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Terengganu Islands and Beaches

Posted by on Aug 7th, 2007
Filed Under: beach, Terengganu

Terengganu is blessed with captivating island retreats of soft white sand, breathtaking blue waters and dazzling undersea gardens, an unforgettable paradise in the South China Sea.

Terengganu, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, beckons with an aura that is distinctively Malay. Its traditional way of life, vibrant cottage industries and fascinating cultural pastimes give the state its unique appeal. The islands of Pulau Redang, Perhentian, Lang Tangah, Kapas and Tenggol are jewels in Terengganu’s crown.

Pulau Redang, situated 45 km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is the largest of all Terengganu’s islands. From the very first glance, Redang will enchant visitors with its compelling beauty. Its incredible azure waters fringed by white sand, against the backdrop of verdant jungle-clad hills make picture-postcard views.

The island boasts two beautiful beaches, the Long Beach or locally known as Pasir Panjang, situated on the east coast and Teluk Dalam Kecil, a sheltered cove tucked away on the northeast of the island. Teluk Dalam Kecil is the location of the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort, a five-star accommodation on the island.

Stretching over 800m, Pasir Panjang is a dream come true for sun-seekers. Here, underneath the clear blue sky, one can spend hours by basking in the sun, or strolling by the beach and feel the sensation of soft sand sinking under the feet. The beach is lined by a number of resorts overlooking the sea, offering various styles of accommodation.

A myriad of surprises wait beneath the bewitchingly blue sea. The waters teem with a wealth of marine life and corals, and the good visibility makes it ideal for snorkeling and diving. At the Marine Park Center friendly wrasses, sergeant majors and breams swim around snorkellers. Divers can also look forward to thrilling encounters with Black-tip sharks. Rare giant clams and hawkbills turtle too have been sighted here.

Perhentian, another breathtaking island in the state, lies about 21 km off Terengganu’s coastline. Made up of two islands, Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, they abound with exciting activities for sun-seekers. The waters around Perhentian offer some of the best diving sites in the world. Fusiliers, Scorpionfish, Rabbitfish and ChristmasTree Worms are among the sights that will leave divers spellbound.

Lang Tengah, a 30 minute boat ride from Redang, is one of the state’s best kept secrets. Located midway between the islands Redang and Perhentian, its sparkling white sand and aquamarine waters are simply irresistible. The varieties of hard and soft corals and profilic marine life here makes it a perfect destination for divers.

The smaller islands of Kapas and Tenggol are delightful gems for divers with their scenic beaches, underwater rock formations and plethora of marine life. Its mainland has several spots that feature scenic palm-lined beaches and luxurious resorts. The Awana Kijal Beach & Golf Resort, Sutra Beach Resort, Tanjung Jara Beach Resort and The Aryani charm visitors with their rustic architecture and impressive facilities.

Getting There
By Road
Travel along the East Coast Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. Merang, the take off point to Pulau Redang and Lang Tengah, is located about an hour’s drive north of Kuala Terrengganu. Visitors to Perhentian can drive further north the Kuala Besut jetty.

By Air
Malaysia Airlines and budget carrier Air Asia provide direct air services from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terrengganu and Kota Bahru in Kelantan (the nearest airport to Kuala Besut). Berjaya Air operates daily direct flights from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Kuala Lumpur to Redang.

By Sea
Regualr boat services are available to the islands. The journey to Redang and Lang Tengah take about 1 ½ hours while the boat ride to Perhentian takes about an hour.

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