When in Malaysia you will hear a lot about water sports and activities that are a must try. Tourists from all around the globe come to Malaysia and the islands nearby to experience great water sports. One such tourist destination in Malaysia that attract tourists is Redang Island. The Redang Island or Pulau Redang includes a total of nine islands that are located near each other. The tropical paradise offers a sunny climate, great beaches and awesome water sport.
Pulau Redang is famous for snorkeling and diving at cheap rates. There are beaches in Redang Island that are highly recommended for snorkeling because of the great view of marine life they offer. The Redang diving experience is also one of the best in the region.
The island is rich in coral reefs which makes it one of the best places in Malaysia to get exquisite water experience from.
Redang Snorkeling Guide
The Redang snorkeling is a must-try experience & activity in Malaysia. The sandy beaches and clear crystal water provide the best snorkeling experience in Pulau Redang, where you can observe marine life up close and personal. There are a number of islands & beaches that are best for snorkeling in Redang.
The Pasir Panjang and also known as long beach is a wonderful place for Redang snorkeling. The water harbors coral reefs in the middle of the white sandy stretch that give you a great swimming experience, but also the touch of nature that you need. When snorkeling in long beach you can see baby sharks swimming around up close. Tanjung Tengah is the main spot used for snorkeling when in Pasir Panjang.
Tanjung Tengah offers a wide range of good corals and schools of colorful fish that mesmerize tourists. Singular dive sessions usually sum up to RM 90 and the divers charge RM 45 for any extra snorkel gear needed.
Marine Park Centre
Redang Island Marine Park Centre is located on one of the Redang Islands called Pulau Pinang. The Marine park center is easily accessible by a boat which can be rented for a day at a price of RM250 (Malaysian Ringgits) per day. The park offers a wide range of snorkeling activities with the main attraction being coral fishes and barracudas.
You can find schools of vividly colored fish just 15 feet away from the beach which makes it safe and a great place to snorkel.
There is a ticket price that needs to be paid when entering the Redang Marine Park Center. Usually the price for an adult ticket is RM5 but is compensated for older people and children under 12 years of age. The validity of the ticket is five days.
It is to be noted that the fins or other snorkel equipment is not included in the fee and has to be purchased separately.
Tanjung Mak Cantik
The Tanjung Mak Catik is another great place to get the best Redang snorkeling experience when visiting the Island. This snorkeling spot is enriched with corals that are healthy and fresh with marine life. The sandy soil beneath gives tourists the chance to explore rare marine life such as Stingray and Virgate Rabbit Fish.
There is no limit as to how much you have to swim in the water to catch a glimpse of the marine life, but located on Pantai Pasir Panjang it offers direct access to snorkel among the fishes.
The usual price for snorkeling is RM90 but diver companies charge extra for more snorkeling equipment. The price of gear usually depends on the item purchased.
The best time to snorkel in the water is around noon when the tides are low and swimming easy. During this time the water waves just carry you from once place to another, so not much effort is put into swimming and you can get a taste of the real marine life.
Pasir Chagar Hutang
The Pasir Chagar Hutang snorkeling site is located on the northeast side of the Redang Island, which is a calm relaxing place to snorkel. This place is highly recommended for tourists who do not like many people around and want to experience the marine life in the most peaceful fashion.
The main attraction of the site is the wide range of turtles it has to offer and many people have spotted at least three turtle species nearby. The water is deep and many tourists have to get to this site by boats which are then anchored a few kilometers away from the spot.
The usual price for snorkeling in the area is RM90 but this does not include extra snorkel equipment and that has to be rented out separately. You can also rent an underwater camera at RM30 per day where they later on give you the pictures on a CD for you to store away in your memorable moments.
It should be noted that the area in this water is particularly deep, so it is better to be equipped with fins and be a good swimmer. The deep water is also good to experienced diving in Redang Island. Children should be kept under constant supervision.
There is another site located near Merang and on the way to Redang called Pulau Kapas which is often used for Redang snorkeling activities because of the diverse fish life in the small island has to offer. Many people tend to stop at Pualu Kapas on day trips to have some fun snorkeling.
Other Snorkeling Sites
In Redang Island besides the mainstream sites for snorkeling there are quite a few other snorkeling sites as well that offer a wide variety of marine life. Teluk Kalong has reefs to offer in the deeper water. You can snorkel along the beach line in front of Redang Kalong resort to catch a glimpse of black tip sharks. Be careful along these lines, since the sharks can be attracted without getting wet with just a little food offering. Pulau Paku and Pulau Lima are other snorkel sites in Redang but can only be accessed with the help of boats.
Overall, Pulau Redang snorkeling experience is one of the best in Malaysia. There are other islands in Malaysia as well, which offer best snorkeling experience. The snorkeling in Tioman Island is also recommended.
If you want to recommend any snorkeling site in Redang Island, then please do so by adding comments below. If you’re exploring other islands in Malaysia, you might be interested in knowing snorkeling sites. Below snorkeling guides will help you plan your trip:
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