Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Trip to Laguna Redang Island Resort

Swimming among fishes, white snowy sandy beaches, and having great food. I had a memorable trip to Redang last weekend. We stayed at the Laguna Redang Island Resort. Although tagged as 4 star, but according to some, it's better than Berjaya Redang Resort. I could attest to that. Food was buffet style, and pretty tasty. Accomdation is great. Staff are helpful and friendly.

We had snorkelling trips in the morning and evenings. I went to all since it's my first time there. Once in the sea, I could see myriads of fishes, coloured like rainbows for some. There were some dissappointment at seeing dead corals. However, it's a comercialised island. Some mishaps is bound to happen when humans are there.

I had a marine tank myself, so I looked in glee at every fish swimming by. Wished I could get a few small damsels and clown fishes. For corals, there's not much variety at the snorkelling parts. I think you could see more if you went scuba diving. Mostly are stony corals, brown, and green. And lots of brain corals too. I did see some anemones with nemo clown fish, but I had to swim quite a distance away. And best of all, I did see a baby shark.

I had too much good food and felt a bit bad. So on saturday morning, I ran 6km along the beach to burn some off.

As for swimming, since snorkelling is part of the activities, I did away with the snorkelling mask and life vest. Just a pair of googles will do. Swimming in the sea is so much fun, compared to 50 metres olympic sized pools. The view is great, with corals and fishes everywhere. I don't mind having this view everyday for training.

Although it's only a 3 day 2 night stay, but it's long enough to soak and relax to feel Redang island.

At Merang Jetty, I drove 8 hours with no sleep from KL..to reach this place

setMok Mok Cha...or More More Tea. Redang got famous from a Hong Kong movie. Open the TV at the room, and you can watch it.

Laguna Redang Island Resort Main Lobby

Morning view at Redang Island

All the while...I am thinking...could I swim from Redang to the mainland? It's only 20km plus.
By boat it's an hour ride.

Even at the jetty, the water is clear.

On the way to Marine Park Redang Island

Marine Park Redang Island...fishes are so friendly...just because you brought bread.

Marine Park...you got to pay 5 bucks to get there. Lots of fishes indeed, but corals are
just so so.

Greenback turtle on display...

Naga Fish...it only surface to the sea when dying...

I think it's a dolphin...

Last day at Redang Island...going to miss this place.


Gallivanter said...

I need to get my ass over to Redang some day....

mspetty said...

Redang.....not been there yet hehe(malu)

really need to arrange trip to Redang near future...(^o^)

Raymond said...

Nice pics Yip!Didnt know the beaches in msia is as beautiful as those fr the caribbean or the pacific islands

Evelyn said...

aiks! i din know there's this place where i can get to see Naga fish! hmm...is that a museum somewhere in marine park ?
i just went there 2 wks ago.

Kirstz said...

Wow what a beautiful place I want to go. Having a vacation on Laguna Redang Island
resort is really a great pleasure and experience. Hope someday I can visit that place. Thanks for sharing it.