MY MALAYSIA : REDANG ISLAND

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Pulau Redang, Malaysia

Travel Profile :

Destination : Pulau Redang, Terengganu, Malaysia

Date : 13 – 15 May 2017

Duration : 3D/2N

Accomodation :

Wisana Village, Telok Kalong Kecil, Redang Island, Terengganu

Travel Buddy : 3 pax

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Cost Breakdown :

  • Flight Fare (Return) : RM181.30 (Malaysia Airlines)
  • Full Board 3D/2N Package at Wisana Village : RM710.20/pax   (Holiday Package Superior Chalet – Triple)

Micellenious : RM42.70

  • Airport Transfer (taxi)

– Kuala Terengganu Airport to Merang Jetty : RM55/way

– Merang Jetty to Kuala Terengganu Airport : RM55/way

(shared with 3 persons : RM36.70/pax return)

  • Jetty Fee : RM1.00/pax
  • Marine Park Fee : RM5.00/pax

Total Cost : RM934.2

Full Board 3D/2N Package include : 

  • Boat transfer from & to Merang Jetty
  • Meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch & 2 Dinner)
  • Unlimited cold drink, coffee and tea
  • 1 Snorkeling Trip (3 stops inclusive of snorkeling gear i.e. mask, snorkel & life jacket)
  • 1 guided jungle hiking trip

Link : http://wisanaredang.com/resort/rates/

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Redang Island areal view

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” –anonymous

In desperate need for Vitamin Sea and a sip of fresh air, to Redang Island off we go. You’ll definitely gape in awe at the crystal clear ocean, soft white sand and the sound of the wave is really therapeutic.

A short getaway for a sip of fresh air and loads of vitamin sea at one of the most stunning island in Malaysia. So, why not Redang?

Besides its undeniably breathtaking view and being the largest island in the east coast Marine Park area, Redang is reachable from the mainland (Kuala Terengganu Airport) within approximately 70 minutes total journey time (30 minutes cab ride to Merang Jetty, 40 minutes boat ride to Redang Island) . If time is a constrain, Redang will be the most convenient island to reach with minimal travel time relative to the neighboring Perhentian Island which will take around 105 minutes.

Check out travel details to Perhentian Island at: https://musafiriam.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/my-malaysia-perhentian-island/

Redang Island also moves at a bit slower pace, more relax than the neighbouring Perhentian Island makes it a perfect hideaway from hustle and bustle of a hectic life.

The Journey

We took an early flight departing from KLIA at 720 am, a 55 minutes journey across Peninsular Malaysia airspace to the east coast and landed at Sultan Mahmud Airport, Kuala Terengganu (TGG) at 8.15 am. From the airport we hired an airport cab for another 30 minutes journey to Merang Jetty, it’s a new jetty with brand new facilities.

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Speed boat at Merang Jetty

An additional 40 minutes speed boat ride took us to our destination, Redang Island. Most of the resorts were located at the Pasir Panjang Beach, the largest beach at the eastern part of the island, and there are a few other resorts at Teluk Dalam Beach on the northern side and Teluk Kalong Beach on the southern part of the island.

 

 

 

 

Merang Jetty
Merang Jetty entrance

Friendly Tips:

People often confused Merang Jetty with Marang Jetty as it sounded almost the same, most of the time the cab counter will enquire on your destination to ensure that you get to the right jetty.

Always remember, Merang Jetty serve boat ride to Redang and Lang Tengah Island. While Marang Jetty serve boats to Kapas and Gemia Island.

 

The Crib

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Wisana Village entrance

Located at Telok Kalong Kechil Beach, Wisana Village Redang is the sole resort operator at the beach. I would personally recommend this chalet for its most warm hospitality, tastefully designed private resort and superb services. Early booking is recommended as the chalets are often fully booked and operates from mid March to end October, and the island will be closed during monsoon season from November to early March.

There are only 10 chalets available which makes it a really peaceful place to relax and unwind. All of them are beach front chalets with only few steps away from the sparkling emerald green water and offers a stunning sunrise view from the balcony.

Wisana Village Lounge
Wisana Village Lounge

The room are  tastefully designed, very clean and spacious with basic amenities such as air-conditioning, water heater, towels and toiletries which is perfect. The lounge deck is my personal favorite, it’s love at first sight. Really peaceful homey ambiance with reading corner, relaxing music and an-open air beanbag area overlooking the majestic blue sea, just lie down your head, the sea breeze will sweep away all your worries.

 

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Time to bid farewell

This resort has no jetty, so the boat will stop by the beach and the staffs will assist the guest to get on and off the boat accordingly. The whole crew will be there by the beach, to assist and to greet a warm welcome to you upon your arrival and wave you farewell upon your departure, a hospitality you rarely find elsewhere. The staffs are also super accommodating as the resort only cater a few guests (10 chalets) at one time and they deserves a perfect score for their hospitality.

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Breakfast view at Wisana Village

Free flow of hot and cold drinks are available at the cafe and the meals are all inclusive in the package. There are also kayak rental and diving center available at the chalet or just immerse yourself in the crystal clear water and snorkel around the area as their house reef is just around the corner and it is home to a few remaining live coral, turtles and colorful fish.

 

 

Highly recommended, a perfect score for its hospitality – we come as strangers, we leave as friends.

We made our booking through email as the chalet is not listed in any hotel booking apps. The email response time is within 24 hours. Link : http://wisanaredang.com/

Wisana Village Cafe
Wisana Village Cafe

Friendly tips:

  • There are about 14 resorts located at different beaches/bays around the island. 90% of the resorts are located on Pasir Panjang (Long Beach), and the remaining are located at Teluk Bakau, Teluk Kalong Kechil, Besar and Teluk Dalam respectively.
  • Early season: Most of the resorts officially begin their operations in March, at which time resorts offer an early-season promotion with a good range of package prices.
  • The best time:April-June because of the ideal weather conditions, public holidays and school holiday season. Thus, the price can increase whenever the surcharge is applicable.
  • July-September is when European travelers visit the island. This period is known as the summer season for some resorts where a surcharge is also applicable.
  • End season: Toward the end of September, most of the resorts offer an end-of-season promotion with a good range of package prices. This is a promotion held just before the November-February monsoon season.

Source : Wisana Village website, The Island info.

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Sunrise view at Teluk Kalong, Redang

 

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One with the most awesome crew ever!

The Snorkeling Trip

The daily snorkeling trips is scheduled at 10 am, right after breakfast. The Snorkeling Trip or island excursion is included in the package (snorkeling gear provided) covered 3 island i.e. Lima Island, Paku Island and Ekor Tebu Island. It’s a private trip using small speed boat with maximum 10 guest per boat hence everyone on-board will have plenty of space for themselves to enjoy the scenic underwater naturescape, home to vibrant and colorful sea creatures.

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Fish feeding during the snorkeling trip
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Snorkeling at Ekor Tebu Island
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View from the peak of Teluk Kalong Beach

The Jungle Trekking

This guided jungle trekking trip is also part of the package. Burn the calories after a hearty lunch with 30 minutes hike to the peak of Teluk Kalong Beach, to be mesmerized by the breathtaking view of Redang Island from top of the hill.

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Turtle sighted during our kayaking trip

Kayaking

Kayak rental is available at the chalet at an additional cost. We encounter turtles on our kayaking trip to the adjacent island and it was an exciting experience.

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Baby shark at the reef

Diving

There’s a few diving centers at Redang Island, most of it are located at the Long Beach. Feel free to scout for the best price and the best we can find costs us RM90/dive. Water taxi is available to commute the guest at the neighboring beach.

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White sandy beach and lovely sunset

Our short getaway to Redang was indeed rejuvenating. I wish we can stay longer here, and immerse in the beauty of this island forever. Come experience Redang, and let the beauty speaks itself.

xoxo

Musafir.i.Am

Redang Island

May 2017

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