While traveling to Redang Island by Air is the easiest option, many tourists opt for a ferry to Redang Island as it is a reliable and trusted mode of commuting to Pulau Redang. These visitors either head to Shahbandar Jetty, which is situated in the mainland Kuala Terengganu, or the Merang Jetty. Which jetty should the visitors head to depend on the route they wish to take or which resort they have booked at the Island.
Ferry to Redang Island
Most of the resorts in Redang operate their own ferries which usually depart from Merang jetty and directly goes to the particular resort in Redang. While other resorts will make use of the Shahbandar jetty that arrives at the Kampung Jetty in Redang. From Kampung the tourist further gets to their particular resorts through a boat. The resorts offer the ferry services in one of their vacation packages.
The Shahbandar jetty is located in Kuala Terengganu, while Merang jetty is situated in Merang village, which is about 40 minutes from Kuala Terengganu. It is Shahbandar jetty from where the only public ferry transfers the tourists or visitors from Shahbandar to Redang Island. The cost of one sided ticket is MYR50 (Malaysian Ringgits) for adults and MYR25 for children.
While the resorts that operate their own public ferries deduct the transport charges all along, those resorts that use public ferries, the tickets on the ferry is included in the resort’s package, or you may have to charge a little extra. To avoid such misunderstanding or confusion, you must check in with the resort packages without buying a separate ticket.
Tourists often confuse Merang with Marang. Marang is another town situated in the South of Kuala Terengganu. Merang jetty is as much 40 minutes away from the Kuala Terengganu by road, but a closest site in the area to Redang Island. Most of the resorts that operate their own ferries depart from Merang. Merang jetty has its own car-park and other facilities like refreshments and toilets.
The Shahbandar Jetty is situated right in front of the Tourist Information Centre and the Post Office in Kuala Terengganu’s downtown. The Shahbandar Jetty is just 15 minutes’ walk from the coach station in Kuala Terengganu. The Maziah Palace, the Puteri hill and the Chinatown and shops, eateries and wet markets are some nearby attractions of Shahbandar jetty.
Buy Ferry Ticket Online
Now you can book your ferry ticket to Redang Island online. You can board a ferry from Merang Jetty, which will take you to the Redang Island. The one way trip will cost you Malaysian 55 Ringgits (USD $15). The ticket price is same for the child.
You have to check in at least 30 minutes before the departure. Although the ferry schedules are mentioned along the reference, but the timings are subject to change due to changing conditions of the sea. So checking for ferry timings for departure with your resort is strictly advised, as these are subject to change. Though it has rarely happened that the cancellation or delays that might have occurred due to rough and stormy weather, in such situations, those ferries that operate from Merang jetty uses Shahbandar jetty in low season.
In case you have arrived late and cannot catch up with the scheduled ferry to Redang, you can spend a night at Merang or Kuala Terengganu, or hire a private boat. This might cost you a little more, but will get you to your resort just in time. Those visitors who want to day-trip and do not wish to stay in Redang Island overnight also charter the private boats as the only option to get to Redang as early as possible.
At Merang jetty there are very few private boat operators that charge from RM500 for a one way trip or charges RM50 per person. These private boat services are not only restricted to transport the tourists to Redang Island, but also go to Perhentian Island and Lang Tengah Island.
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