For those who are looking for a trip to discover the beautiful underwater marine life and have no idea where to go, consider Redang Island! Located in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia, this paradise island has many unique things to offer. The marine life here is not only perfect for exploring via a diving trip, but snorkelling around the house reef will also offer an exciting experience for visitors of With all the snorkelling equipment, tours and excursions package widely available on the island, your vacation in Redang Island must be fun-filled and exciting.
Where to Snorkel in Redang
With more than ten snorkelling spots in Redang, Tanjung Tengah in Pasir Panjang beach homes to one of the busiest and accessible house reefs around the island. The southern part is commonly recognized as the ‘Shark Bay‘ as the reefs often surrounded by baby blacktip sharks. The perfect time to get close to this shark species is between April and August, not only a few of them but plenty of them wandering around the area. Also, inhabitants in this reef are turtles, schooling needlefish, squid, barracuda, orange-striped triggerfish and the other typical reef fishes.
At the southern part of Pasir Panjang is Tanjung Mak Cantik. The snorkelling area begins at the beachfront of Redang Reef Resort till the resort’s back beach. It is very easy to get into the water and snorkel around the reef from the beachfront of the resort. Just get in and swim along the rocky outcrop, you will discover stingrays hiding under the table coral or rocks, some other residents include squid, titan triggerfish, porcupine fish, clams, giant grouper, Christmas tree corals and turtles (occasionally).
Another crowded and popular snorkelling spot in Redang, the Marine Park Centre is an excellent place for snorkelling. This marine park in Pulau Pinang is mainly covered with hard corals, with 3-6m deep, snorkelers will find no problem to spot a wide variety of underwater marine life wandering around the artificial reef right beneath the jetty. Moral eel and giant grouper are some of the most popular residents here. Damselfish, wrasses, sergeant majors, triggerfish and parrotfish all can be easily spotted. If you are lucky, Napolean wrasses and adult blacktip sharks do visit the surrounding area occasionally.
Other than these popular snorkelling sites which can be sometimes filled full of visitors, house reefs in front of most of the resorts are also perfect for snorkelling.
Hassle-Free Snorkeling Trip
Most of the resorts in Redang do provide snorkelling trips, depending on the type of package that you are looking for, the snorkelling package may include accommodation, transportation to the snorkelling sites, snorkelling equipment and meals at an all-inclusive rate. If you prefer to avoid any hassle that may arise from your arrangement, such a package can be a good option.
Also, take note that Redang Island can be crowded and filled with boatloads of visitors during peak seasons or local school holidays. If you plan to include Redang into your travel itinerary during your vacation in Malaysia, reserve the resort in advanced is a must.