Dive Redang offers many different sites for diving from beach dives, shallow dives to challenging deep dives. Beautiful hard and soft coral gardens as well as sandy bottom sites offering muck dives that Pulau Redang unique. The dive sites are all located nearby and are easily accessible by speedboats.
The East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia’s monsoon season sets in towards end of October and lasts through till late February or early March. The best time to visit the East Coast is in March and April and for water visibility can be as good as 40m. Mid November till early January, it is not advisable to visit this part of Peninsular Malaysia at its peak of the monsoon season. The seas are extremely rough, strong wind and most resort operators are closed between October and February.
2017 Redang Dive Trip Schedule:
- 26 – 29 Mar 2017
- 30 Apr – 3 May 2017
- 16 – 19 Jul 2017
- 24 – 27 Sep 2017
- More dates available upon request!
When diving at Sipadan Island itself, it is highly recommended that you be an Advanced Open Water Diver or above. Sipadan Island diving consists of wall dives, and as such, buoyancy is especially crucial. In addition to that, the Malaysian Government announced that only Advanced Open Water Divers or entry level divers with a minimum of 20 logged dives are allowed to dive at Sipadan Island.
It is highly recommended that you are an Enriched Air (nitrox) Diver, so that you maximise your bottom time. Nitrox tanks are available at Sipadan.
It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world.
More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. A turtle tomb lies underneath the column of the island, formed by an underwater limestone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers that contain many skeletal remains of turtles that become lost and drown before finding the surface.Sipadan is in the world’s Top 10 best dive site, within its waters lies schools of green and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, schools of barracuda and big-eye trevally in tornado-like formations, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. Wouldn’t you love to go on a Dive Sipadan with us?
Amazing Dive is able to conduct the following courses at Redang!
Advanced Adventurer Course
Do check out our Course Page for more information!
Accommodation on Pulau Redang
Ayu Mayang [email protected] Pulau Redang
Being one the newest resort to be established on Pulau Redang, Ayu Mayang Beach Resort’s rooms are tastefully furnished and fully air-conditioned. The resorts nestled on the best stretch of beach in Pulau Redang known as Pasir Panjang.
On the eastern side of Pulau Redang (the most popular as well), The Ayu Mayang Resort, overlooks the clear turquoise waters of a beautiful bay, nestles amidst gentle swaying palm groves.
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Attached bathrooms
- Hot shower
Restaurant & Bar
The Seri Mayang Restaurant offers not only a wide selection of culinary delights, but also an impressive view of the sea and the soothing caresses of gentle breezes.
The Bubbles Bar and Ed’s Beach Bar are places to unwind and clear the sea from your throat after a dive/snorkel session. Have a casual chat over your favourite beverage. Meet new friends, hang loose and have a PARTY. There are no strangers here, only friends whom you have yet to meet.
Dive Sites in Redang
As its name implies, at Tunnel Point large boulders pile up in such a way as to form tunnel-like structures that divers can swim through, offering a different underwater experience from the other dive sites.
At one point, if one pays attention and listens carefully, one can hear a boulder creaking when surf action pushes against it, causing it to move slightly.
There are quite a number of gorgonian fans, soft and hard coral while the reef life encountered here include bumphead parrotfish, small barracudas, jacks and nudibranch.
Tanjung Tokong (North Point)
Tanjung Tokong is situated very close to Turtle Bay at Chagar Hutang where SEATRU has its field station. As such, it offers opportunities to spot green and hawksbill turtles.
The sea here can get rough at times but divers will be rewarded with the diversity of fishes and other reef life found here, including jacks, snappers, napolean wrasse, fusiliers, nudibranch, flatworms and the occasional shark.
Many boulders are covered with soft coral and sea fans. When sea conditions are calm, it is possible to snorkel from Tanjung Tokong all the way to Turtle Bay, where there are opportunities to spot turtles.
Tanjung Gua Kawah
At the northeastern tip of Redang, Tanjung Gua Kawah tends to have strong surface and deep-water currents and is best left to experienced divers. Rocks and boulders descend to sandy bottom at around 15 metres. Coral growth is average but due to the currents, there are opportunities to encounter pelagics in the open water, and other fish life in caves and under overhangs.
Chek Isa (Mini Mount)
Chek Isa is a submerged reef that starts from 8 metres in depth and features 2 enormous boulders carpeted with many different species of soft corals, sponges and stinging hydroids scattered around until it hits the sandy bottom at 20 metres.
Cowries, spider shells and colourful Christmas tree worms are often encountered, together with angelfish, parrotfish, wrasses, groupers and other reef dwellers. Look out for well-camouflaged devil scorpionfish buried in the sandy bottom.
Night diving can be a rewarding experience with many nocturnal creatures like crabs and eels, urchins, squids, spiny lobsters and cowries making their appearances.
Mak Cantik (Maxi Mount)
Close to Chek Isa is Mak Cantik (which means ‘beautiful mother’ in Malay), an underwater seamount in waters 12-18 metres deep that’s home to a large coral garden comprising many hard and soft corals. Some divers prefer this to Chek Isa as the coral gardens here are prettier, including some lovely anemone gardens.
There is also a good abundance of fish life, including yellowtail barracudas, rays, puffers and all the usual damsels, wrasses, parrotfish, angels, butterflyfish and snappers. Look out at the fringe of the reef and you might see nurse sharks, white-tip sharks and large rays.
Tanjung Cina Terjun
If there is one place in Redang that qualifies as a macro photographer’s wonderland, it must be Cina Terjun, one of my favourite sites in Redang. It might as well be called ‘eel & lionfish city’ too since divers are almost certain to encounter eels and lionfish here.
The sandy bottom fringing the reef is home to many stingrays, while scorpionfish and stonefish lie camouflaged against corals. Lionfish and porcupine fish shelter amidst a garden of sea whips, while schools of large puffers swim nearby. Small cat sharks, bamboo sharks and leopard sharks can be found sleeping under rocks.
This spot offers great day and night dives at depths up to 18 metres in fairly calm waters, so it is suitable for novice divers too. Shine your torch into a hole or crevice at night and chances are you’ll see an eel.
Northwest of China Terjun are the islands of Pulau Kerengga Besar and Pulau Kerengga Kecil with a large expanse of shallow reef which is ideal for snorkellers as well as novice divers. If Cina Terjun is ‘eel & lionfish city’, Kerengga is ‘ray city’ as the shallow sandy bottom around it is home to a large number of rays and a few sharks. The diving around Kerengga Besar is in relatively calm and shallow waters up to about 15 metres maximum depth. A coral garden comprising both hard and soft coral lies between the two islands. Humphead parrots, snappers, tuna, jacks and trevallies may be encountered at the reef, while many species of shrimp and crab may be found especially during night dives.
Pulau Lima South
The southern tip comprises a series of large boulders covered with hard and soft corals, sea anemones and other invertebrates, with caves and grottos at the base of the boulders forming hideouts for many reef fishes. The eastern side comprises steep walls encrusted with corals dropping to about 13 meters before sloping away gradually to 30 meters. Sea fans and whips can be found at the deeper bottoms. Apart from the usual reef fishes, look out for black tip reef sharks, moray eels, lionfish and puffer fish.
Pulau Lima North
“Big Mount”, located about 50 to 100 metres from the northern tip of Pulau Lima, is considered by many divers to be the best of all the dive sites around Pulau Lima and is probably one of the deeper dive sites, going down to about 35 meters.
Highly rated by local divers, it provides interesting encounters with a variety of pelagics such as tuna, barracudas, groupers, black-tip sharks and the rare but unforgettable encounter with the whale shark. Starting at about 20 meters, the boulder terrain drops away to 30+ meters and is filled with many varieties of hard and soft corals, gorgonian fans, sea anemones and whip coral gardens.
Terumbu Kili (South Point)
Terumbu Kili, a rocky outcrop that appears above water and slopes down to a sandy bottom at about 20 metres in depth, lies at the southern tip of Pulau Pinang and is one of the top dive sites at Redang.
Beware the strong surface currents in the channel separating this outcrop from Pulau Pinang. Due to the strong currents, this site is best left to more experienced divers. Those who take the plunge may be rewarded with sightings of occasional blacktip sharks, barracudas, jacks, snappers, fusiliers, jellyfish and schools of yellowtail. A coral garden of leather corals, soft coral, whips and fans occupy several ledges on the slope front. Hawksbill turtles are commonly encountered here.
Pulau Ling & Batu Chipor
Pulau Ling, a small rocky outcrop with no beach, used to be a popular dive spot in Redang with 2 massive, mushroom-shaped coral heads, believed to be the among the largest coral structures on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Estimated to be hundreds of years old, the larger head measures 24.5 metres while the smaller head measures 23.2 metres at their base circumference. These can be explored at relatively shallow depths of 10-20 metres. Caves found at the bases of the two heads are home to angelfishes, moorish idols and cardinal fish while the overhangs of these caves are encrusted with brilliant orange daisy corals.
North of Pulau Ling, Batu Chipor is marked by a buoy about 20m away from a tiny rocky outcrop barely exposed during high tide. Although a fairly shallow dive (8-15 metres), the sea around it can be choppy with currents and it is more suitable for experienced divers. The rocky wall is covered with soft tree corals, leather corals and fans, while the sandy bottom is covered mainly with hard staghorn, lettuce and boulder corals.
Both these dive spots are now less frequently visited by divers due to the large increase in boat traffic which pass these areas.
Pulau Ekor Tebu
The northeast tip of Pulau Ekor Tebu comprises mainly steep granite boulders dropping to 24 metres where it hits the sandy bottom. An underwater cave can be found at about 20 metres depth. Look out for healthy staghorn, table and lettuce coral. Sightings of trevallies, black tip sharks, pompano, barracuda, batfish and the occasional eagle ray can be expected especially when there are currents. Giant clams and other shells can also be encountered.