Saturday, July 9, 2011

Islands of Terengganu

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 9:16 AM
( Information by Tourism Malaysia )

Terengganu, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, beckons with an aura that is distinctively Malay. Its traditional way of life, vibrant cottage industries and fascinating cultural pastimes give the state its unique appeal. The islands of Redang, Perhentian, lang Tengah, Kapas and Tenggo are jewels in Terengganu’s crown.

Redang, situated 45 km off the coasts of Kuala Terengganu, is the largest of all Terengganu’s islands. From the first glance, Redang will enchant visitors with its compelling beauty. Its incredibly azure waters fringed by white sand, against the backdrop of verdant jungle-clad hills make picture-postcard views.

The island boasts two beautiful beaches, the Long Beach or locally known as Pasir Panjang, situated on the east coast and Teluk Dalam Kecil, a shelterd cove tucked away on the northeast of the island. Teluk Dalam Kecil is the location of northeast of the island. Teluk Dalam Kecil is the location of the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort, a five-star accommodation on the island.

Stretching over 800 m, Pasir panjang is adream come true for sun-seekers. Here, underneath the clear blue sky, one can spend hours by basking in the sun, or strolling by the beach and feel the sensation of soft sand sinking under the feet. The beach is lined by a number of resorts verlooking the sea, offering various styles of accommodation.

A myriad of surprises await beneath the bewitching blue sea. The waters teem with a wealth of marine life and corals, and the good visibility makes it ideal for snorkeling and diving. At the Marine Park Centre friendly wrasses, sergeant majors and breams swarm around snorkelers. Divers can look forward to thrilling encounters with black-tip sharks. Rare giant clams and hawksbill turtles too have been sighted here.
Perhentian, another breathtaking island in the state, lies about 21 km off Terengganu’s coastline. Made up of two islands, Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, they abound with exciting activities for sun-seekers. The waters around Perhentian offer some of the  best dive sites in the country.Fusiliers, scorpionfish, rabbitfish and Christmas Tree Worms are among the sights which will snorkelers spellbound.

Lang Tengah, a 30-minute boat ride from redang, is one of the state’s best kept secrets. Located midway the islands redang and Perhentian, its sparkling white sand and aquamarine waters are simply irresistible. The varieties of hard and soft corals and prolific marine life here make it a perfect destination for divers.

The smaller islands of Kapas and Tenggol, are delightful gems for divers with their scenic beaches, underwater rock formations and a plethora scenic palm-lined beaches and luxurious resorts. The Awana Kijal, Sutra Beach Resort, Tanjung Jara Beach Resort and The Aryani charm visitors with their rustic architecture and impressive facilities.


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