Pulau Redang is situated 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu and this archipelago comprises of 9 islands. Redang Island which is approximately 6km by 7 km island is the largest.
The island provides a great snorkeling and diving experience with its rich marine life, sandy beach and clear waters. Besides getting into the water, guests may join beach volleyball and football match, fishing, fish feeding, jungle trekking or just laze around sunbathing.
In 1991, Pulau Redang and its smaller neighbouring islands of Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Pinang became a protected Malaysian Marine Park. With this, measures were put in place to protect the marine environment and to conserve its coral reefs. Fishing is not allowed within 3.2km radius and collecting and taking of any marine life, including shells and corals are strictly prohibited.
Redang Island are popularly visited between March and October. The best time to visit is March and April. The monsoon season is from end of October to February. The seas are rough during this period and resort operators are usually closed.
The first settlers in Pulau Redang are believed to be the Bugis from Celebes, Indonesia. The villagers now living on Pulau Redang are believed to be their descendants.
The early settlers established their first village at Teluk Kalong and later moved south to Pulau Pinang (betel nut palm island) where the present Marine Park Centre is located. In the 1970s, the land in Pulau Pinang was getting scarce and the population was growing. The villagers decided to move to the river mouth at Kuala Sungei Redang. The state government built a water village for their residents and it became the home to approximately 250 fishermen families. Now, due to the booming tourism industry, the residents are making livelihood running village restaurants, boat services or working in the resorts.
To get to Redang Island, visitors have to take a 45 minutes ferry from Merang or Shahbandar Jetty. The main jetty used is Merang Jetty but during diving season, there are ferries directly from Shahbandar Jetty to Berjaya Jetty. Most of the ferries depart for Redang and return before noon. Resorts have their respective schedule of boat transfers which generally depending on the tide, sea and weather conditions.
To get to Merang Jetty, it takes about 12 hours coach ride from Singapore. Overnight transfer is common hence 1 night is basically spent in the coach.
Redang has a tropical climate with daily temperatures between 22 to 30°C with a relative humidity between 80 – 87% and has frequent but brief thunderstoms. During the monsoon season from end of October to February, there is heavy rainfall and rough seas.
The currency used locally is Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).
Credit cards are widely accepted but be careful of possible scamming. Do not let the card out of your sight. Alternatively, visitors can also top up their cash using ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) that are located at the major bank branches, most shopping malls, airports, bus terminals, etc.
Foreign visitors are allowed to bring in MYR not exceeding MYR1,000 each, and any amount in foreign currency and cheques not exceeding USD10,000 in total. If the amount is exceeded, they must be declared in the IMM26 form during in-processing at the customs.
Foreign visitors are allowed to bring out MYR not exceeding MYR1,000 each, and foreign currency and cheques not exceeding the amount they brought in during the point of entry.
If you are sure that you want to bring in/out cash exceeding the stated limits, prior written permission can be obtained from Exchange Control Department, www.customs.gov.my/index.php.
The electricity is supplied at 220V, 50Hz. The power point used is of the British Standard BS 1363 which requires use of a three-wire grounded and fused plug for all connections to the power mains. The suitable plug will be one with three rectangular prongs that form a triangular pattern.
The time zone for Malaysia is GMT+8.
In Malaysia, there are three notable cellular phone operators:
- Maxis, Celcom, and DiGi
Do check with your cellular operator back home if they have roaming capacity in Malaysia. 60 is the International Country code for Malaysia. Maxis and Celcom are on GSM900 frequency while DiGi is on GSM1800 frequency. Maxis and Celcom supports 3G connection too.
Emergency Service Numbers
999 – Ambulance, Civil Defence, Fire or Police
Malaysia comprises Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo Island. There are 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak, making the 13 states, and of course the Federal Territories of Malaysia (Kuala LUmpur, Putrajaya, Labuan). Pulau Redang is considered part of the Kuala Teregganu state and its Area code is 09. When calling a local number from overseas, the number to dial will be either +609XXXXXX or 00609XXXXXX. When calling a local number from within Malaysia, the number to dial will be 09XXXXXX.
Visitors are encouraged to buy pre-paid cards for their cellular phones to avoid paying exorbitant telephone bills in their home country. The pre-paid cards are sold in most bookstores and grocery stores in Malaysia.
Citizens of the following countries are required to have a visa to visit Malaysia : People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea. Nationals other than those stated will receive a visa upon arrival or are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month.
However, it is recommended that visitors contact the nearest Malaysian embassy or Malaysian consulate before visiting as regulations are subject to changes. Visitors can also check http://www.imi.gov.my/ for updated information.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)