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Pulau Redang, Malaysia Travel Guide

Pulau Redang lies in the South China Sea, about 50km off the state of Tunganu in the northeast region of Malaysia. Redang is the largest island in a marine park comprising nine islands. The accommodations here are more resort-focused than what you will find in nearby Perhentian Islands, making this island very popular with many Malaysian holiday-makers and those who want to indulge in a bit of luxury.

Most of Redang resorts can be found along Long Beach, one of the most picturesque beaches in Malaysia. While most resorts in Redang offer a spectacular beachfront view, Redang Island Resort has something different. Situated at Teluk Siang bay, this resort comprises chalets with an open balcony, offering breathtaking views of the sea and the rainforest.

Another great resort you can stay in is The Taraas. It is Redang’s most luxurious beach resort with stunning azure waters and stretches of beaches. This resort is a paradise for couples with plenty of rooms and suites, including a 5-bedroom private villa.

Once you arrive on this island, just chill and relax. Even if your mind is set to go diving or snorkeling right away, the beautiful white sand, turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees might say otherwise. Allow yourself to get lured into the relax mode, sip your favorite cocktail while relaxing on the beach lounge chair.

This tropical island is a paradise for snorkelers and need not go far to see marine life up close. The Marine Park Centre is Redang’s most popular snorkeling spot. It offers a wide variety of snorkeling activities with the main attraction being shoals of colorful barracudas, coral fishes, as well as other sea creatures.

Thanks to its many dive sites, Redang is also very popular with divers from across the world. Schools of fishes, coral anemone, baby sharks, turtles, reefs, and huge white coral reefs are some reasons thousands of divers come here every year. There are lots of dive centers across the island, running customized dive trips and professional PADI courses.

Besides snorkeling with turtles, you can also learn more about their conservation efforts at the Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary. Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary beach is off-limits because of its status as a designated turtle landing point for nesting and mating. Instead, you will be taken to a secluded cove for a guided tour of the island.

For some tasty and delicious Malaysian Chinese-style cuisine, head to Summer Point. This beachfront restaurant runs out of food quickly as it is quite popular with visitors and locals alike, so ensure you arrive early. Head over to Luna Bar, if you wish to have cocktails and pizza with great music and vibes.

With its secluded rocky coves and white beaches, swaying palms and crystal-clear waters, Pulau Redang is everything a tropical island should be.