Saturday, June 2, 2012

TOP 5 DIVE VACATIONS IN MALAYSIA - PART THREE (LANG TENGAH ISLAND)









Lang Tengah Island is a very small island located between Perhentian Island and Redang Island that can be reached by a 30 minutes boat ride from Merang jetty. The clear emerald waters and the coral reefs around it are popular with scuba divers and snorkellers. Thus, the island is perfect for your getaway dive vacations. The island itself is covered by hilly tropical rainforest with varied flora and fauna.
According to the locals, Lang Tengah takes it name from two sayings. The first one saying that 'Lang' comes from 'Helang' in the Malay language which means an eagle, therefore Lang Tengah means eagles resting on the middle island. The second saying spread among the villagers where once upon a time the island used to be the post road for traders and fisherman from the north to replenish their supplies while taking a rest after a long journey.

Lang Tengah Island is one of the nation's well-kept secrets. Its arresting beauty can easily captivate you while you are there. Crystal clear sea-water and pristine beaches. Its arresting beauty lingers forever in your memory. An island you can call your own, private and tranquil.
Swimming or diving in the sea of Lang Tengah Island is a pleasant and wonderful activity for several reasons. Besides the not resistible blue-blue sea and underwater world, due to less crowd on the island than others, it is free from the hubbub not only while you are having your lazy afternoon in the resort but also when you are snorkeling or scuba diving looking for your favorite fish and coral.

There are about 12 dive sites around Pulau Lang Tengah and together with nearby Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Bidong, there are more than 30 dive sites for divers: at shallow to medium depths, always enjoyable, never risky or fatiguing. Encounters with turtles, resident schools of jacks and barracudas and leopard sharks are almost assured around the tiny coral island. Visitors to Pulau Lang Tengah can visit the nearby Redang Marine Park Center upon request. Speedboat fare is RM100.00/USD30.00 per person return.

How To Get Here

Getting to Lang Tengah:

By Boat
To get to the island, you need to arrive in Kuala Terengganu then catch a boat from Merang Jetty. The jetty in Merang is about 30 minutes or 40km from Kuala Terengganu and is accessible through several alternatives.

By Road
Merang Jetty is the gateway to Pulau Lang Tengah, situated 38 km north of Kuala Terengganu, travelling time takes 20-30 minutes depending upon traffic. By taking the Sultan Mahmud Bridge until reaching roundabout Batu Enam, take 3 o’clock route towards the coastal road. Follow the road signages using coastal road.

By Bus/taxi
There are taxi services available from Kuala Terengganu Taxi Terminal. Most hotels in Kuala Terengganu should be able to arrange taxi to Pantai Merang. There is a bus service that plies the route nearby Pantai Merang but it would be much convenient to either grab a taxi or arrange car rental as the bus service is infrequent.

By Air
There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly. There is also a direct flight by Firefly from Singapore. As most tourists prefers to go to the islands of Redang or Lang Tengah, Pantai Merang is enjoyable for those arrived on late flights and would like to savour the early morning sunrise and cool bayou from the sea before taking the boat ride to the islands. There are taxi and car rental services available at the airport terminal. Journey time from the airport is around 25 minutes to Merang Jetty.

Where To Stay
Dive resort are available such as:

  1. Sari Pacifica Lang Tengah Resort & Spa
  2. D' Coconut Island Resort
  3. Redang Lang Island Resort

Where To Eat

Restaurant Kayu Manis, Sari Pacifica Lang Tengah Resort & Spa
Restaurant D' Coconut Island Resort
Restaurant Redang Lang Island Resort


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