The Redang group of islands lie just about 25 km east into the South China Sea from Terengganu, the northeastern state of Peninsular Malaysia. Redang is renowned for its natural beauty but it is the coral reefs around the offshore islands that lure thousands of divers every year.
Redang offers many different dive sites to suit recreational divers of all skill levels. Redang boasts beautiful hard and soft coral gardens, sandy bottom sites, some shallow some deep, as well as muck diving too. All dive sites are within close poximity of the beach resort, easily accessible by speedboat. Redang therefore has your typical tropical marine life, marked by coral reefs, reef sharks, cuttle fish, tropical reef fish, sand rays as well as some cool macro life including a array of nudibranches, pipefish.
After diving, you can relax on the white sandy beaches that made Redang famous, visitors will never forget the white sand, almost as fine and white as milk powder that forms the long stretches of beaches that dot along the coastline of the island.
Diving possible between March and October.
Traveling during the monsoon season from November to February is not advisable due to the strong winds.
Bus from Singapore to Shahbandar Jetty, about 10 hours.
Boat from Shahbandar Jetty to redang, about 1 hour.
Among the northern sites, Tanjung Tokong is perhaps the most popular because the coral reefs here are known to be the healthiest in Redang archipelago due to the fact that they are situated away from most resorts. However, the sea here can get rough at times but divers will be rewarded with the diversity of fishes and other reef life found here.
The house reefs near to Tanjung Tengah and Tanjung Mak Cantik in Pasir Panjang, where most of the resorts are located, are good for snorkeling, shore dive and night dive.
A few minutes away on a speed boat will bring you to the islands of Pulau Paku Besar and Pulau Paku Kecil and the underwater seamounts of Mak Cantik (Maxi Mount) and Chek Isa (Mini Mount). They are enough to make every diver satisfied!
Off the southern tip of Redang island, Terumbu Kili, a rocky outcrop that appears above water is perhaps one of the top dive sites at Redang. Divers are always rewarded with schools of snappers and fusiliers, and the occasional reef sharks and turtles.