Islands and Beaches – Terengganu

Islands of Terengganu Islands of Terengganu

Terengganu is blessed with captivating island retreats of soft white sand, breathtaking blue waters and dazzling undersea gardens… an unforgettable paradise in the South China Sea.

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 Tenggol are jewels in Terengganu’s crown.

Redang, situated 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu, is the largest of all Terengganu’s islands. From the very 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-perfect 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 sheltered cove tucked away on the northeast of the island. Teluk Dalam Kecil is the location of The Taraas Beach & Spa Resort, a five-star accommodation on the island.

Stretching over 800m, Pasir Panjang is a dream 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 overlooking the sea, offering various styles of accommodation.

A myriad of surprises await beneath the bewitchingly blue sea. The waters teem with a wealth of marine life and corals, and the good visibility makes it ideal for snorkelling and diving. At the Marine Park Centre, friendly wrasses, sergeant majors and breams swarm around snorkellers. Divers can look forward to thrilling encounters with black-tip sharks. Rare giant clams and hawksbill turtles have also been sighted here.

Perhentian, another breathtaking island in the state, lies about 21km off Terengganu’s coastline. Made up of two islands, Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, they are 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 leave snorkellers spellbound.

Lang Tengah, a 30-minute boat ride from Redang, is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Located midway between 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 of marine life. Its mainland has several spots that feature scenic palm-lined beaches and luxurious resorts. Resorts World Kijal, Sutra Beach Resort and Tanjung Jara Beach Resort charm visitors with their rustic architecture and impressive facilities.


Travel along the East Coast Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu.

Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar

Visitors to these two islands can take a two-hour drive to the town of Kuala Besut, situated about 105km from Kuala Terengganu. Boats are available from Kuala Besut Jetty. The ride takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah

The gateway town to these islands is Merang, situated about 45km from Kuala Terengganu. From Merang Jetty, the ride to Pulau Redang takes about 45 minutes while Lang Tengah is about 1 ½ hours away.

Pulau Redang and Pulau Bidong

These islands are accessible from Shahbandar Jetty in the city. The ride takes about 1 ½ hours.

Pulau Kapas and Pulau Gemia

The islands of Kapas and Gemia can be accessed via Marang, situated about 20km from the city.  The boat ride from Marang Jetty takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Pulau Tenggol

Visitors to Pulau Tenggol can drive to the town of Kuala Dungun, about 70km from Kuala Terengganu. From Kuala Dungun Jetty, the boat ride to Pulau Tenggol takes about 1 ½ hours.


By Air

Malaysia Airlines and the budget carrier AirAsia, Malindo Air and Firefly provide direct air services from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu in Kelantan (the nearest airport to Kuala Besut). Additionally, Kota Bharu is served by Firefly.


Tourism Malaysia Regional Office

East Coast

(Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan)
Tel: 609 567 7112 / 7115 / 7116

Tourism Malaysia Kuala Terengganu Information Centre
Tel: 609 630 9433

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