Lang Tengah Island

If you think Perhentian and Redang Island are crowded, come relax by the white sandy beaches on this tropical paradise now. Lang Tengah is the best alternative as it’s located between the two. Features of this island is strikingly similar to Perhentian and Redang. The water is just as clear and sands are just as white, but with a lot more peace and privacy for yourself.

Season
As the weather is also susceptible to the rainy season, the island is only open from March to October. Hence, plan wisely you travellers!

Redang Island

To relax, there are some basic prerequisites to be met. Divers and sun worshipper alike love the turquoise blue ocean, white powder beaches, coral reefs, and virgin tropical forest. So, problem solved. Nature aside, this island is rather happening. If you’re chilling harder than party, and wants to party than you chill, no problem too. This place has one of the best night life among the islands we have on offer for you. On Redang Island, we will make sure you’re well entertained.

Access
Although it has a small airport, the most convenient access is from Kuala Terengganu on boats operated by resorts of Redang Island. Shahbandar and Merang Jetty are the places where you can have access to the island. Bidong and Lang Tengah islands are also a stone throw away.

Season 
Affected by northeast monsoon strong wind and rough sea, most of the resorts are closed during month November to February. Recommend the island along with its 8 surrounding islets have been gazetted as Marine Park. Corals and tropical fishes can normally be seen just a few meters from the beach. Also, Redang and its neighbouring island Perhentian are important conservation sites for sea turtles. Looking to catch a sight of these little creatures? Redang may just be the place to be.

Perhentian Island

Perhentian Islands have all the sunshine, sea breeze, fine sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful coral reef which everyone craves to see. It’s certainly a tropical paradise for both foreigners and locals alike. You can get everything in order easily as transportation is pretty flexible at all times; meals, accommodations and island activities can be arranged in advance according to preferences.

Access
Situated in the Northeast of Peninsular Malaysia, the islands are easily accessible via the States of Kelantan and Terrenganu. Travelling to the islands via Besut Jetty is rather hassle free. It takes only 45 minutes to reach the islands with speed boat.

Recommend
Island hopping to Redang and Lang Tengah can be an ad-hoc part of your itinerary. Perhentian Islands are made up of 2 main islands. Whether it’s a backpacker's inn or luxury secluded resort, you can find the well-established lodging facilities on 2 of the main islands. Also, there are plenty of dive sites to accommodate divers of all level. Untouched islets with flour like sand and pristine corals are also among the major highlights here. This place is highly popular among travellers around the world. Hence, come over, gather about, and meet new people!

Tenggol Island

A hidden gem in the turquoise blue water of South China Sea.

Access
If you’re planning to make this trip from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, you can just drive up to Dungun Jetty in Kuala Dungun, park your car, and off you go. This island is located 45 minutes away from the jetty with speed boat. Upon arrival, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of white sandy beaches, and unspoiled corals with a host of nudibranch and pelagic marine life in its surrounding waters. It’s a quiet island and surroundings are highly blessed with a healthy level of flora and fauna.

Season
Like all islands on the east coast of the peninsular, Tenggol is affected by the northeast monsoon and all resorts are closed from month November to February.

Recommend
The major draw for all you divers out there – come underwater in August and September and you’ll most likely have an encounter with our wild gentle giant, the whale shark. Looking to explore new dive sites? Tenggol is certainly every diver's next paradise.

Gemia Island

It’s more fair to say, this paradise is a new born tourism spot. This tiny little island is blessed with a coral garden and a very colourful marine life.

Access
It’s situated only 800m off Pulau Kapas, which is accessible via the town of Marang. As of now, this island is still less known to tourist. If you’re a good swimmer, you can even swim around the island as it’s only 9 acres of size. Birdwatching is the main draw on this island, as sightings of eagles are common here. Wildlife just thrives on this small piece of rock here.

Season
The same thing applies, no visit during rainy season.

Recommend
To date, there’s only one resort on the island. However, the same cannot be said for the future as the number of tourists is raising.Before it gets crowded, now’s the best time to enjoy this hidden gem.

Long Beach

Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) is a wide fine sand beach with snorkel opportunities right of the beach along the rocks at the northern and southern end and the peninsula in the middle. 

The water is extremely crystal clear. During the day, the beach is buzzing with a hive of beach activities. There are at least 3 or 4 beach volleyball courts stretching along the shoreline. Occasionally, you can also find the tourists and locals playing beach soccer or futsal. 

The mid-section of Pasir Panjang Beach is devoid of any coral growth, providing sun-worshippers with an excellent swimming area. You will be amazed by the colour of the ocean that ranges from deep blue to light milky blue especially during a sunny day.

For avid snorkelers, there is a family of baby sharks roaming around on the far left-end of the beach in a snorkeling spot called Tanjung Tengah. There is 90% chance of you spotting them, so this is an opportunity not to be missed! Otherwise, on the far right hand side is a decent snorkeling spot called Tanjung Mak Cantik.

Teluk Dalam Village

Considered the best beach on Redang and one of the best in Malaysia, this private beach is home to the exclusive Taaras Beach & Spa Resort (previously known as the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort). The sand is soft and clean and the sea is calm (at least it was during our stay). Rocky outcrops at each end of the beach attract some colorful fish but this is not the best beach for snorkeling unless you hire a boat to take you to the nearby coral gardens.

Bidong Island

Need a dive buddy? Not to worry as turtles or Big Eye Snappers and many more reef fishes will happily accompany you around! The water is clear with visibility of more than 15 meters and many of the areas are untouched or under-publicised in comparison to other dive sites in Terengganu. Pulau Bidong and its six neigbouring islands like Pulau Karah, Pulau Gelok and Pulau Tengkorak have numerous notable dive areas. The average depth of these sites are from 10 to 20 meters with the deepest being the one near Pulau Tengkorak at about 27 meters. The last is said to be one of the best sites available.

Access
To get to the island, it takes 40 to 50 minutes by boat from Kuala Terengganu or Merang town.

Kapas Island

Want more tropical dose? Good, this could be your next destination. As the less well known Gemia Island (located just next to Kapas Island) is popular for birdwatching, mainly eagles, you can come over for more diving and snorkelling expeditions here. Tropical jungle, white sandy beaches, and healthy coral reefs are one can expect as the main settling for their diving and snorkelling trip here.

Access
You can start your journey from Marang, Terengganu. The island being gifted with such a beautiful setting, the locals are promoting this island as the next diving and snorkelling paradise. Guess what? We concur.

Season
Take note, no visit during rainy season.

Perhentian Besar Island

Want to catch a glimpse of turtle hatchlings but think the Turtle Corridor located by the coast of Borneo is a tad too much effort? Consider this your next best alternative.

Access
As this piece of turtle sanctuary is easily accessible from Kuala Besut Jetty and the nearby, Lang Tengah, and Redang Island, making your way to this spot is absolute hiccup free.

Recommend
Expect similar island settings, this sanctuary here is as scenic as the Perhentian Kecil Island. May to September will be the best time to visit. However, patience is virtue here. Adopting the pace of nature is the key to successful sightings here.

Season
Gentle reminder, no visit when the monsoon hits!