The Redang Beach Resort is facing south. I have to walk to the left for the beach facing east in day 3 in the early morning. Walking on the beach, I passed by many other resorts and motels. When I reached the beach facing east, they are many other guests in Pulau Redang who like to take sun rising photos too were there earlier than me.
The sun rising in the morning of 30 May 2010 was blocked by the clouds.
1st day : check in hotel at 2pm, get ready to rent snorkel set, depart for 1st snorkeling at 3.30pm, return at 6pm, dinner at 7pm
2nd day : buffet breakfast at the main dining hall, 9.30am depart for 2nd snorkeling at the Marine Park, return to hotel at 12.30pm for lunch, 3rd snorkeling depart at 3.30pm, return at 6pm, dinner at 7pm
3rd day : buffet breakfast as usual, check out before 9.30am and meet at the jetty for Kuala Terengganu, the fery depart at 10am.
all snorkeling activities are not compulsory, you can have your leisure time at the hotel and beach area.
3 times snorkeling is inclusive in the 3D2N package with the Marine Park is the must in the list and other 2 spots to be decided by the management and staff depend on the weather and water condition.
The outing to do the snorkeling at the Redang Marine Park was the second one, we had it on the second day morning.
It was rather crowded upon our arrival, many nature lovers were already in the water without wasted their time. The boat have to wait for the turn to unboard their guests.
It was a great experience to snorkel for 1st timer, but from a friend who have returned, the corals in many parts of this area is dead. The management and the park authority should have do extra efforts to safe guard the marine life and corals.
Pinang Island is located south of Redang Island. Our boat departs at 9:30 am, takes about 15 minutes to reach the north tip of Pinang Island. It is named Marine Park Centre as it is a protected zone by the Department of Marine Park Malaysia. There is no resort or chalet in the Island, but a marine research center of the Department of Marine Park.
I saw some people camping overnight in one of the beaches. Camping is only allowed with permission by writing to Marine Park authority.
It has clear water with varieties of corals and fishes nearby the beach. Other than snorkeling, you can also find a jungle walk along the coast to have a great view of the ocean. I do enjoy the snorkeling here as I can see colorful fishes here. But the corals are mostly death with dull color.
There is a small museum educating the public of marine life conservation. There is a good display of turtle conservation in the museum. In fact, they even have a small turtle conservation sanctuary in this Marine Park.
It is worth visiting the Pinang Island ! Don't miss!
Our third snorkeling trip was at Teluk Kalong Kecil. It was about 10 minutes boat ride from the resort to reach a bay area with white sandy beach lined with palm trees. The boat did not stop at the beach, but just let the guests snorkeling in the ocean near the bay area. The views of the area are stunning with blue and green water surrounded by small rocky mountains of different shapes, and look to a tropical island of palm trees with a chalet resort, Redang Mutiara Resort.
The snorkeling experience is okay here. I enjoyed the sun and the water, not much of the fishes and corals. We were looking for turtles in the ocean, but not really seen any. I think turtles would go away when the tourist boats come near their ocean.
After lunch at 1:00 pm, we have two hours spare time before going to our snorkeling trip. So, I can't wait to explore the Long Beach and some resorts or chalets along the beach as other family members stay in the hotel room resting.
I was lucky. It was a sunny afternoon, perfect to get stunning views of the oceans with amazing cloud. I was wearing my sunglasses and a pair of sandals with my camera. The beach, the ocean, the people, the trees is nice, but not those over-built resorts and chalets along the beach. I was thinking why do they need so many resorts on this 1 KM long beach. How would the Marine Life especially the fishes, the corals and turtles survive when these resorts fill with visitors during peak season (May, Jun & Aug). I would avoid peak season visiting here.
I took pictures of different angle of the beach and also discover little squirrels walking around some trees. People love taking a nap or playing their Smartphone under some coconut trees!
Laguna Redang has its own private jetty for its boats on Redang Island. All the guests will arrive and leave from this jetty. It is also used a waiting place for all the snorkeling and diving trips.
We arrived at the jetty, immediately they invited us to the Waiting Hall nearby the jetty for a short briefing. A guide would brief the guests of the resort, places of interest within the resort, the itinerary for the day, and other activities the quests can do during their stay.
The following is the 3 Days 2 Nights itinerary:
Day 1 :
Arrival : Welcome drink, and check-in at the lobby
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm : Buffet Lunch
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm : Snorkeling trip : Near Pulau Tengah
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm : Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm - 12:00 am : Either Party at Beach Club KTV/Disco or Enjoy life music at the beach cafe.
Day 2 :
7:00 am - 9:30 am : Buffet Breakfast
9:30 am - 12:00pm : Snorkeling at Marine Park
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm : Buffet Lunch
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm : Snorkeling trip : Near Teluk Kelong
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm : Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm - 12:00 am : Either Party at Beach Club KTV/Disco or Enjoy life music at the beach
7:00 am - 9:30 am : Buffet Breakfast
8:00 am : Room Check out
9:00 am : Bot Departure.
Laguna Redang Island Resort has a traditional Terengganu architectural main building facing the sandy beach and ocean. On the ground floor is the hotel lobby with open windows looking out to the sandy beach and blue ocean. You can even hear the ocean from the lobby. On the first floor is the dining hall also with open window facing the ocean. Behind the main building are those two stories-buildings as hotel rooms facing a large swimming pool with Jacuzzi tub or garden views.
The resort has a laid-back atmosphere with guests from all over the world. It attracts many young couples and families from mainland China. I had definitely enjoyed my stay here especially the beautiful ocean views, and atmosphere of the resort. It is suitable for family gatherings, honeymoon or couples' vacation, and group traveling.
We came here beginning of Oct. October is considered low season as it is approaching the monsoon season starting end of Oct. The resort will be closed between end of Oct until March.
Check out Redang Island Resort website!
More More Tea Inn is a small kampung style wooded building initially constructed to film a romantic Hong kong movie named HOLIDAY SUMMER staring Sammi Cheng and Ritchie Ren. It was screened in all cinemas in most Asian Countries, mostly Chinese audiences, in 1999. I like the movie myself especially the beach, the song and the romantic scenes. You will note many tourists will take a photo with the three muscle guys wearing sarong in front of the building.
Before the movie, Redang Island was unknown to most people and could be a paradise for the marine enthusiasts and divers. After the movie, Redang Island has become a popular beach destination for many Malaysians, then slowly turns into a romantic gateway for young couples, families from all over the World especially from China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. The movie has impact a crowded tourists visiting the Island every year.
It was a temporary structure to film the movie. After that, Laguna Redang re-built the structure as part of its permanent gift shop selling souvenirs, handicrafts, soft toys, beach wears, accessories, toiletries, snacks and beverages.
During my visit in Oct 2012, there was another local Chinese Romantic Drama staring Steve Yap filming in this building again. I don't know the name of the drama, I think it will be on NTV7 or Singapore Local Chinese Channel 8 next year. So, I saw Steve Yap and other crews filming the drama here day and night! It was fun to see the filming process, and I wonder it will be as famous as SUMMER HOLIDAY!
Sunrise at Long Beach is one of the stunning moment you will not want to miss in the Island. Visitors and locals get up in the early morning to enjoy stunning views of the beach. You will have to get ready by 6 am, and the sunrise will begin around 6:30 am. People do jogging with their friends along the beach, some sit on the benches to wait for the sun to come out, few people play in the water during the sunrise, couples wait for the sunrise to have their wedding photos.
Hope you will enjoy my photos " Sunrise at Long Beach ".
Recreation Centre is a two stories traditional Terengganu style building at Laguna Redang. It functions as a centre to get your snorkeling equipment, office where you can sign up for other activities like Jungle Trekking, Nature Walk, Sunset Cruise, Underwater photo taking, and etc. For underwater photo taking, you can have the crews take your underwater photos during snorkeling trips. They only charge RM6 per photos and save it to a CD or your own memory drive. You can also hire a private dive to explore the underwater world in here.
Warong food court serves local food and drink. Pool tables are available for guests who stay in the resort.
On the second floor is the massage centre facing the nature forest of the resort. It serves both males and females with the following therapies: Foot reflexology, Ear Candle Therapy, Foot & Back Massage, Full Body Massage, Aromatheraphy Oil Massage, Cupping + Massage and Scrapping (Guasa) + Massage.
Being in a big resort like Laguna, there are few things you need to know before going to a snorkeling trip.
1) You need to get your mask, snorkel & life jacket at the Recreation Centre. They usually does not cover in the hotel package, unless it is stated.( Rental For the Entire Stay: Mask & Snorkel = RM15 ; Life Jacket = RM15 )
2) Pick up your beach towels at the counter near the swimming pool. Room towels are not allowed to be used outside the room.
3) Be at the waiting hall 15 minutes before departure time of a snorkeling trip for a short briefing.
4) Make sure you have your Marine Park entrance ticket as they will have you to buy them upon your first day of arrival. RM5 person for each Marina Park visit. It is only required during your visit to Marine Park at 9:30am trip.
We had visited three snorkeling trips including Teluk Bertiga (yellow line), Teluk Kalong (green line) and Pinang Island Marine Park (red line, but the island is not shown in my map).
The snorkeling trips was great as passing by some beautiful rocky islands and crystal clear sea waters, and if you are lucky you can spot Big Turtle swimming in the ocean!
When we arrived at Teluk Bertiga or Teluk Kalong, the boat stopped in the middle of somewhere of an ocean and let the visitors freely snorkel round the area. The crews invited visitors to take photos undersea with fishes and corals. It is a good idea if you don't have your own waterproof camera.
The boat will take around 10 minutes riding along the coast to reach a bay named Teluk Bertiga means third bay.
It was a sunny day without much wind so we had a good day out snorkeling. We jumped into the water when we arrived. The water's temperature was nice and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Unfortunately, the underwater fishes and corals here are unprotected as too many visitors come here everyday. I believe most fishes have left the site as this is the permanent site for snorkeling. The color of corals have turned dark and the water is not clean, it is like a dash of salt.
Anyway, the surrounding views are stunning with rocks and waves.
It is a short distance island hoping that the family can enjoy a nice snorkel trips with beautiful fish and beach. I would say a fairly nice preserve island reef to enjoy the beautiful redang if you prefer nearer island activity.
Sometimes it is crowded with tourist and very commercial. I was stun to see the whole marine park full of china tourist.
It is a brand of plastic concave disk, used for various catching games by sailing it between two or more players and thrown by making it spin as it is released with a flick of the wrist. Basically, it's a throwing and catching game...
If you dive, you'll get to see nurse & blacktip sharks, blue-spotted stingrays, turtles, barracudas, triggerfish, moray eels, giant clams, pufferfish, clownfish (Nemos), rabbitfish, snappers, angelfish, starfish, groupers, porcupinefish, goatfish, sea cucumbers, soldierfish, butterflyfish & etc...