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Location of towns of departure and jetties to various islands off Terengganu.
Location of Kampung jetty, airstrip, village, main beaches and only road on Redang.
The simplest way to travel to Redang is by Berjaya Air which offers direct flights to the island from Kuala Lumpur’s Subang Airport and Singapore’s Changi Airport Budget Terminal.
Other visitors should head for Shahbandar jetty in Kuala Terengganu (KT) or Merang jetty depending on which ferry they are taking. Some resorts operate their own ferries which usually leave from Merang jetty direct to the resort. Other resorts will make use of the public ferry which leaves from Shahbandar jetty to the Kampung jetty in Redang, after which passengers will transfer to other boats heading for the resorts. These ferry transfers are usually included in the resort’s package price.
Visitors arriving at KT airport or KT coach station can arrange with their resorts for pickup and transfer to either jetty for a small additional fee. Just inform the resort your date and time of arrival and departure together with flight or coach details. The resort can advise you when to check out to catch your boat back to the mainland for your connecting flight or coach. Visitors can also catch a cab from the airport or coach station. Some coach companies operate direct services to Shahbandar jetty and Merang jetty. Visitors driving their own vehicles can park at Merang jetty or at one of the many public carparks in downtown KT. There are no train services to KT.
On Redang, there are no water taxis and no roads connecting the different beaches. The only road on the island connects the Kampung jetty at one end to Berjaya resort at the other end and passes by the airport and the island’s only village (kampung). Visitors arriving at Redang airport or the Kampung jetty should pre-arrange with their resorts for transfers between the airport and the resort.
Most ferries leave for Redang in the morning so plan to arrive in KT or Merang earlier in the morning to allow sufficient time to catch the ferry. Other than the private resort ferries and the one public ferry operator, there are no other regular scheduled boat services between Redang and the mainland. Boat charters are available but cost from MYR500 and would only make economical sense if you have enough group members to share out the cost. For safety reasons, boats do not travel at night.
Getting to Redang from Perhentian or Lang Tengah
If you are visiting Redang from Perhentian or Lang Tengah islands, you should charter a boat as there are no scheduled services between these islands. It’s usually easier to charter a boat from Perhentian to Redang or to Lang Tengah than the other way around as there are many private boat operators in Perhentian, many of whom operate the water taxi services there.
Scheduled ferries to Redang
The public ferry at KT Shahbandar jetty (top) and at the Kampung jetty in Redang. The ferry is operated by Sejahtera Ferry Services Sdn.Bhd. (T: +609-6225233 | M: +6016-4160338).
Ferries to Redang depart either from Shahbandar jetty in Kuala Terengganu (KT) or from Merang jetty (40 minutes away from KT). Resorts that have their own ferries operate between Merang jetty and the resort and these boat transfers are usually included in the resort’s vacation package. There is only one public ferry to Redang which runs between KT Shahbandar jetty and the Kampung (village) jetty in Redang. Tickets for the public ferry can be purchased at Shahbandar jetty (MYR50 one-way for adults, children pay half fare). Resorts that make use of the public ferry may include the ferry ticket as part of the package price or may charge you extra, so check with the resort before buying your own tickets.
Don’t confuse Merang with Marang, which is another town south of KT. Merang jetty is 40 minutes by road from KT and the nearest point on the mainland to Redang. At Merang, each resort has its own jetty and check-in areas along the river with public carparks just by the side of the road.
Located opposite the Tourist Information Centre and General Post Office in downtown KT and 15 minutes walk from the KT coach station, it is nearby the tourist attractions of Puteri Hill, Maziah Palace, Chinatown, shops, eateries, the wet market and other places of interest.
Most ferries require you to check-in at least half hour before departure. Ferry schedules are shown below for reference. Always check with your resort for ferry timings and jetty of departure as these are subject to change. Though rare, rough seas and stormy weather can result in delays or cancellations. When there is heavy siltation at Merang river mouth or during low season, resorts that normally operate out of Merang may also temporarily make use of Shahbandar jetty.