Redang Reef Resort at Pulau Redang
Redang Reef Resort as the name says is located at one of the best spots in Pulau Redang. The place is more of a homestay style lodge catering to mostly locals and also backpacking foreigners who are out to seek some fun in the sun, snorkeling and diving. The catchy wooden walkway which is built over the rocks looks very impressive as walking here, you see some of Pulau Redang's crystal clear waters.
The Redang Reef Resort is also connected by a wooden walkway to the main area of the Laguna Redang Resort. Most guests are ferried here via boat directly from the mainland and they stop right in front of the resort itself. If you are traveling by foot or simply exploring the area, you will be mesmerized by the turquoise blue waters with clarity that you see only in postcards and sand that is almost pure white.
The Resort also claims that if you stay here, you are to experience authentic Malaysian architecture with a window by the sea. I was expecting some sea view chalets or villas but I guess I was wrong when I actually step foot at the resort, it was purely a budget styled place.
While here, I saw a number of people learning to scuba dive around the waters of the resort as there is a dive shop and center available here called Leisure Divers. So if you are looking for a place to learn scuba diving or want to continue your advanced diving, you could inquire here.
Apparently from what my local guide told me, there have been many sightings of harmless sharks around Pulau Redang, so if you love snorkeling or diving, Redang is one of the great places for this as there is also a number of dive centers or shops around the island.
There is only one beach at the back of the resort. You can see from the picture above that the waters are nice but there are a lot of corals so they are not swim friendly. Best to go out from the resort to the main beach if you want to swim.
Local resident squirrels are seen playing around the resort and sometimes they come around the restaurant looking for some food. Speaking of food, the resort restaurant offers local Chinese, Malay and some Western food for meals. They provide free rounds of Coffee, Tea, Milo and biscuits throughout the day if you are hungry.
There are a total of 32 rooms in a few blocks of wooden double-storey structures. There are also no chalets or villas at this resort. From the pictures you can tell what they are. Basic and average living conditions suitable for those on a budget.
For the record, this is a popular resort being sold in packages so you will not be getting much privacy here. A romantic get-away is also NOT suggested here. Families and groups are mostly sighted at the resort.
My personal opinion on the Redang Reef Resort - This place caters to the weekend holiday makers, travelers on a shoestring budget, backpackers and mostly teenagers. If you are looking for some couple time, it is best to find a slightly better resort with privacy.Most of the packages sold are a 3D/2N full board package so you can check directly with them or any of the local travel agencies around Malaysia.
Redang Reef Resort Travel and Tours
167 Jalan Bandar
20100 Kuala Terengganu
Telephone: 609 622 6181
On Pulau Redang, there are many choices of resorts to choose from and you should also take note of the Monsoon Season which is from October to March. Most of the resorts will close during this season so do check ahead. Some of the resorts remain open with half price rooms but be prepared.