Featuring stunning white-sand beaches backed by lush green jungle, Pulau Redang lies within a protected marine park and boasts excellent dive sites and snorkelling reefs. Unfortunately, it can be difficult, and potentially more expensive, to visit independently, rather than as part of a package tour. Some packages tend to be regimented affairs with arrival lectures and set times for meals, snorkelling and ‘leisure'. These packages are aimed at groups of young Malaysians and weekending Singaporeans and so holiday periods can be crowded.
Pulau Redang shuts down from the start of November for the monsoon season and reopens at the start of March; the best time to visit is from mid-March to late September. There is a conservation fee (adult/child RM30/15) for entering the marine park, usually payable as you catch the boat from Merang or Kuala Terengganu.