One of the largest and most beautiful of the east-coast islands,
Redang has, inevitably, been targeted by big developers, and there
are few options for the independent traveller; nearly all
visitors come on all-inclusive package deals.
one of nine islands that form a protected marine park,
and it offers excellent diving and snorkelling. Silt and rubble
from resort construction is said to have caused some coral damage,
and there are ongoing problems with building waste, carelessly
dumped on the beach. However, concerted efforts are being made to
prevent further damage - even snorkelling is restricted to certain
interest to travellers are the beautiful bays on the eastern side
of the island, including Teluk Dalam, Teluk Kalong and Pasir
Panjang. The huge Berjaya Beach Resort and the airport are on the
north shore and the island's main village is in the interior.
There's also a small camp site near the park headquarters on
nearby Pulau Pinang.
Pulau Redang basically shuts down from 1 November to 1 March; the
best time to visit is from mid-March to late September.
The small, idyllic island of Lang Tengah lies roughly halfway
between Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian, and with only three
resorts to choose from, it's a much quieter, less developed place
than its better-known neighbours. It's a hidden gem, with soft
white-sand beaches, clean turquoise waters and reputedly some of
the best snorkelling in Malaysia just offshore. Like Redang, the
resorts offer all-inclusive packages, as well as diving courses.
Accommodation on Pulau Redang is best organised as a package in
Ping Anchorage (Tel : 626 2020) sells packages
for all the resorts listed at competitive prices. Note that
package prices are per person, based on two sharing.