Things to do in Redang, Malaysia
Have you heard about the islands located off the east coast of West Malaysia? After 4 years spent in Asia if somebody asks me where the best white sands and crystal clear waters are, my answer is Redang, Perhentian, Kapas, Lang Tengah and Rawa islands.
It happened that we went to Redang Island the same year we went to Maldives, and to be honest, I hardly see any difference in the colour of water or sand, that’s why I call it Malaysian Maldives.
Best time to visit Redang Island.
The season is generally from early April till October, and our advice is to make the reservation few months in advance, especially during public holidays. Majority of places you have to contact directly through their websites and pay the deposit in order to secure the booking. But the good news is that while I call these islands Maldives-like, prices are backpackers-like.
But it’s not only the colour of the water and the sand that attracts visitors, it’s also the abundant marine life: during snorkelling or diving trips you will most definitely see turtles, reef sharks, even moray eels and lots of colourful fish, including cute “Nemo” fish.
Where to stay in Redang Island.
If you look at the map, you’ll see that the east coast of Redang Island is the place where majority of resorts and hotels are situated. It’s the place to go if you have a big group of friends, you want to make new friends, or if you just want to have fun and be surrounded by people.
We’ve chosen to stay on the south, where there are only 2 resorts – Mutiara and Wisana. The first one is very basic, hence has lower rates, the second one is smaller, fancier and is little bit more expensive, but both share a super wide white sand beach. That was a perfect choice and I would come back exactly to this beach one more time.
So what else was included in our 3d/2n package besides snorkelling trips? Return boat transfer, typical Malay food, super basic accommodation – but who wants to spend time in the room when you have a shiny white sand beach and crystal warm turquoise water in front of your chalet?
Getting to Redang
Now you ask how to get there? It’s accessible by bus followed by ferry: 7-8 hours from Kuala Lumpur or 8-9 hours from Singapore. I have to admit that buses in Malaysia are quite comfortable: wide seats, plenty of legroom, you may have really good sleep at night. The only problem is that it is incredibly cold inside, as the bus driver turns on the air-conditioner, so make sure to bring some warm clothes with you. Our advice is to choose the seats in the middle of the bus, it turned out that it is not that cold and you also don’t hear the chats between the two bus drivers, as well as the music they like to turn on. Once you arrive to Kuala Terengganu, take a taxi or a bus to Merang jetty from where the fast boat will bring you to this paradise.
BY CURLY TRAILS