Located at Kuala Terengganu, Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just "Redang" is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia that is famous for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and the marine fauna with numerous reefs. It is one of nine islands, which form a marine park offering snorkeling and diving opportunities. Access is from Merang or Kuala Terengganu on boats operated by the resorts.
March - October is the best visit time. Since Redang Island is located at the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is affected by the monsoon season yearly from November till February. And also, I would recommend you to visit during off-peak season if possible. The island is always crowded during peak season; meanwhile, resort package is more expensive too. **We went there during off-peak season, still, it was crowded! Imagine if you are going in peak season, you don't really get to enjoy and relax at this beautiful island**
How to go Redang from KL?
Option 1: Take flight from KL to Kuala Teregganu. Then take ferry at Shahbandar Jetty/Merang Jetty.
Option 2: Take bus from KL to Kuala Teregganu. Then take ferry at Shahbandar Jetty/Merang Jetty. (normally will go Shahbandar Jetty because it is only 5-minute drive from bus station; meanwhile, Merang Jetty is 40-minute away from the bus station)
If you can get pretty cheap and affordable airfare, this is highly recommended because it is less time consuming and is less tiring. Unfortunately, we aren't able to get the air tickets. We went there by bus the night before. It took around 8 hours. There are a lot of bus operators from KL to Kuala Terengganu, you can choose it yourself. We recommend you to choose Sani Express because the seat is comfortable and a socket is provided at every seat.
**Purchase your bus ticket >> http://www.saniexpress.com.my
FYI, the ferry will depart at 9am. You need to reach at 8.30am. Thus, you can actually slowly having breakfast and walk around. Recommend you to take a walk at Turtle Alley (just right beside restaurant at Chinatown). There are a lot of artworks by children, talking about the fact of sea turtle and how we should protect them.
Awww!! Finally, we were there! When getting down from the boat, you will see a lot of resort crews are welcoming you. They will ask which resort you are and help you to carry bags. We were lucky because we booked Redang Beach Resort, it didn't need a lot of walking! Meanwhile, the facilities were above expectation!
Package purchased from >> http://malaysiaresorts.com.my