Redang May 2018


I don't want to write about this place... so I can keep it as secret....



It was the time of the year where I desperately need a SandSeaSun therapy again.

Bali is out, because the sand is not white enough and the sea is not clear enough.

Phuket is out, because it is the raining season. I was there during the that time and the sea is miserable.

Beaches in Philippines requires too many hours of flight + land + ferry transfer. With a toddler in toll, it sounds like a nightmare.

Maldives are still recovering from coral bleaching due to El Nino in 2016.

After pondering countless options, I laid my eyes on Redang.





Getting There

Redang is not the easiest place to get to from Singapore. On retrospect, I am sort of grateful that it is remote enough that it has not been trampled by too many tourists.

In summary, you need to do the following:

  • Singapore -> Kuala Terengganu (by flight or by 12-hours overnight bus)
  • KT Airport/ Bus Terminal -> KT ShahBandar Jetty or Merang Jetty (by taxi, some bus might drop you directly at jetty)
  • KT ShahBandar Jetty or Merang Jetty -> Redang. (by ferry)

In May 2018, there was alternate day AirAsia flight from Johor Senai Airport to Kuala Terenganu Aiport, which we took when we return from Redang because the flight timing connect nicely to the ferry timing. This itinerary is now cancelled as of Feb 2019.

On the other hand, AirAsia now (Feb 2019) offers fly-thru itinerary from Singapore to Kuala Terengganu with stopover in Kuala Lumpur. This might be the easiest way to Kuala Terengganu.

We took overnight bus from Singapore, which drop us directly at ShahBandar Jetty. I was pretty concerned our toddler might give us a hard time for this. But she slept well... very well in fact.

Tired Father and a Recharged Toddler after 12-hours bus journey.

The ferry and land transfer to airport was arranged by the hotel, which brings me to the next point:

Accommodation

We stayed at Coral Redang Island Resort.

It is a new, modern looking hotel situated at the quiet corner of Pasir Panjang. You get to enjoy the long stretch of powdery white sand, crystal clear water, abundant marine life at both corner… minus all the crowd at Laguna Redang side.

During our trip in May 2018, we were very often the only guests paddling on the shallow water. Perhaps most people are out snorkeling or diving?


Coral Redang Restaurant

Coral Redang Lobby

Did I mention the view is to die for?

View from 2nd level Restaurant at Coral Redang Island Resort.
View from restaurant

View from restaurant

View right outside the hotel

View right outside the hotel

Snorkeling


Our package also includes 2 snorkeling trip per day, where the staff will bring us to different snorkeling sites. With a kid in tow, we didn't fully venture out every time but the few times we went, the water are sooooo clear, the corals are vibrant and alive and there are soooooo many fishes.

Too bad we didn't bring any underwater camera. So here some meagre photos we have.

The clear blue sea just outside Redang
 
Snorkeling at Pulau Lima

Fishes underwater



Verdict

We are definitely going back again this year (2019).



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