When you are tired of the usual islands for holidays, Lang Tengah Island is a good option for a sweet escape.
What comes to mind when you think about island getaways? Perhaps Redang Island, Tioman Island, Langkawi Island…but have you ever heard about Lang Tengah Island or Pulau Lang Tengah? If you haven’t, now you do!
With more discoveries by tourists over the years and article coverage about the island, Lang Tengah Island’s beauty is slowly coming into the limelight. In fact, this island that is situated off the coast of Terengganu between Redang Island and Perhentian Island is a hidden gem amongst the popular ones in Malaysia.
With white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, wonderful marine biodiversity, Lang Tengah Island has basically everything that makes up a pretty great island for vacation.
How To Get To Lang Tengah Island Malaysia
If you are travelling from KL, you can either go by car which is a 4 and a half hour ride and have your car parked at Merang Jetty for RM10 per night. You could also take a bus or train to the city of Kuala Terengganu to reach Merang Jetty if you do not mind travelling for about 7 to 8 hours with stopovers.
Alternatively, you could travel by plane on domestic flights to Kuala Terengganu. The Lang Tengah Island resorts usually will provide a land transport service to pick you up from the airport to Merang Jetty.
At Merang Jetty, there are ferry or boat transfers to bring you Lang Tengah Island which operates three times per day. Each ride takes between 40 to 45 minutes.
When to Go to Lang Tengah Island Malaysia
The coast of Terengganu is usually affected by the monsoon season which happens from November to February, so do avoid visiting Pulau Lang Tengah during that period. The best time to visit the beautiful island is from March to October, though if you prefer an even quieter getaway, consider travelling to the island during non-school holiday periods.
What to Do on Lang Tengah Island Malaysia
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling
What is an island holiday without a dip into the waters? You should not miss the opportunity to dive and snorkel at Pulau Lang Tengah, especially when the island is constantly praised for its beautiful diving and snorkelling sites. You can snorkel on your own just off the beach if you are not up for booking a day’s snorkelling trip.
Mix around with schools of parrot fish, baby sharks, blue-ringed angelfish, clown fish and more together with large collections of colourful corals and sea anemones. If you want to have guided snorkelling and diving tours, each Lang Tengah Island resort has a dive centre offering various diving and snorkelling packages plus canoe and kayak rentals if you are up for some boat rowing activities.
Blue Tears Tour
This is a popular attraction amongst the tourists on Lang Tengah Island! The term “Blue Tears” refers to the blue-dotted sand along the beaches at night, in which you will be able to witness an incredible view of bioluminescent ostracods that look like shrimps of the size of plankton glowing bright blue on the sand. Most of these creatures use the blue light as a defence mechanism while some use the light to mate.
However, the Blue Tears event is not available all the time – this occurrence is subject to weather conditions of the island as unsuitable weather will affect the presence of the ostracods.
If you are up for some long walks in the jungle, you could jungle trek to Batu Kuching as it is a great place to capture gorgeous sunrise and sunset from the rocks. Depending on where you stay on the island, travelling to Batu Kuching may take half an hour or more.
There are yellow arrow marks on trees and rocks on the trek to guide you to Batu Kuching. Bring along a torchlight, drinking water and wear proper footwear when jungle trekking. Batu Kuching has a lovely snorkelling site so consider bringing snorkelling gears if you plan to go for a swim.
If Batu Kuching is not challenging enough for you, you could also go for a more adventurous trek to Batu Bulan, where you can see fish and turtles when you go snorkelling there.
Watch the Sunrise & Sunset
Apart from watching beautiful sunrise and sunset at Batu Kuching and Batu Bulan, you could also enjoy the lovely skies on any one of the beaches on the island. Remember to get your camera ready to take enchanting shots of the sunrise and sunset – the views are simply amazing that you can’t help but gaze in awe at Mother Nature’s raw beauty.
Lang Tengah Island is in the vicinity of Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian so if you want a more happening place for a change, you can consider hopping over to the two more popular islands via boat rides. Such rides are available at Lang Tengah Island resorts – just check with the resort you are staying at for more details on the type of boat ride packages they have to offer.
Check out the Turtle Conservatory at Turtle Bay
Lang Tengah Island also houses a Turtle Conservatory at Turtle Bay, a more secluded beach among the other beaches of the island. Turtle Bay is the place where turtle conservation and research efforts are carried out by a team of volunteers called Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW), and also serves as the main nesting area for turtles.
If you happen to visit at a time where the turtles come to the ground, you will be lucky to see nests and maybe even some hatchlings depending on the time of the year!
What to Eat at Lang Tengah Island Malaysia
Compared to other islands in Malaysia, Lang Tengah Island is not as happening when it comes to food. Visitors usually dine at the resorts’ restaurants, which serve a rather good fare for a meal on the island – seafood, Asian or Western cuisine, you have them all.
You could also chill at each resort’s bar for some alcohol to relax the day and night away overlooking the calming beach scenery.
Where to Stay at Lang Tengah Island Malaysia
Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW)
Okay, this doesn’t count as a Lang Tengah hotel but if you want to stay on the island and do some voluntary work for the sake of conserving turtle species, you could consider helping out at the turtle conservatory by volunteering with the LTTW team. That way, you can bunk in with other volunteers as you work together on sea turtle conservation projects to protect the endangered turtle species and also their eggs from poachers.
For more details about volunteering for LTTW, you could check their website here.
To date, there are only three Lang Tengah hotel and resorts currently located on the southern part of the island but the best and most popular hotel Lang Tengah goes to…Summer Bay Resort!
Come Stay at Summer Bay Resort, Your Gateway to a Perfect Lang Tengah Island Vacation
Visiting Lang Tengah Island and looking forward to a stress-free, hassle-free abode, a warm home away from home while enjoying your island vacation? Come stay with us then!
Our resort provides 4-star accommodation and services, bringing you the best of tropical island vacation within the comforts of air-conditioned spaces and luxurious amenities. Go for Standard or Superior Room for a basic yet adequate space, Garden View room for a lush green scenery or Pool View room if you love being greeted by views of the poolside.
We have different Lang Tengah Island packages to cater to your holiday needs, just take your pick and be on your way to an awesome and unforgettable holiday experience!
Lang Tengah Island scenery consisting of pretty blue skies and clear blue waters.
Alright, that’s about the lesser known paradise in Malaysia called Lang Tengah Island! When you run out of places to travel, do consider making Pulau Lang Tengah your next travel destination – you will be in for a totally amazing tropical island escape unlike the other islands in Malaysia.
For a complete getaway on the island that makes you feel right at home, Summer Bay Resort is the accommodation for you, your gateway to a perfect Lang Tengah island vacation!
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