Diving in Pulau Redang – Facts Sheet
Destination : Pulau Redang
Country : Malaysia
Temperature : 30 – 35°C
Season : February – November
How to go : Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Redang direct, or fly to Kuala Terengganu and take a 30 minutes ferry boat to Pulau Redang
Types of Dives : Coral Reef Dive
Pulau Redang is the largest island in a group that is dotted around just off the coast of Terengganu in the South China Sea. Offering some of the most crystal clear waters in the hemisphere, it has numerous diving sites for anyone enthusiastic who is about the deep. Sheltered inside the Pulau Redang marine park, the ocean here offers an abundance of corals and marine life.
The Pulau Redang marine park includes a collection of islands that all offer great dive opportunities along with Redang itself. The islands of Pulau Ling, Pulau Lima, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Paku Kecil and Pulau Ekor Tebu all offer dozens of great swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
In all, there are more than 25 unique dive sites in and around the Redang islands group, each of being richly diverse in their marine life. The islands of Pulau Redang marine park are just a few minutes boat trip apart, so it’s actually possible to visit them all during a two week holiday.
One of the best dive sites on offer here is the Big Mount, which is an oval shaped seamount that is totally submerged, about 50m from the northernmost tip of Pulau Lima. Just 20m at its shallowest point and 30m at its deepest, the seabed at Big Mount is scattered with boulders offering hours of exploration.
Divers here will have plenty of opportunity to see macro life up close, not too mention encounters with an array of bigger marine life, including enormous clownfish, starfish, sea cucumbers, groupers, stonefish and parrot fish.
Following on from the Big Mount, there is also the exciting Mini Mount that is not to be missed. Approximately 100m east of Pulau Kerengga Besar, the deepest point here goes to a depth of 20m, so it’s a nice place for novice divers.
The heavily bouldered terrain here is carpeted with smattering of sponges, tubastrea corals, soft corals, sea squirts and stinging hydroids. Mini Mount is a good location for night diving as there is a wealth of night creatures to be seen after dark, searching for food in and around the reef.
The rocky seascape of Terumbu Kiri is choc-a-block with corals of both the soft and the hard variety at a depth of 15m, before sloping down to a sandy sea bottom at around 20m. Some of the aquatic life to be seen around here includes damselfish, cardinal fish, snappers, parrotfish, chromis and soldier fish.
If you venture out further, into the open waters you may even be lucky and encounter some fusiliers, jacks and black tip sharks.
On Pulau Redang itself there are dozens of dive schools and dive resorts to choose from. The island boasts plentiful white sand beaches and a year round daytime temperature ranging from 30 to 34 degrees Celsius.
A trip to Pulau Redang is sure to be an unforgettable experience.