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Long wanted to visit Pulau Redang. Heard that it has become very commerciaised with all the nice resorts and stuffs. Well, I will be going end of July 2004 for the first time. The main objective of going there is of course diving and to R&R (rest & relax).



Pulau (stands for "island" in Malay)Redang is located in the South China Sea off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It lies about 45 km north-northeast of Kuala Terengganu, the state capital of Terengganu, and about 22 km off Tanjung Merang, the closest point on the mainland.



SOME HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The first settlers of Pulau Redang were believed to be the Bugis from Celebes, Indonesia. They established their first village at Telok Kalong and later moved south to Pulau Pinang ("betel nut palm island"), the island where the Marine Park Centre is located.

Until recently, Kampung Air ("water village") at Pulau Redang was home to a community of about 250 fishermen families believed to be descendants of these original Bugis settlers. Many have since left the fishing trade and moved into the rapidly growing tourism industry, working for resorts on the island. When Kampung Air was torn down in 2001, a number of these families were relocated to a new village inland, while others chose to move back to the mainland.

In 1991, Pulau Redang and its neighbouring islands were officially designated as the Pulau Redang Marine Park.

As a Marine Park, it a protected site under the supervision of the Malaysian Dept. of Fisheries. Since then, it has been gaining popularity among divers and snorkellers due to its natural beauty and its abundant coral reef life.

MANY ISLANDS IN THE MARINE PARK
The Pulau Redang archipelago comprises Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Pinang.

Pulau Redang is the biggest of all the islands in the Marine Park, measuring about 7 km long and 6 km wide. It's highest peak is Bukit Besar at 359 metres above sea level. The boundary of the Pulau Redang Marine Park is established by a line linking all points 2 nautical miles from the shores of Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu and Pulau Pinang.

The other nearby islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Susu Dara are also gazetted and protected as Marine Parks. Today, only the bigger islands like Redang, Lang Tengah, Perhentian and Kapas have resort facilities for visitors.

The management of Marine Parks primarily involves protection of the sensitive marine and terrestrial ecosystems by controlling the impact from human activities. These include waste & pollution management and conservation of coral reefs and terrestrial habitats.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Place.
  • Cons:Becoming very commercialised.
  • In a nutshell:Just go!
  • Last visit to Pulau Redang: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 5, 2004
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  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2006 at 10:28 PM

    How's your new equipment doing? Wanna dive this weekend? Just an invitation, you can turn me down if you want to.

  • xuessium's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2006 at 8:07 PM

    Was finally here. Made it (Grin) Cheers, Bee!

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2006 at 8:20 AM

    Another cute nudibranch here! Spotted any leatherbacks here?

  • cadzand's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2005 at 1:08 PM

    Thanks for visiting my Mysore page. Have a nice time in India and do enjoy the trip. Wow ! 42 km.. what a performance ! Congratulations !!

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2005 at 3:15 AM

    Great tips...and loved the photo's in your travelogue!

  • camilo74's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2005 at 7:55 AM

    Beautiful place, you certainly live in a beautiful country

  • R.Dettmann's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2005 at 5:22 AM

    Hey nice uw pictures! Malaysia is such a nice place! Have fun traveling and diving! Greetings from Berlin

  • airasia's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2005 at 5:40 PM

    thanks for dropping by dudette.

  • codrutz's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2005 at 2:26 PM

    Diving must be a dream come true. You took great underwater and 'overwater' :) pictures. I wish I could do that (scuba).

  • icyjo24's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2004 at 11:28 PM

    i like your redang pics.. u stayed at redang reef resort too? i did walk around the beach behind the resort.. but didnt know it was a good snorkelling site.. miss it...

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