Redang island can be easily reached by air or by boat or a combination of both.
The only direct flight to Redang island is operated by Berjaya Airlines, that flies from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This is definitely the most convenient way to reach the island, albeit a little expensive. If you are flying in, do speak to your resort so they can arrange transport from the air strip to your respective resort. Keep in mind that there is no public transport on the island so if you do not have pre-arranged transport, you'll have no other means to commute (unless of course you don't mind being stranded on exotic islands! :P ).
This is the most preferred way to reach the island and is also cost effective at the same time. The closest jetty on the mainland from where boats leave for Redang island is the Merang jetty. There are typically 2 ways to get here if your starting point is Kuala Lumpur. Either take a direct flight to the nearest town of Kuala Terengganu or take an overnight bus. Once you reach Kuala Terengganu, you can take a cab to the jetty. Most resorts have their own boats that ferry guests to and from the island, so make sure you have a word with your resort in advance to find out what arrangements they have. If not, you can always buy tickets and catch a public ferry from the jetty at a nominal cost, once you get there.
Best time to visit
When visiting any island, you want to avoid the monsoon season at all cost. Monsoon in Redang island starts in late October and recedes only by early March. Most resorts are also shut during this time. If you want to make the most of your visit to the island, the best time to go is from June to August when the weather is dry and sunny, perfect for snorkeling and diving.
Where to stay
Redang island is dotted with a number of beautiful beach resorts. Some of the most popular ones are: Laguna Redang Island Resort, The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, Coral Redang Island Resort. Most resorts on the island offer packages to suit different travel needs. So if you are interested in multiple snorkeling or diving trips, enquire about a package with these activities in focus. Or if you are just looking for stay and food, look out for a full-board or half-board package.
If you're planning a trip to Malaysia and looking forward to some beach-time, consider giving Langkawi a miss and including this stunning island in your itinerary instead. Get a taste of the exotic island life and come back with memories and experiences to last you a lifetime!