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Pulau Redang is spectacular fringe reef diving on an island with some of the whitest sand in Malaysia.
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The archipelago of Redang is another pristine diving destination protected by the Terengganu Marine Park and reached by ferry at only 45 km east of Terengganu and 25 km from Kampong Merang, Peninsular Malaysia. The main island is about twenty square kilometers large with eight other small islands at its southeastern side. These are the small rocky outcrops Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar and Pulau Ling (Pulau Chipor). The islets Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil and Pulau Ekor Tebu offer phenomenal dive sites. Pulau Pinang is the largest and houses the Marine Park Centre, always interesting to take a look at for more information. Some of the former inhabitants have been relocated several times and nowadays rest in a small fishing village named Kampong Redang.
The island itself is hilly and filled with dense rainforest. For those interested in a good walk, try the trail from Long Beach to Teluk Dalam and spot snakes, lizards, macaques and when lucky small deer, goats and many bird species. One of the most popular white beach and resort areas is Pasir Panjang (Long Beach), but hotels and dive shops can also be found at the beaches near Teluk Kalong and Teluk Dalam or at the more sheltered private beaches. The beaches Cakar Hutan and Mak Kepit are off limit and used as a turtle sanctuary. Green and hawksbill turtles lay their eggs here during the months May to June. With temperatures just above thirty degrees year-round, an underwater visibility of more than twenty meters and a marine diversity that will blow you away, Pulau Redang is one of the best dive islands in Malaysia.
Underwater coral flourishes and you can find many of the Indo Pacific species at the coral reefs surrounding this island. It is crowded at the reefs surrounding Redang with many juvenile fish such as baby reef sharks not large enough to bite. It is an idyllic paradise, with beach parties, quiet areas, jet skiing, banana boats, kayaking, swimming, diving and snorkeling just out of your hotel and some of the whitest sand ever seen.
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