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Redang Island - Malaysia

        

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just "Redang" is one of the biggest islands off the east bank of Peninsular Malaysia. 
  • Malaysia that is well known for its completely clear waters, white sandy shorelines and the marine fauna with various reefs can found on Pulau Redang which is situated in Terengganu.
  • It is one of nine islands, which shape a marine park offering snorkeling and plunging open doors for travelers.
  • Redang is known for its astounding unblemished variety of coral reefs which include staghorn, table and boulder corals. Amid a dive, you can see schools of jacks, fusiliers and trevallies, Black tip reef sharks, Humphead parrotfish and cuttlefish turtles.
  • There are even sightings of manta rays and whale sharks.
  • The Redang Islands is also home to green and hawksbill sea turtles.

 

DID YOU KNOW THE POPULAR DIVE SITES?

 

Tanjung Lang

Two underwater pinnacles. Due to the location, there are strong currents here most of the time, so divers have to follow the buoy lines down or negative buoyancy entry as fast as possible in order not to miss the sea mount. The peak of the pinnacle is around 17m and you can dive all the way down to 33m. Some divers prefer to name this dive site "whale mount" as some have spotted whale sharks at this spot. It is a very rare occurrence to see whale sharks in Redang and highly unlikely you see one at this dive spot.

Sea animals:

Turtles, fusiliers, big eye jacks, barracuda, red snapper, eagle ray, blue spotted fan tail stingray, grey stingray

 

Tanjung Tokong

One of the most popular and most welcome dive sites in Redang Island. A very steep slope from surface down to almost 38m depthconsisting of very nice hard and soft coral. Depending on the tide, strong currents normally occur just outside the cape of Tanjung Tokong.

Sea animals:

Barracuda, big eyes jack, napoleon wrasse, turtle, big grouper, Queen fish

 

Batu Tokong

It has a nick name "Tunnel point" as there are big boulders stacking on each other to form swim through tunnels. Currents are not strong with average depth of around 17m to 24m.

Sea animals:

Micro critters, nudibranch, occasion big snapper or turtle

 

Berjaya Wreck

As the name suggests, it is a wreck dive. Nothing interesting as the wreck is small. Since the site is shallow and no current, it consider a good site for OW wreck dive experience.

Sea animals:

Juvenile barracuda, coral cods

 

Gua Kawah

Begin the dive at the edge of island, and gradually descend following the slope of which will lead you to two pinnacle at the depth of 30m. Big boulders with minimal hard and soft coral.

Sea animals:

Nudibranch, jack fish, napoleon wrasse, black tip shark

 

Pulau Paku Besar

Begin the dive by heading down the slope to a big boulder at 25m. This is a drift dive adventure where diver descends to few sea mounts at the edge of this island.

Sea animals:

Napoleon wrasse, sting rays, puffer fish, turtle

 

Big Mount

The dive site with an underwater sea mount is one of the highly rated and challenging dive site in Redang. The peak of the sea mount is 14m depth and reaches depth of about 34m. Due to the location at open sea, the expected current is strong. Divers may need to descend negatively or using the buoy line. 2 season of viewing the whale shake at this place.

Sea animals:

Whale Shark, Batfish, jack fish, eagle ray, queen fish, big snapper, tuna and other big sea creatures

 

East Pulau Lima

An ordinary dive site. Average depth of around 24m. Big fishes expected to be seen here are jack fish or sharks.

Sea animals:

Jack fish, sharks.

 

Southern Tip

Dive site is situated South of Lima Island. You can find beautiful hard and soft corals without the need to go too deep. A drift dive recommended here as current are strong.

Sea animals:

Jack fish, tuna, turtle, blue spotted stingray, shark, and barracuda

 

Black Coral Garden

This dive site used to be filled with black corals. The site with a max depth of about 40m is an excellent site for AOW deep dive. Plenty of hard corals at shallow end and abundant soft coral at depth of more than 20m.

Sea animals:

Jack fish, barracuda, blue spotted stingray, shark

 

Karang Selat

Not visited very often by divers, this is one of the best kept underwater world. A very small dive site with strong current, where diver need to do immediate negative buoyancy descend in order to enjoy the dive site. A proper dive plan is a must.

Sea animals:

Big sea fishes, sting ray

 

Pulau Paku Kechil

One of the most frequently visited site in Redang as it is one of the simplest dive site available with the max depth at 18m, with little or no current.

Sea animals:

Turtle, pipe fish, nudibranch

 

Mat Chantik

The dive site is over an underwater sea mount with beautiful marine life surrounded by nice hard and soft corals combination. One of the hot dive spots in Redang Island. Current may vary depend on tide table.

Sea animals:

Big sting ray, turtle, black tip shark, porcupine fish, trevally, turtle.

 

Ship Wreck

A submerged Vietnamese vessel lay at 25m sandy base can be seen. Not much corals, but rather expect immense school of fish over the wreckage. In 2011, the wreckage area has been cleaned up, leaving the floor bed scattered with debris. Still has plentiful marine life around the area.

Sea animals:

Bat fish, jack, snapper, giant grouper, big stingray, shark, lion fish, puffer fish, porcupine fish

 

Batu China Terjun

Batu China Terjun is one of the best macro dive in Redang Island. Depth varies from 14m to 19m.

Sea animals:

Pipe fish, cleaner shrimp, stone fish, scorpion fish, lion fish, spotted eel, white eye eel, porcupine fish, puffer fish

 

Che Isa

Two underwater sea mounts habituating many hard and soft corals.

Sea animals seen:

Turtles, fusiliers, yellow snappers, blue spotted sting rays, school of small barracuda

 

Terumbu Kili

One of the top dive site at Redang Island. A very nice hard and soft coral at shallow end, while big fishes frequently encountered at deeper end of the dive.

Sea animals:

Barracuda, snapper, moray eel, turtle, shark

 

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM REDANG?

 

Peak season is between March to October every year. Resorts close during the upper east storm season from November to early March, which sees episodes of overwhelming rainstorms and harsh oceans. Redang Island has a tropical atmosphere with day by day temperatures between 25 Celsius to 35 Celsius and relative stickiness between 80-89%.

Resorts at islands open amid the non-rainstorm months from as early as mid-February to mid-or end-October. Diverse resorts have different opening and closing dates. However all are open by 1st of March and near to 1 Nov. The best time to visit is between April to September when oceans are quiet. The ocean may start to get wavy near storm season.

The busiest months are from May to August, especially during June school occasions in Malaysia. March and October are ideal for empty shorelines. Going at various times of the year may likely offer regular experiences with certain marine life. Green turtles generally settle in their most noteworthy numbers in June,July and August while September is likely the greatest month to spot transient whale sharks.

March – October: Peak season

November – February: Monsoon Season

Live Coral Count: 58.13%

Number or sites: 12

Visibility: between 14m to 27m

Current: Gentle

Protection Status: Marine Park

 

 

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