I never go to Redang but i think i can answer a few of your question. Now is May, the whether is very hot and luckily u don't spend your time here right now. I think September is the beginning of the monsoon so the sea will be quite rough. I don't think u have to worried about food. Redang is popular island and of course most resort had prepared a reasonable food for tourist. That's all i can help..=)
I just came back from Redang on 11 Aug 2008.
1st, it;s true that the authorities have forbidden the use of fins for snorkling esp at the Marine Park.
2nd, I tried to rent the fins but it was rejected. But I did saw people using fins for snorkling but those are their own fins as rental is out. Rental is available for mask and snorkel only.
Fondest memory: their clear water and marine life
I enjoyed waking up in the early mornings to go for a walk on the beach, especially after having had a good night's sleep.
I'm not one to laze in bed, and especially not on my last morning in Redang. No, siree, I was rested and ready to go. :)
Once I awoke, I slipped quietly out of my room, put on on my flip flops, grabbed my camera and stepped out of my beachfront chalet to check out the new day. I stood for a few minutes, quietly, breathing in the fresh, crisp morning air and looked around. The resort on that Sunday morning was quiet. There were very few guests out and about, and those that were out were just like me, happy to be left alone, lost in thought.
Fondest memory: Mornings are my favourite time of the day. The crispness and newness of the morning appeals to me - it is like a present, waiting to be unwrapped, waiting to unfold, discovered, waiting to be filled with events and happenings.
Peninsula Malaysia is greatly affected by the Northeast Monsoon blowing down from the South China Sea from late November till early February, bringing high winds and heavy storms. So this will be a time to avoid island visiting, especially those along the east coast of peninsula Malaysia. Many of the resorts on the islands will be closed as well.
There is another monsoon, the Southwest, blowing from July to September but as the monsoon will hit the western shores of peninsular Malaysia first, the effect is less pronounced.
The Pulau Redang archipelago comprises Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Pinang.
Pulau Redang is the biggest of all the islands in the Marine Park, measuring about 7 km long and 6 km wide. It's highest peak is Bukit Besar at 359 metres above sea level. The boundary of the Pulau Redang Marine Park is established by a line linking all points 2 nautical miles from the shores of Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu and Pulau Pinang.
The other nearby islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Susu Dara are also gazetted and protected as Marine Parks. Today, only the bigger islands like Redang, Lang Tengah, Perhentian and Kapas have resort facilities for visitors.
The management of Marine Parks primarily involves protection of the sensitive marine and terrestrial ecosystems by controlling the impact from human activities. These include waste & pollution management and conservation of coral reefs and terrestrial habitats.
To fly directly to Pulau Redang from Singapore, you'll need to take Berjaya Air via Singapore Seletar Airport [XSP] (not to be confused with Singapore Changi Airport) in the northern part of the country. This airport started its life as a British military airport and even today, has retained some of the architecture from that era. There is only 1 public bus service (Bus 103) that services the airport. It starts from Serangoon Central Bus Interchange and will make a loop inside the airport before returning to the bus interchange once again. The easiest way to get here (from the city) would be to take a taxi. It should not cost you more than S$14 one way.
The airport is pretty compact with only 1 commercial client (Berjaya Air for flights to Pulau Redang & Pulau Tioman). There are no cafes or eateries here, just vending machines. There is one waiting lounge before immigration. The coolest part would be the waiting area at the departure gate, housed in a pre-WW2 bunker. There are 2 large TVs here to entertain passengers. All areas are air-conditioned, except for the connecting walkpaths. Passengers walk right up to the plane for boarding.
Pulau Redang Airport [RDN] resembles a fanciful air-strip. The entire airport is open-air in concept. There are separate arrival and departure gates, all housed in a simple white building with 2 small souvenir shops and washrooms in the middle. Baggages are trolleyed from the plane to the baggage claim area where passengers must step forward to collect before clearing customs. Resort coaches will be waiting at the arrival gate to fetch guests. Like Seletar, passengers walk right up to the plane for boarding.
The nearest resort is Berjaya Beach Resort which is just 12-15 minutes away.
Trengganu uses a black and white flag: white bordered black flag with white crescent and star pointing towards the fly.
The origin of the flag can be traced to the royal ensign used by the royal family here.
Favorite thing: Being a person who likes to take photographs, I find that Pulau Redang is a very good place for photography especially the good sunlight, nice and colourful sea, beaches, rocks, trees etc. Please visit my travelogues on this VT page for more photographs.
Terrengannu is known for its Wau(kite) and its *ahem* political affliation, but better still, for its Keropok Lekor... it is fish, dried in the sun, and fried... its really a treat, and can be bought made-to-fry, or eat-on-the-spot... actually i lied... you prob. can't find it on the islands... you'll have to go to the mainland... be sure to ask around for the best spot to buy keropok (ke-ROW-pa-k).
Fondest memory: snorkelling with my friend... plus the abs. fantastic guides that showed us the best spots... oh... and burying myself in the sand... woohoo!
Favorite thing: When we arrive at the Redang Marine Park, the beach & sea were packed with TONS people in their orange life jackets. Even those lazing on the beach were wearing the orange jackets, from afar it looked like the whole place is full of orange creatures.. haha. There's hardly any place to swim, relax or take a decent photo without someone getting your photo. Just after 2 hours, suddenly the place became deserted.. everyone has left except us, because we hired our own boatman (which include packed lunch) and can take our own sweet time...
I saved it for last, so here is the much maligned feet picture....
Actually this is about the view I had every afternoon in Redang... (In a lounge chair, with a cold beer at my side as the sun slowly set...)
These are amazing little creatures... The look like small mulitcolored Christmas trees...
Wave your hand over the rocks and they will all fold up and all retract back into the rocks... wait a minute or so, and slowly they will all start popping back up again...
This part of Malaysia is one of the more conservative Muslim areas of the country, and so, pretty much without fail, you will see the local ladies wearing the head scarves.
Building resorts here obviously brings differents sorts into close contact, and so, occasionally you see a scene with a striking contrast... (Here scarved attendants at the dive center attending to the bikini clad customer...)
One critter that you are likely to encounter during your stay in Pulau Redang is the Hawksbill Turtle.
Easily recognizable by the pointed snout, which resembles a hawk's bill. (and hence the name) A gentle creature which didn't seem too bother by the company of a couple divers...
One of the BEST islands and beaches in Malaysia. Fantastic destination for sun bathing, snorkelling or scuba diving. Book in advance coz resorts are fully booked through out the year. Most resorts close from Nov - Feb during monsoon season.
Fondest memory: I've got my PADI diving certification here! It was a great experience to be here.