Redang Island's Marine Park Centre
By Department of Marine Park Malaysia
The Pulau (P) Redang Archipelago consists of the 9 islands of P. Redang, P. Pinang, P. Ling, P. Ekor Tebu, P. Kerengga Besar, P.Kerengga Kecil, P. Paku Besar, P. Paku Kecil and P. Lima 45 km off the Terengganu coast. The marine waters surrounding these islands up to 2 nautical miles from the low water mark of the shore have been designated as Pulau Redang Marine Parks Malaysia. Prior to the establishment of the marine parks the same waters were designated as Prohibited Fisheries Waters.
Many people pursue livelihoods and recreational activities in the park waters sharing use of these protected waters with the natural living resources. The purpose of the Marine Parks is to manage the conservation of the marine resources.
The P Redang Marine Park, administered by the Department of Marine Park Malaysia provides special protection and management for marine areas of national significance. The overall goal will be to protect, conserve and manage in perpetuity marine environments of significance and to encourage the public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Malaysia’s natural marine heritage by present and future generations of Malaysians.
A mangrove forest is the part of the main attractions in Pulau Redang. The land and water is managed as an integrated ecosystem with co-operation between the Federal and State Government. Development on the private lands is managed through proper planning using the environmental guidelines established by the state government to reduce the adverse environmental impact to the ecosystem of the island.
Facilities and Services
Toilet and wash facilities, picnic tables and barbeque pits are provided at selected sites. A jetty at the visitors centre allows boats to come along shore. The park management provides mooring buoys over coral reefs to allow for snorkelling and diving boats. Visitors can shop for small items of food and drinks at the village shops. For hiring of diving equipment and filling of air tanks, visitors can enquire at the respective dive shops.
To avoid destruction of corals by anchoring activities, vessels are only allowed to anchor within designated areas.
The park managers provide mooring buoys over the coral reef areas to allow for mooring of boats.
Sightseeing and Things to Do
The park provides a variety of compatible outdoor recreational opportunities for the park visitor such as snorkeling, diving, picnicking, camping, saltwater, fishing, boating, swimming, jungle-tracking and hill-climbing, bird-watching, wildlife observation and photography, both on land an underwater. Visibility is excellent during most parts of the year.
Snorkelling and diving provides the best means of observing and enjoying the coral reefs of P. Redang. The waters in the park provide one of the most enjoyable and spectacular diving spots in Peninsular Malaysia.
P. Redang has several stretches of excellent camping grounds with extensive good beaches for picnicking and shallow waters for safe swimming. These can be found in the large bay of T. Dalam to the north of the island, Pasir T. Kalong and Pasir Panjang; isolated and smaller stretches of beach occur on the west and north coast, at Pasir Mak Simpan, Pasir Mak Kepit dan Pasir Changar Hutang.
Boaters can enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island which can take about 12 hours, observing rock formation and the rain forests which cover the major part of the island. A glass bottom boat would allow visitors to observe the spectacular coral formation in the shallow reef areas.
The island also provides good terrain for hiking. This can be combined with bird watching, turtle watching, and animal and plant observations. Well preserved plant fossils of the Upper Palaeozoic age can be observed on the south western portion of P. Redang between Pasir Macam Ayam dan Pasir Kechil.