About the island
Redang Island is located about 45km northeast of Kuala Terengganu, the state capital of Terengganu. It is the biggest island in the state of Terengganu and surrounded by neighboring islands Pulau Lima, Pulau Kerengga, Pulau Pinang (where the Marine Park Center is located), Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Bidong. It is also a neighbor to other tourist islands such as Lang Tengah Island and Perhentian Island, which can be accessed from Redang Island approximately 25 minutes and 60 minutes respectively by speedboat.
THE PEOPLE, SOCIAL & SOURCE OF INCOME
Redang Island is home to approximately 240 families, and the heads of the families still mostly serve as fishermen. Some of them have been involved in the tourism industry by offering boat service to tourists or even to the resorts on a contract basis, while others own souvenir shops and coffee shops near Kampung Jetty. The youth also benefit from the tourism industry. Most of them work in resorts around the island as soon as they complete high school, allowing them to help their families, especially those that still have children in primary school. Tourism is their source of income only during the March-October peak season, however. By the end of October to February, most of the resorts are closed for the monsoon season, at which time most of the youth who work in the resorts during high season must find temporary jobs in mainland Malaysia (including Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur) to survive before the new season
Unlike Langkawi Island which more developed, Redang Island is quite remote with less infrastructure like land/tar roads. Apart from the only available 6 km length of land/tar road in the village of Kampung, the main mode of transportation for residents of Redang Island is by boat (including the public ferry for those who wish to go to town of Kuala Terengganu). Kampung, however, offers locals everything they need: a masjid (mosque), primary school, police station, TNB (electricity) and SATU (clean water).
Within Redang Island, there are many snorkeling and diving spots for you to enjoy. The Marine Park is the best for snorkeling, followed by Pulau Paku, Tanjung Tengah and Pulau Kerengga. Terumbu Kili, Pulau Lima and Tanjung Mak Chantik are amongst the best dive sites on or near Redang Island. In addition to marine life treasures, Redang Island is rich with its flora like Tongkat Ali herbs and many more. You can also hike through the jungle and up the hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the island from above. Most resorts offer these activities with an additional charges.
PEAK /LOW SEASON
There are about 14 resorts located at different beaches/bays around the island. 90% of the resorts are located on Pasir Panjang (Long Beach), and the remaining are located at Teluk Bakau, Teluk Kalong Kechil, Besar and Teluk Dalam respectively. Most of the resorts officially begin their operations in March, at which time resorts offer an early-season promotion with a good range of package prices. The best time to visit Redang Island is, however, April-June because of the ideal weather conditions, public holidays and school holiday season. Thus, the price can increase whenever the surcharge is applicable. July-September is when European travelers visit the island. This period is known as the summer season for some resorts where a surcharge is also applicable. Toward the end of September, most of the resorts offer an end-of-season promotion with a good range of package prices. This is a promotion held just before the November-February monsoon season.