45km off the coast from Kuala Terengganu, Pulau Redang is the biggest among the offshore islands of the state. The waters around the island are crystal clear and the island is a perfect location for scuba diving.
Pulau Redang lies within the state's marine park, and brightly coloured tropical fishes and corals are found in abundance under the waters here.
At Pulau Redang, tourists can indulge in a wide array of watersports activities such as boating, swimming, diving and jungle trekking. However, since the island has been included in the marine park, tourists are not allowed to fish or pick up corals or other aquatic lives within 3.2km from its shores.
Pulau Redang offers a wide selection of accommodation for tourists, including budget hotels, international-class hotels and resorts. The island also boasts an 18-hole golf course.
Near to Pulau Redang are some of the beautiful islands ideal for diving, including Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Bidong, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Lima.
Tourists can take a boat from either Kuala Terengganu or Marang. The boat journey from Kuala Terengganu takes about one and a half hours while the journey is only 50 minutes from Marang.
The tranquility of Pulau Perhentian
21km off the northern coast of Terengganu, Pulau Perhentian is made up of two little islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
The islands are clad in virgin forests while their beaches are fringed with swaying palm trees.
Arrangements can be made for a round-island cruise or to hire a boat to the secluded bay for swimming. Tourists can also indulge in fishing, windsurfing, canoeing and a host of other activities there.
Chalets and camping grounds are available on Pulau Perhentian Besar.
From Kuala Terengganu, take a bus or taxi to Kuala Besut, from where the boat journey to Pulau Perhentian takes about an hour.