost 3000 species of fishes, which includes manta rays, stingrays, sharks and whale sharks, all living in harmony in the reefs fringing the islands. It is a real heaven for divers.

Diving enthusiasts and underwater photographers will definitely be entranced by the sights of the islands, which are ranked among the best coral reef in the world. Among the attractions at the 20+ different diving spots, there are shipwrecks near Pinang Island, black coral garden as well as the mysterious submerged chamber. Redang waters also contain two historic shipwrecks. The H.M.S Prince of Wales and H.M.S. Repulse were sunk here during the WWII, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

Water temp: 27°C (80°F) to 32°C (88°F)
Suit: 3mm or 5mm shortie
Visibility: 10 to 20 metres (33 – 66 feet)
Rating: *****
Type of diving: There are more than 20 dives sites to plan your dives at. A wide variety of marine flora and fauna can be found at Redang itself, while other slightly further sites includes The Northern site, Terumbu Kili, the mysterious submerged chamber, and uneven terrain caves, to name a few.
Marine life: Sea fans, soft tree corals, cup coral, nudibranch, sea stars, sea urchin, snappers, rabbitfish, groupers, silver barracudas, clownfish, triggerfish, parrotfish, hammerheads, leatherback turtle, hawksbill turtle, olive ridley turtle, green turtle, whale shark, eagle ray
When to go: April to October. The monsoon season is between November and early March.
How to get there: Fly via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, then onward to Kuala Terengganu, and then take a car/bus ride to the jetty at Merang. Daily boat rides will take you to the island.

 

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