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March 29, 2012 |
Pulau Redang, located 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is the largest of a group of islands dotting the South China Sea off the Terengganu coast. The island offers crystal clear waters and numerous dive sites for the enthusiast. Sheltered within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the waters here abound with marine life. At mid-day, when the rays of the sun penetrate the sea, brilliant hues of coral, anemones and clams may be seen.
This paradise island is perfect for snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, jungle trekking, boating and canoeing. No fishing is allowed within a 3.2 km radius of the island as Pulau Redang is gazetted as a marine park. The collection of corals and other aquatic life is also prohibited.
Visitors to Pulau Redang have a choice of accommodation ranging from budget to international standard holes. Guests staying at Berjaya’s two hotel properties on the island at the 18-hole golf course.
Pulau Perhentian, meaning ‘stopover island’ is not to be missed. Some 21 km from the coast of Terengganu, it comprises the islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Covered by virgin jungle, windswept palms, powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary to fishermen, migratory birds and holiday makers.
About 6 km off the coast of Marang is Pulau Kapas. An island renowned for its clear waters, sandy white beaches and swaying palms, it is relatively isolated. Home to an infinite variety of hard and soft corals, the waters around the island abound with seashells, fish and turtles.
The island’s laid back atmosphere is ideal for relaxation but the more adventurous will find it also a haven for swimming, snorkelling, wind-surfing, kayaking, boating and fishing.
Primula Kapas Island Resort provides comfortable chalets.
Seventeen kilometres off the coast of Kuala Dungun lies the small rocky island of Pulau Tenggol. An island visited mostly by fishermen, picnickers and naturalists, it possesses a variety of plants and animals, particularly reptiles.
The western part of the island – with its secluded white beaches backed by steeply forestes cliffs – is a pleasant retreat for swimming, diving, quiet strolls and lazing on the beach.
Basic chalet-type accommodation is available on the island. Alternatively, accommodation is also available in Dungun, on the mainland.