What tourists said about visiting Islands in Terengganu
“Redang Island – Perfect island getaway”
Redang is a beautiful island full of spectacular scenery that many can only dream about. Fortunately, I visited this island recently and when I realised how amazing it was, I never wanted to leave. It is the perfect place for a wonderful getaway, filled with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
If you get a chance, visit Redang, the tropical island, off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and don’t forget to appreciate the beauty of it, in it’s entirety. Most of all, if you are looking for an ideal secluded accommodation, look no further than a stay at Wisana, where you get a private beach, as well as great service from the staff members.
Visited September 2014
“Redang Island – Beautiful Island with amazing views!”
Visited last month. Very nice sandy white beach with amazing crystal clear water that you could see fishes swimming around and even spot some turtles by just snorkelling if you’re lucky! You can stay at Pasir Panjang(Long Beach) if you like beach activities or nightlife.
It has a few selection of resorts, mostly are are mid-range ones; i.e Laguna Redang. If you like to spend your quality time in privacy, you can stay at The Taaras, with its private beach and 5 stars service. Or you can also enjoy a privacy vacation at Wisana Village(the place where I stayed), which is located at Teluk Kalong Kecil.
It also has its own stretch of beach with nearly 3x less price as compared to The Taaras. And if you like for a little jungle trekking, just ask them(Wisana staffs), as they will guide you(the path is just behind the resort), and I am sure will be amazed with the views from one of the highest points at Redang I pressume. 🙂
Visited September 2014
“Perhentian Islands – Great Beaches, Amazing Diving and Snorkeling”
Perhentian Islands have some of the best beaches in Malaysia combined with some amazing diving and snorkeling sites (all easily accessible). Very family / couples oriented with lots of piece and quiet (if you are looking for the Phuket kind of nightlife, you better go to Phuket) Getting to Perhentian is easy via Kota Bahru airport and take a taxi to Kuala Besut.
The taxi from airport is super organised, no touts harassing people, you come out of the arrival hall and hop in the first taxi lined up, they have a fixed fare of RM78 so no haggling on price. The taxi ride takes about 1 hour to Kuala Besut Jetty, once there you take a speed boat which takes around 30 min to get to your resort (Air..taxi…boat…sure sounds like a lot of travelling, but its very easy and organised so it feels quite easy).
There are boats leaving every 30 mins in the morning (try and get to the jetty before 11am) so you don’t waste a lot of time sitting at the jetty. The two islands are quite close to each other with lots of boat taxis crossing over so you can see quite a few nice beaches and also go snorkeling at quite a few good sites – I saw 3 coral cat sharks just off the coral next to our hotel.
If you are staying at Perhentian Besar do go over to Paradise restaurant which serves great Thai food (decent prices) with a smile and also has beer ! (which some of the hotels don’t serve in their restaurants).
Visited August 2014
“Perhentian Islands – A small paradise”
Magnificent clear blue waters. We stayed at the Coral Bay area and managed to explore the beautiful Long Beach (a 10-15 minute walk through the jungle-there is a pathway between these both beaches).
From Long Beach, we hired a water taxi to take us to the windmill area. Water taxi from Long Beach to Windmill is cheaper than from Coral Bay. You could also hike your way to the Windmill. Do note that the Windmill’s jetty is broken(?) due to the monsoon so we had to do some rock climbing to get to the bridge.
This is one of our highlights during our stay at Perhentian Island. Better visit it soon before it is gone.
Visited August 2014
About Islands in Terengganu
Terengganu, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, beckons with an aura that is distinctively Malay. Its traditional way of life, vibrant cottage industries and fascinating cultural pastimes give the state its unique appeal.
The islands of Redang, Perhentian, Lang Tengah, Kapas and Tenggol are jewels in Terengganu’s crown.
Why you should visit one of these islands
Redang, situated 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu, is the largest of all Terengganu’s islands. From the very first glance, Redang will enchant visitors with its compelling beauty.
Its incredibly azure waters fringed by white sand, against the backdrop of verdant jungle-clad hills make picture-postcard views.
The island boasts two beautiful beaches, the Long Beach or locally known as Pasir Panjang, situated on the east coast and Teluk Dalam Kecil, a sheltered cove tucked away on the northeast of the island.
Long Beach (Pasir Panjang), is the longest stretch of white sandy beach in Redang
Stretching over 800m, Pasir Panjang is a dream come true for sun-seekers. Here, underneath the clear blue sky, one can spend hours by basking in the sun, or strolling by the beach and feel the sensation of soft sand sinking under the feet.
The beach is lined by a number of resorts overlooking the sea, offering various styles of accommodations.
A myriad of surprises await beneath the bewitchingly blue sea. The waters teem with a wealth of marine life and corals, and the good visibility makes it ideal for snorkeling and diving.
At the Marine Park Centre friendly wrasses, sergeant majors and breams swarm around snorkelers. Divers can look forward to thrilling encounters with black-tip sharks. Rare giant clams and hawksbill turtles too have been sighted here.
The Perhentians – a tropical paradise
Perhentian, another breathtaking island in the state, lies about 21km off Terengganu’s coastline. Made up of two islands, Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, they abound with exciting activities for sun-seekers.
The waters around Perhentian offer some of the best dive sites in the country. Fusiliers, Scorpion fish, Rabbit fish and Christmas Tree Worms are among the sights which will leave snorkelers spellbound.
Lang Tengah island – coral reefs with teeming fish life and occasional sharks and rays
Lang Tengah, a 30-minute boat ride from Redang, is one of the state’s best kept secrets. Located midway between the islands Redang and Perhentian, its sparkling white sand and aquamarine waters are simply irresistible. The varieties of hard and soft corals and prolific marine life here make it a perfect destination for divers.
The smaller islands of Kapas and Tenggol are delightful gems for divers with their scenic beaches, underwater rock formations and a plethora of marine life.
Its mainland has several spots that feature scenic palm-lined beaches and luxurious resorts. The Awana Kijal Beach & Golf Resort, Sutra Beach Resort, Tanjung Jara Beach Resort and The Aryani charm visitors with their rustic architecture and impressive facilities.
Getting to Redang, Perhentian, and other islands of Terengganu
Travel along the East Coast Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. Merang, the take-off point to Redang and Lang Tengah, is located about an hour’s drive north of Kuala Terengganu. Visitors to Perhentian can drive further north to the Kuala Besut jetty.
Malaysia Airlines and budget carrier AirAsia provide direct air services from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bahru in Kelantan (the nearest airport to Kuala Besut). Berjaya Air operates daily direct flights from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Kuala Lumpur to Redang.
Regular boat services are available to the islands. The journey to Redang and Lang Tengah take about 1 and a half hours while the boat ride to Perhentian takes about an hour.
Please visit the following flickr photostream for more pictures of Redang, Perhentian, Lang Tengah and other islands of Terengganu.
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Other islands that you might be interested
- Penang Island – Being hailed as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang certainly has a say when it comes to Malaysia’s most famous resort destinations.
- Banggi Island – Banggi Island is located within the Kudat Division of Sabah in Malaysia. It is located off the northern coast of Sabah, near Marudu Bay.
- Pangkor Island -Lying off Perak on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is the tranquil Pangkor Island with its white sandy beaches and charming fishing villages that will certainly enthrall you.
- Sipadan Island – Rising about 600 meters from the seabed, Sipadan is located in the Celebes Sea east of Tawau, Sabah and off the coast of East Malaysia on the island of Borneo.
- Tioman Island – Resembling a sleeping dragon, the legend has it that Tioman is a resting place of a beautiful dragon princess.
- Langkawi Island – The one thing that can illustrate Langkawi the most appropriately are definitely its mysterious charms and legends.