The white sandy beach is not really sandy all the way. Many parts of the beach are covered with dead corals/stones just like the photo. Walking barefoot along the beach is fun to do but be careful with what you're landing on. You'll found similar stones in the water too.
Although this island is relatively less commercialised than Pulau Redang, its sad to find that there are a lot of dead corals lying around even in the rather shallow areas. It would be good to either rent a pair of fins or have a pair of aqua shoes ready when going snorkelling or anytime you're stepping into the water. Its quite painful, I'm not kidding!
There are lots n lots of dead corals at the beach and it can be painful to walk on it barefooted.
It's not a big problem once you get used to it. But there was this one time when I jumped down from a stone formation and landed at a large mass of dead corals, I wore a slippers but you all know slippers slip, and I got a quite painful scratch.
At the beach, the top half is sand, but closer to the water's edge, the corals lined the shore. Be sure to wear your sandals since they can cut your feet. This goes the same if you are snorkelling near the beach. Wear your fins unless you want to stand up and step on corals (Ouch!) and sea cucumbers (Yikes!).
For some reason, there's lots of COTs ( Crown of Thorns ) around the Lang Tengah reef area. During the last clean-up, a single diver gathered around 40 of those reef-destroying prickly, starfish. If you do encounter one ( usually beneath rocks ) avoid it, it can inflict really painful wounds. Never pick up one with your bare hands!
Photo Note: This is a picture of my dive buddy/hubby , poor fella, it took him some effort to fin after recovering from knee surgery.
The currents might be a mite choppy in Kuala Terengganu during the early months of the year. So if you're not used to drift diving, wait till the warmer months of June. If not, you'll land up in Vietnam without a visa, haha.
Do take note that the rainy season in Kuala Terengganu is from November to March. When I was here at the close of the Monsoon, the slight swell affected the viz.
While walking barefoot on the powdery white sand sounds romantic, getting nicked underfoot by coral is more of a reality in Lang Tengah. Since the beaches here are au naturel, there are prickly bits of coral everywhere. Better to put on a pair of light-weight slippers like before you go on that romantic walk. Me? I had my trusty Tevas that took me everywhere.
Please be careful of the jellyfish there... They are huge and often u can see them got stuck on the shore during low tide....
Luckily, I didn't see any while snorkelling... the staff told us that once u got sting by them, within 1 hours, the area that got stung will turn blue.... *scary*
While P. Lang Tengah have wonderful beaches, they aren't exactly friendly to humans. The beaches there are littered with dead corals that will cause you lots of pain if you step on them barefooted. Remember your sandals!
Amongst all these dead corals are those damn sea cucmbers!! Had to avoid stepping on them, those buggers can be damn slippery! I'll rather admire them from a distance!
While we were on Lang Tengah, high tide was in the morning. The water recedes by mid-afternoon. Although the cooler late afternoon weather made for more pleasant snorkelling, it could get quite dangerous with less water because (1) the corals could scratch/sting you because the sea's so shallow and (2) you may find yourself in danger of stepping on live coral and contribute to the elimination of an already delicate life form.