Unwind on a choice of pristine palm- and casuarina-fringed white-sand beaches that dot the coastline of lush, jungle-clad Redang Island, the largest of nine islands that make up the archipelago.
Overlooked by Bukit Besar (359m), Redang’s highest peak, this tropical island paradise provides 17 resorts that typically front powder-white sandy beaches lapped by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the South China Sea.
Redang is arguably Malaysia’s premiere marine park, famous for its rich diversity of marine life.
Superb snorkelling and diving options at 30 dive sites boast more than 50 species of coral and 100 species of fish.
Snorkel or dive among thousands of colourful reef fish such as angelfish and parrotfish, and in deeper waters spot jack fish, tuna, barracudas, turtles and sharks.
These waters are also famous for two historic shipwrecks: HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, which were sunk at the start of World War II, just prior to the Japanese occupation of Malaya.
Island-hop around the archipelago, explore the rugged coastline by sea kayak, play volleyball on the pristine white sand, go wind-surfing or take a jungle hike into the interior. Several resorts offer open water PADI diving courses.
(Note: Jet and water skis are banned to protect the coral and fishing is allowed only beyond the park’s 3km limit.)
Unwind on a choice of pristine palm- and casuarina-fringed white-sand beaches that dot the coastline of lush, jungle-clad Redang Island, including any of the following…
Dip your toes into the soft white sand that shelves gently into the turquoise waters of Teluk Dalam (Deep Water Bay), a narrow, pretty cove framed by lush jungle-clad rocky headlands. The beach is divided by a hilly outcrop.
Kecil Beach is home to The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort (formerly known as Berjaya Redang Resort), a luxurious bespoke private beach residence that offers guests a wide range of creature comforts and which nestles amid tropical rainforest and swaying palm trees.
A jungle path connects Kecil Beach to the resort-free Teluk Dalam Besar Beach; from there the track continues to Pasir Panjang, a scenic walk that usually takes about one hour.
(Long Beach) – This long, wing-shaped, palm-fringed powder-white beach is home to several beach resorts including the luxury Laguna Redang Resort, which offers a variety of activities.
The beach faces picturesque offshore islands known for superb diving and snorkelling along the fringing reef, which starts just 15m from the beach.
A jungle trail from Pasir Panjang Beach leads south to Pantai Teluk Kalong, one of three gorgeous white-sand beaches, fringed by lush jungle hills and separated by rocky headlands.
Here you can find three beach resorts, including the Redang Kalong Resort, overlooking a pristine white-sand beach and facing picturesque offshore islands.
This southern region is known for the best snorkelling and diving on Redang Island.
Redang Island offers newlyweds a choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following…
The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort
Location: Redang Island
Prices: from AUD334 per room
Description: Situated off the coast of Terengganu, the luxurious The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort features spacious rooms with a balcony. The resort features a swimming pool and 4 dining options. Taaras Beach Resort’s rooms include modern décor, and have air conditioning and a fan. Also included in the elegant rooms are a tea/coffee maker and minibar. Guests can work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, or enjoy relaxing body treatments and massages at the spa. The resort also provides currency exchange services at the 24-hour front desk. The Asean all-day dining restaurant serves local and international dishes, and Beach Brasserie specializes in Japanese, Indian and Western food. Other dining options include light snacks and refreshing beverages at the open-air Bayu Bar. Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is 45.1 km from Sultan Mahmud Airport, followed by a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Shahbandar Jetty.
Laguna Redang Island Resort
Location: Redang Island
Prices: from AUD230 per room
Description: Situated along the shores, Laguna Redang Island Resort offers comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in the public areas. Operating a 24-hour front desk, it features a restaurant and a large outdoor pool. Fitted with wooden flooring, air-conditioned rooms include a wardrobe, personal safe, a TV, fridge and seating area. The en suite bathroom comes equipped with shower facility, towels and free toiletries. At Laguna Redang Island Resort, guests can indulge in a pampering massage or enjoy activities such as hiking, diving and snorkelling. Luggage storage facility and airport shuttle services are also available. The in-house restaurant serves a delectable spread of local and Continental dishes. After-meal drinks can be enjoyed at the bar, while barbecue facilities are provided. Laguna Redang Island Resort is about 15 minutes away from Marine Park by boat.
Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa, Redang
Location: Redang Island
Prices: from AUD154 per room
Description: Steps from Pasir Panjang’s white sands and clear waters, Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa Redang features spacious villas with private balconies and spa tubs. It has a beachfront pool and restaurant. The spaciousness of tropical-style villas at Sari Pacifica Redang allow for a large walk-in closet and sitting area. In-room comforts include a TV and hot sower. Lounge on outdoor day beds with a cocktail in hand or enjoy the views and go for a swim in the outdoor pool. Sari Pacifica also provides barbecue facilities, as well as snorkeling and diving equipment. Redang Sari Pacifica’s restaurant has all-day dining with local dishes. Several dining options are easily accessible from the resort. Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa is about a 30-minute boat ride from Merang Jetty.
The best time to visit Redang Island is between January and March.
Redang has a hot tropical climate with no dry season. You can expect brief tropical rain showers at anytime. Temperatures average 30°C (86°F) year round.
Redang is affected by the northeast monsoon that brings heavy rainfalls and rough seas between November and January, when ferry transport schedules are restricted and most resorts close.
For more climate info: Redang Weather Guide…
Redang Island is located just off the north-east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. The island lies south of the Perhentian Islands.
The most convenient route to Redang Island is by air to Sultan Mahmud Airport (TGG) in Kuala Terengganu, followed by a short boat ride.
From most international destinations this requires first flying into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), followed by a connecting flight to Sultan Mahmud Airport (TGG).
From Sultan Mahmud Airport, it's a 12-minute taxi ride to Shahbander Jetty to board the ferry to Berjaya Jetty, which is located on the south side of Redang island. The ferry trip usually takes 1 hour 15 minutes and operates three-times daily.
Alternatively, you can take a 40-minute speedboat ride from Merang, around 30km (18mi) north of Kuala Terengganu.
The resorts offer transfers from the airport and jetties by prior arrangement.
Information on how to get to Redang…
Latest update: Redang Island: 22 June, 2022