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Redang Island (Malay: Pulau Redang) is a popular resort island off the coast of Terengganu state in Malaysia. Most guests on the island are from Malaysia or Singapore, due largely to their proximity and the popularity of resort style packages there. The backpacker scene of Malaysia tend to prefer the less developed Perhentian Islands, about 40 kilometres further north.
The majority of the resorts are along Long Beach (Pasir Panjang), and this is also where all the discos and karaoke can be found. If you are after a quieter retreat, there are a few options along Kalong Bay (Teluk Kalong) which is not far away. Alternatively you can choose to stay at the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort, which is the only resort at Deep Water Bay (Teluk Dalam), and according to many has the nicest beaches on the island.
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As Redang Island is situated on the east coast of Malaysia, it is susceptible to bad weather in the form of monsoon rains from October/November until March/April. Resorts start closing in September and they are all closed by the end of October. The season opens again in March. The best time to visit Redang is from June to August when the weather is good and the sea is calm, offering great diving and snorkelling opportunities. Clearly, this also means increased prices, more visitors and limited lodgings.
Most guests arrive at Redang by way of one of the ferries from the mainland or in the boats operated by the resorts. There is also an airport on the island, which primarily serves the Berjaya resort (the only airline flying there is Berjaya Air).
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The two jetties servicing Redang can be found in Kuala Terengganu and Merang. The shortest ferry ride is the one from Merang, however its location about 40 minutes drive north of Kuala Terengganu means the total travel time is quite similar. Most resorts have their own boats and offer several trips a day to and from the Merang jetty. The Berjaya resort only uses the Shahbandar jetty in Kuala Terengganu.
Transfer time from Sultan Mahmud Shah Airport to Shahbandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu is about 40 minutes.
Most visitors to Redang will fly into Sultan Mahmud Shah Airport (TGG) in Kuala Terengganu on one of the many daily flights from Kuala Lumpur operated by either Malaysian Airlines, Firefly or AirAsia. Since 2009 there is also a direct flight from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to Kuala Terengganu on Firefly. From the airport head towards one of the jetties to catch onward transport to the island.
There is also an airport on the island, near the Berjaya Beach resort. It is only serviced by Berjaya Air, and most passengers are staying at the affiliated resort, but you can sometimes get a seat on the plane if it isn't full. Flights directly to Redang depart from either Subang Airport (SZB) in Kuala Lumpur (flying time of 1 hour and 15 minutes) or Seletar Airport (XSP) in Singapore (flying time of 1 hour and 25 minutes).
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Alcohol is readily available on the island at any of the resorts, in contrast to the Perhentians where it can be rather hard to find.
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