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Pulau Redang

  • Pulau Redang, Malaysia
clear waters around Redang
© photo: Geri Tay     original photo
also known as:
Redang Island
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Location Type: Destination
Pulau Redang is one of Malaysia's most beautiful islands. It is catering mainly to package and up-market tourism. It is located in a marine park which offers great snorkeling and diving.
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Pulau Redang, Weather / Climate Chart (temperature, precipitation)

Weather / Climate Chart, Pulau Redang
Yearly temperature and rain chart showing the best travel times and seasons for Pulau Redang.

 

average humidity: 85 %
annual rainfall: 2900 mm

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Wikipedia - Redang Island

Pasir Panjang on Pulau Redang
Pasir Panjang beach on Pulau Redang. The beach is covered with soft white sand. Coral and fish can be seen just a few metres from the beach.

Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just "Redang" is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia. It is one of nine islands, which form a marine park, and which offer snorkeling and diving opportunities. Access is from Merang or Kuala Terengganu on boats operated by the resorts; there is also a small airport with services operated by Berjaya Air from Singapore (Seletar Airport) and Kuala Lumpur (Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport).

The island is also an important conservation site for sea turtles. Previously, the indiscriminate economic exploitation of turtle eggs had caused fewer turtles returning to nest on the island. This has led the Terengganu state government to set up the Koperasi Setiajaya Pulau Redang in 1989, a cooperative aiming to develop and manage socio-economic programmes that could improve the livelihood of Pulau Redang locals without endangering its natural resources.

The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks: HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse. The ships were sunk here at the start of World War II, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

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Wikitravel - Redang

Pasir Panjang, Pulau Redang
Looking south towards Laguna Resort on Pasir Panjang

Redang Marine Park (Taman Laut Pulau Redang) covers all 9 islands in the Redang Archipelago.
Redang Island is famous for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and the tropical fish that inhabit the numerous reefs, many within 50 feet of the shore.
In contrast to the neighboring Perhentian Islands backpacker hangout, Redang has a more upmarket image, as almost all accommodation on the island is resort-based. The largest beach is Pasir Panjang on the east side, featuring half a dozen resorts. However, on the south end this beach usually has more choppy water and the beaches will have more debris than the beaches around the bend to the north. The snorkeling is also found to the north of Pasir Panjang. Scheduling your vacation around the summer school break will mean drastically fewer people at the resorts and it would not be uncommon on the beaches on the north end of the beach for you to be one of only a handful of people if not the only person on the beach.

Redang has a tropical climate with temperatures steadily around 30°C and frequent but brief thunderstoms. Like the rest of Malaysia's East Coast, Redang is affected by the northeast monsoon in winter, so most resorts are closed and ferry transport schedules are severely restricted between November and February.

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