Finally, I am sharing about our 3D2N at Redang Island! In fact, Danny and I went there in March, the first day/week that Redang Island re-opens! It was my second time snorkelling, yet, the first time truly experience snorkelling.
For those who don’t know about Redang Island. Here’s a short brief about it:
Located at Kuala Terengganu, Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just “Redang” is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia that is famous for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and the marine fauna with numerous reefs. It is one of nine islands, which form a marine park offering snorkeling and diving opportunities. Access is from Merang or Kuala Terengganu on boats operated by the resorts.
When to visit? March – October is the best visit time. Since Redang Island is located at the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is affected by the monsoon season yearly from November till February. And also, I would recommend you to visit during off-peak season if possible. The island is always crowded during peak season; meanwhile, resort package is more expensive too. **We went there during off-peak season, still, it was crowded! Imagine if you are going in peak season, you don’t really get to enjoy and relax at this beautiful island**
How to go Redang from KL? Option 1: Take flight from KL to Kuala Teregganu. Then take ferry at Shahbandar Jetty/Merang Jetty. Option 2: Take bus from KL to Kuala Teregganu. Then take ferry at Shahbandar Jetty/Merang Jetty. (normally will go Shahbandar Jetty because it is only 5-minute drive from bus station; meanwhile, Merang Jetty is 40-minute away from the bus station)
If you can get pretty cheap and affordable airfare, this is highly recommended because it is less time consuming and is less tiring. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to get the air tickets. We went there by bus the night before. It took around 8 hours. There are a lot of bus operators from KL to Kuala Terengganu, you can choose it yourself. We recommend you to choose Sani Express because the seat is comfortable and a socket is provided at every seat. **Purchase your bus ticket >> http://www.saniexpress.com.my
Touched down at Kuala Terengganu around 5.30am. We would have to wait for minivan (arranged by travel agency which we purchased our package with) until 7am. Basically, you have nothing to do there except walking around or find a place to take a nap. Finally 7am and picked up by the crew. He brought us to Terengganu Chinatown for our breakfast. To be honest, there has no much choice on what to eat in this early morning. FYI, the ferry will depart at 9am. You need to reach at 8.30am. Thus, you can actually slowly having breakfast and walk around. Recommend you to take a walk at Turtle Alley (just right beside restaurant at Chinatown). There are a lot of artworks by children, talking about the fact of sea turtle and how we should protect them.
Afterward, we headed to Shahbandar Jetty. In general, everyone who goes to Redang Island would have purchased their package/booked the resort beforehand. Hence when you reach jetty, find your resort counter and collect your ferry tickets. If you are going for snorkeling, you would have to pay RM5 for the marine park entrance fee.
It took around two hours to reach Redang Island. However, the ferry couldn’t send us directly to the island. We would have to interchange at the middle of the sea. It is highly recommended to wear short pant and slippers when you are going/leaving, because you somehow will step on the water when unloading your thing and report yourself to your resort. Every tiring effort worth when seeing this beautiful scene! Awww!! Finally, we were there! When getting down from the boat, you will see a lot of resort crews are welcoming you. They will ask which resort you are and help you to carry bags. We were lucky because we booked Redang Beach Resort, it didn’t need a lot of walking! Meanwhile, the facilities were above expectation!
Queued for check-in and listened to briefing by the resort crew, we finally put all our things in room and refreshed ourselves. Then, went for our lunch quickly so that we can have more time to prepare for our snorkelling. Undeniably, it was a little rush but who cares when you see this stunning sea view?
The first snorkelling was at 2.30pm. Everyone who wants to go for snorkelling was required to wait at diving centre. Briefing was given by the crew on how to wear the life jacket and how to use the snorkel.
Note: Leave all your things in your room except things you need for snorkelling such as camera or bread (as the feeder). Remember! Bring only thing that is necessary! You don’t need to bring along your towel. It will still get wet when you are going up the boat!
The crews brought us to the snorkelling spot and yes! Start getting into the sea!
In total, we went for 3 snorkelling adventures including the one at the marine park. The first was the first day upon arrival while the other two were the next day morning and afternoon. Sadly to say, we saw a lot of dead corals and also some dead fishes.
Below are photos at the marine park.
If you still don’t get enough snorkelling adventure at these spots. You can have your own at the sea bank near to the resort. Well, we had a little luck there because we saw crown fishes during our own snorkelling time!
Of course, other than snorkelling, we had our walk at the beach during evening. Try to relax as much as we can!
This is my first time seeing such crystal clear water! I was so excited! And I started falling in love with sea~
Watching sunset is a must do thing here too~ How can you miss this in an island?
At night, we also went to watch starry sky at the beach. You can’t believe this~ But we didn’t lie! We saw Milky way in our bare eyes at Redang too. Well, joyful moment always passes faster! 3D2N trip ended. It was a great memory for us and we had started planning more island hopping plan too! Hope you enjoy reading our trip at Redang. And if you are going/planned to go Redang, hope this short write-up gives you a better insight about it. If you have any question, feel free to drop me a comment below. I am glad to answer your doubt if I can help!