Pulau Redang is the largest island off Terengganu's east coast in Peninsular Malaysia, a popular tourist destination famed for its crystal blue waters, warm sandy beaches and rich coral reefs. A distant neighbour south of Perhentian Islands, Redang may be accessed by ferries and speedboat from Kuala Terengganu and Merang, with an option for a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. A limited range of large family resorts provide midrange and luxury accommodation on the island, most of which are situated at Pasir Panjang (largest beach at east coast). Together with nine smaller surrounding islands, Pulau Redang forms a protected marine park for eco-tourism.
Redang Island is best visited from March till October, with December to February being a strong monsoon period where some resorts shut down. From the main jetty at Teluk Siang, a paved road splits across the island's center to Teluk Dalam, passing through the main village and ending at Taaras Resort. From this point, a moderate jungle trail (30-45 minutes) leads across the hilly cape to Pasir Panjang at east coast, where most of the island's hotels are concentrated (but receive their guests via pontoon transfer from the main jetty), with a few more at neighbouring Teluk Kalong.
With beautiful coral reefs and rich marine life, snorkeling is the main tourist activity at Redang, with some diving in between. Resorts will organise boat trips for guests to snorkel the waters off neighbouring islands and remote beaches, including the marine park center. Hence, watch out for jellyfish when swimming in the waters. Facilities such as restaurants and sundry shops are mostly limited to those within resorts, making each hotel an all-in-one holiday venue.