As if missing our flight was not good enough to start of our trip we were again forced to change plans. Our Kuching-KL flight was delayed for the entire day so instead of leaving Borneo in the morning we had to stay in the airport until 7pm. Svit had some fun with this but the rest of us not so much.
We took off just in time to avoid the full blown storm over the airport. Sadly it stayed with us for almost entire duration of this 2h flight. And it wasn’t the best experience if you know what I mean. Svit on the other hand slept the entire way.
We spend a great night in KL in the best B&B we could imagine (more on that on our KL chapter) and in the morning we were ready to fly again. This time we were on Berjaya aircraft to tropical paradise of Redang.
Pulau Redang in north-east peninsula Malaysia has some of the whitest beaches, clearest water and best snorkelling/diving in Malaysia. You can totally take off your sandals and walk barefoot on this beach! The sand is so white and soft, and looks more like flour/powder textures.
There is a small airstrip on the island which allows for small airplanes to land on the Redang. The airport is located on the south side of the island near the Kampong jetty.
Most of the resorts at the Redang have three times snorkelling in 3 days 2 nights tour package for tourists but the snorkel equipment fare is excluded; normally the fare would be RM 30 which includes life jacket, normal mask and snorkel.
Other than snorkelling and eating, there really wasn’t much to do on the island other than chilling at the swimming pool or by the beach. We didn’t go for the third snorkeling trip on the second day so we had plenty of time to alternate between the pool and the beach.
This place was really a dream come through for our boy. He was running around the beach all day, swimming in a warm azure waters of this paradise while watching fishes swim by
One of the most popular snorkelling spot is Marine Park. It is a place at Pinang Island which is south of Redang Island. Marine Park’s sea water is in turquoise colour, and the water is crystal clear, fishes and coral can be seen even at a distance from the jetty. It looks cool.
.I have snorkelled before but the marine life here was simply out of the movie Avatar! My deepest regret is that I don’t have a casing to take my camera underwater and my words would never be adequate to describe my experience. What did I see? I am not an expert on marine life. As I can’t click pictures I can’t even ask friends to identify it for me once I post the pictures online. But what I saw was a riot of colours, red, green, yellow, purple, blue, florescent, grey, black and a cocktail of all this. Sometimes it was the corals and sometimes the fish but what an amazing world is out there under the sea! It has to be seen to be believed. My only regret is that Svit and Tina decided to stay at our resort so Edita and I went on this snorkeling trip alone.
ABOUT PULAU REDANG
Pulau Redang is a rather up-market destination so usually travellers book 3day/2night or similar packages directly with the resorts which includes the boat transfer to and from the island. Redang has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the perfect place to escape bustling city life and spend a day or twenty basking in the sun. But for those in the know, the real draw of Pulau Redang is that it offers some of the best diving and snorkelling experiences. Ask about the night snorkelling trips, where you’ll be able to see for yourself what the locals refer to as ‘blue sand’, which are, in fact, glowing blue plankton that appears everywhere in the water at night.
From Kuala Lumpur:
Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia offer daily flights from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to Kuala Terengganu Airport. Journey by air takes approximately 45 minutes. Berjaya Air operates flight from Subang Airport (Kuala Lumpur) to Redang Island (flight journey 1 hour).
There are 2 jetties as a starting point for the boat ride to Redang Island:
ca. 30km north of Kuala Terengganu
40min boat ride to Pasir Panjang
RM40 (13 USD) one-way RM80 (26 USD) return
From Kuala Terrenganu:
departure from Shahbandar Jetty
operating from March to October
travel time approx. 1h 15min
price RM50 (16USD) one-way (RM100 (32 USD) return, children half price)