Pulau Redang, located 45 kilometers off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is the largest of a group of islands dotting the South China Sea off the Terengganu coast. The island offers crystal clear waters and numerous dive sites for the enthusiast. Sheltered within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the waters here abound with marine life. At mid-day when the rays of the sun penetrate the sea, brilliant hues of coral, anemones and clams may be seen.
The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks. The H.M.S. Prince of Wales and H.M.S. Repulse were sunk here at the end of World War II, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya.
This paradise island is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, jungle trekking, boating and canoeing. Nor fishing is allowed within a 3.2 kilometers radius of the island as Pulau Redang is gazetted as a marine park. The collection of corals and other aquatic life is also prohibited.
The adjacent islands of Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Bidong, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Lima are excellent underwater havens for snorkelers as well.
Visitors to Pulau Redang have a choice of accommodation ranging from budget to international standard hotels. Guests staying at Berjaya's two properties on the island can also enjoy playing at the 18-hole golf course.
How to get there - Begin your island-hopping adventure by catching a boat at any of the jetties in Kuala Terengganu and Merang. Traveling time to Redang from Kuala Terengganu takes 1 1/2 hours and 50 minutes from Merang.
Meaning "Stopover Island", Pulau Perhentain is not to be missed. Some 21 kilometers from the coast of Terengganu, it comprises the islands of Pulau Perhentain Besar and Pulau Perhentain Kecil. Covered by virgin jungle, windswept palms, and powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary to fishermen, migratory birds and holiday makers.
On the edge of the Pulau Redang Marine Park, Perhentain's coral fringed waters provide excellent underwater seascapes fro snorkeling and scuba diving. Arrangements can also be made fro island cruises and boats can be hired to look for small bays and secluded coves in which to swim. A trip to these tropical islands is a must as well for those who enjoy windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and deep sea fishing.
Of the two islands, Pulau Perhentain Kecil is the more secluded and isolated with only minimum facilities while Pulau Perhentian Besar has been carefully developed to cater to visitors. Perhentian Island Resort on the latter island provides chalets, dormitories and campsites for its guests. Those wishing to stay will find the accommodation to be basic yet comfortable.
How to get there - From Kuala Terengganu, take a taxi or bus to the fishing port of Kuala Besut. Then board a boat at the Fisheries Complex for Pulau Perhentain. The boat ride takes over an hour to reach the island.
A stretch of beaches may be found in the state's capital, Kuala Terengganu. Conveniently located along the town's waterfront, Pentai Air Tawar and Teluk Dalam are ideally situated for anyone wanting to unwind after a day of shopping and offshore excursions.
Close to the estuary of the Terengganu River, in Kuala Terengganu, is the island of Pulau Duyung. A five minute boat ride from the town's waterfront or accessible by the Sultan Mahmud Bridge, it is home to Terengganu's master boat builders. Uniquely and skillfully crafted, the boats are built entirely from the memory without the aid of the aid of a blueprint. Pulau Redang is also known for its dried and salted fish cracker industries.
On the eastern side of Kuala Terengganu is Pantai Batu Buruk. A golden strand set amidst a casuarina grove, it is the site of the Primula Park Royal Hotel. Apart from being the venue for the annual Beach Festival, Pantai Batu Buruk is also a popular place for strolling and swimming.
Six kilometers south of Kuala Terengganu is the charming village of Chendering. A town with a beautiful palm lined beach and long jetty, Chendering is perfect for swimming and fishing. Site for a national deep sea fishing project, it is also the locations of the Malaysian Handicraft Center.
The Center offers visitors an opportunity to see artisans at work while viewing a wide selection of Malaysian handicrafts. Some of the items found here include songket, batik, vases and bags made from pandanus leaves.
How to get there - The Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Terengganu Express bus line operates scheduled services to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur. Taxis are also available from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. Chendering and the surrounding beaches are easily reached from Kuala Terengganu by bus and taxi or even on foot for the more intrepid visitors.