Redang Island, also known as Pulau Redang, is one of Malaysia’s most renowned island getaways and scuba diving destinations thanks to its rich marine life and pristine beaches. It belongs to the northeastern state of Terengganu on the Malay Peninsula and is located 45 kilometres off the mainland. Redang Island is one of the nine islands that make up the gazetted Redang Marine Park.
Redang is well-known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters and rich underwater fauna, which makes it one of the top places in Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast for diving and snorkelling.
Compared to the nearby Perhentian Islands, which are popular among backpackers, Redang Island is favoured among leisure travellers for the many resort-based accommodations found on the island.
Redang's most popular beaches can be found in Teluk Dalam, Pasir Panjang and Teluk Kalong.
Teluk Dalam consists of two stretches of beach which are Teluk Dalam Besar and Teluk Dalam Kecil and these are separated by a short rocky headland. Teluk Dalam Kecil is a private beach, home to the exclusive luxury beach resort Taaras Beach & Spa Resort. The waters of Teluk Dalam are calm and crystal-clear, making it the perfect place for a relaxing swim and snorkel session. To help you explore the island on foot, you will find a 60-minute jungle path connecting Teluk Dalam Besar’s beach to Pasir Panjang.
The largest beach on the island is Pasir Panjang which translates to "long beach" in the Malay language. This distinct white sandy beach can be found on the east side of the island where most of the accommodation and resorts are located. A walk along the beach from Redang Reef Resort, on the southern tip, to Redang Holiday Beach Villa on the northern tip, will take you between 15 and 20 minutes.
The three beaches found at Teluk Kalong are smaller than those at Teluk Dalam and Pasir Panjang. This is the perfect beach for travellers looking to enjoy the sun in solitude as there are relatively fewer resorts and travellers on Teluk Kalong’s beaches.