Redang Island lies off the east coast of Malaysia, belongs to the state of Terengganu. You can read a bit about the island and some planning tips here. In this post, I have jotted down briefly the things that we did during our stay at Redang Island.
Teluk Dalam Beach
Now, we arrived in Redang Island at around 5 pm, after check-in you can take the shuttle bus to Teluk Dalam or the public beach. The private beach is part of the property of Taaras Beach Spa Resort. The shuttle bus stops at the gate of Taaras resort and you have to walk down for about 20 minutes to reach the public beach.
If you have only heard of white, sandy beaches (clean ones at that) with crystal clear waters – Teluk Dalam is what it is. So far, my favourite beach was Tanjung Rhu in Langkawi but this one clearly surpasses it. The powdery sand just sticks to your feet, it wont go! The consistency of the sand is like fine semolina (fine rava!) unlike the grainy sand you get in other beaches. The views, the colour of the waters – typical paradise. Whatever I had read so far about such beaches, I saw it in front of me. No wonder Redang is such a beautiful destination. I wish it remains so.
The water at Teluk Dalam beach is so clear, that you moving in the water is what causes it to become muddy! You can snorkel in this beach, a friend also found a sea turtle! If you are still, you can see a lot of varieties of fishes coming close to your feet; we saw a few fishes with the naked eye when playing in the water. Highly recommended for kids and adults alike. We visited this beach twice – first on the day we arrived and second time on the day we departed, in the morning.
During the morning, the sun can be pretty fierce, so get yourself loads of sunscreen. The water is very inviting, there is no shade/shelter on the public beach so keep in mind how much time you want to spend under the sun. We spent about 1 hour building sand castles and playing in the water. We certainly didnt want to come out, but had to since we had a ferry to catch a few hours later.
Snorkeling Activity in Redang
As part of our package, we were taken to 4 snorkeling spots on Redang Island (snorkeling gear provided). The activity lasted about 3 hours in total. This snorkeling experience was different from what we did before in Sabah. We had only snorkeled close to the shore so we were not very scared about “drowning” (yes, fear of water brings with it all kinds of fears even if you were wearing a life jacket that lets me float). So you do not necessarily need to know swimming if you are somewhere close to the shore. But our boat man took us to 4 spots that were Deep Sea snorkeling spots, depth of 3m and above! Phew!
The 4 spots we were taken to were:
- Pulau Mat Simpang
- Pulau Ekortebu
- Pasir Akar
- Pulau Kerengga
It was S’s first snorkeling trip and she thoroughly enjoyed it, she cant swim but loved being in the water with her life jacket and snorkeling gear. It took her some time to get the hang of it and managed to see some pretty looking fish and also corals in the sea bed.
For me, it was like peeping into an aquarium – what more fun if you can spot Nemo (the clownfish) and a lot of other fishes like you see in this list – I think I saw almost every type of fish listed there!. The boatman would throw in a few pieces of bread to attract the fish near you and it was all the more fun!
The coral at the bottom of hte sea was beautiful – so colourful, it left me speechless. I just floated on the surface and tried to absorb everything, all that my eyes could see. The feeling is really inexplicable, I hope all this nature is left as such, it was such a pleasure to not see plastic and rubbish floating around.
Once during the entire trip I had a slight nauseated feeling, mainly because of the boat that kept moving/shaking with the waves/tide. But on the whole it was an AMAZING experience. Redang is quite popular among local Malaysians, maybe a hidden gem for visitors.
Trip to Marine Park
We were given a complimentary ride to the Marine Park by the hotel – it is a short ride from the Redang jetty, about 10 minutes. I would recommend you go to the park in the morning, we did the snorkelling trip in the morning and visited the Marine Park in the afternoon and A got very badly burnt even though he had applied sunscreen. It is pretty empty in the afternoon, the beach water is the lovely turquoise blue. The sea bed is rocky – filled with corals, so a friend that came with us wore slippers and went snorkelling near the shore haha. The scope for snorkeling is amazing, it is just lovely but mind the sun.
We spent about 2 hours there and returned to the hotel.
We also collected some coral that had washed ashore.
After returning from the Marine Park, we freshened up and headed to Taaras Resort, where the shuttle bus usually stops. Visitors can buy themselves a drink at the cafe but they are not allowed to use the private beach.
The following day we had until 12 noon before we would be dropped off at the Redang Jetty so we decided to make another trip to Teluk Dalam. It was super sunny, do not forget your sunscreen and goggles. If you have your own snorkeling gear, you can do some snorkeling in this beach, the water is absolutely crystal clear. We built sand castles, played in the water before heading back to the hotel.
The public beach (Teluk Dalam) is equally beautiful as the private beach at Taaras Resort. Empty, sandy beach, beautiful water, lots of fishes – simply lovely.
On the whole, we had a wonderful time in Redang and hope to be back soon during the season. Redang is one of those treasures on the east coast that you must not miss.