Redangkalong Resort

57 Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Pulau Redang 20000 Malaysia
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BritinChina1963 wrote a review Oct 2013
Zhengzhou, China710 contributions375 helpful votes
Having travelled on the overnight bus from Penang, we were met as promised at 7am by their driver. Around 8am we were taken to a local port for a 45 minute boat trip to Redangkalong island. Arriving around 10-30am were started the training for Scuba diving.

We stayed for 4 nights - 5 days - and so happy our stay was extended to learn the Scuba diving from the minimum 3 days 2 nights
In reality your stay is only 4 days as you leave 08-30am due to the tide.

We had a sea facing room (211) that has only one neighbour but the other wall is to the restaurant side - the view was nice and not looking out of your room into the back of another building.

Yes the rooms are basic and noise travels through them easily but they are 14 years old and the owners are currently waiting for official approval to upgrade them. No TV but air conditioning machine that is on / off only, no change to temperature available.

Tim was our PADI instructor - excellent tutor - safety came first every time - so helpful and expressed himself so well and multi lingual.

We had one extra dive that cost 80RM each- later in our holiday others were charging 250RM

The Scuba trips are well organised - scenery is beautiful - the place is not a resort - food is FOC within the original cost - basic but fine - coffee/ tea / orange juice on flow all day. In the large room where we you eat is a TV, Wifi and cold beers that cost 10RM each.

You are within a jungle basically - all foods / anything you have forgotten (bring your own sun creams) can be brought over from the main island on a daily basis.

If you want a luxury room etc, wrong place - if you want to snorkel, Scuba, kayak, sun bathe, relax then this is the place - very little else to do.

Room service is minimal, you have a brush to clean the floor -bath towels can be changed at 6pm daily if required. The bathroom has a basic shower -There is a safe in the room

Snorkelling around 5pm is excellent as you can go far out - NB wear shoes as the sea floor is rough.

Walk for minimum 10 minutes around the island then you will start to find some of the other hotels on the island which I found to be full of children etc whereas Redangkalong appears not a place for children.
The owners (brothers) and team are very polite and helpful.

I was advised the place is closed from mid October to March due to monsoon climate.

We were allowed to leave our cases in their office in the town during the day - we paid for their driver to take us to the airport at a reasonable cost - very good service

I would definetly go again - I hope they get authorisation to improve the rooms as they deserve to be successful. Value for money
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Room Tip: We had 211 - this room has only one neighbour
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IshDewyn wrote a review Jun 2015
KL, Malaysia637 contributions406 helpful votes
This was my first visit to the resort, with friends who are long-time fans of the place, and I have to say that I did rather enjoy myself and found the place charming.

Redangkalong sits on an entire beach by itself, which guarantees your privacy from throngs of guests from other resorts; a huge (and luxurious!) difference from staying on the massively overcrowded Pantai Panjang (Long Beach) area & the hulking, charmless, over-commercialised monstrosity that is Laguna Beach. Being able to nap in one of the many loungers & hammocks in complete and idyllic peace was a rare treat indeed, despite the ~30 guests staying there that weekend.

It didn't seem much like a place for children, but that might be more attributed to the very grown up atmosphere of the resort, overall. There is absolutely no reason why children would not be welcomed or be comfortable there, and there is ample beach space and shallow waters for younger children to safely play in.

The dive centre is excellent. All their equipment (rental charged per daily use) are carefully maintained and were in great condition. Maps were helpfully drawn out for reference & fairly detailed briefings on what one might expect (dive conditions, current, sea life, etc) were given before each dive. An extremely efficient box-storage assignment helps you organise your things independently, and the centre itself is spacious. Safety is always prioritised and best practises unswervingly adhered to - and demanded of guest divers!

This, however, isn't the most pampered of dive centres. Most that I've been to, especially in the region, the divemasters and the crew will take care of managing all the gear. Here, you are expected to manage your own gear (with the exception of loading it on to the boat and setting it up.) Apparently, divers were required to assemble their setup on their own in the past, but they now do this for you.

I think it's great practise to have divers manage their own equipment, but a little more briefing of those expectations could perhaps be made more clearly to the divers, instead of barking after divers to "not forget" their gear.

The divemasters were approachable and very knowledgeable about diving, underwater photography and of the area. They were conscientious in leading their groups and we enjoyed our trips out with all of them.

Rooms are basic - just beds, a small night stand, a small wardrobe & safety box - but comfortable. Our 3-sharing seaview room was more than spacious enough. The walls are still a bit thin - we could hear muffled conversation against one wall and snoring coming through the other - but I wouldn't say it hampered our sleep quality. The mattresses were firm (and yes, proper mattresses) and the comforter warm. The a/c worked well, and the controllers can be obtained from the reception desk. The bathroom was basic - a sink, small mirror, hot shower & w/c - and everything worked well. They don't provide room cleaning service though, so extra toilet rolls would need to be gotten from reception too.

The "souvenir" shop was decently stocked with snacks and some basic essentials you might've left behind - sunblock, shampoos, combs, etc. Prices are predictably higher than on the mainland but at least the convenience is there.

The food was tasty and plentiful. There was always enough to eat, and they would cook more to supplement the buffet offerings if any particular dishes had run out. (I've been to places where the meals were scant affairs and I often went on a little hungry throughout the day!) They have BBQ on the menu every other night, which means having pan-grilled lamb and a tasty fish baked in sauce option added to the buffet menu. Free-flow water, cordial, coffee and tea, and toast are available 24/7. All this is included in the price of your board. Items from the bar, ice-cream chillers and soft drinks fridge are extra charges.

We also enjoyed the karaoke room (available up to 11pm, whereupon it's quiet time in the resort), and the free board games, carrom, Chinese chess and mahjong sets you can borrow from the reception desk.

The whole resort runs like an excellently oiled machine. It is well maintained, and the place is kept spick & span by their very efficient staff; nary will you find even a single stray palm frond lying about.

All in all, we had a great stay. The dives were good, even if we did have one very rough & choppy morning, and for the 4D/3N we were there, it was money well spent.
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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George C wrote a review Sept 2014
Hong Kong, China268 contributions67 helpful votes
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I'm been to several diving lodge and I believe it is the best I've ever had... Everything is well organised, food is good , friendly staff.... A good place to enjoy peaceful and quiet. If you like diving, the water is calm with mild or sometimes no current. If you don't dive, you can swim, canoeing, walk around the Island or lazy lay down on the beach
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Sphingx wrote a review Feb 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia12 contributions24 helpful votes
I've been diving and staying Redangkalong several times over the past few years, and I've always enjoyed my stays there.

The best thing about this place is the secluded location. I hate crowded resorts, so the quiet beach is ideal. The beach isn't the nicest and there is a terrible garbage area further down the beach, but I do note that the Redangkalong staff do their best to keep their area of the beach clean and tidy.

The bare-bones rooms don't bother me as if you go to an island and spend a lot of time in your room instead of outside, something is wrong. The most important thing is that there is a good, sleepable bed, and one thing I do like with Redangkalong is that they have real mattresses here (instead of the thin, flimsy affairs you might find elsewhere) and hot water. The air conditioner seems to be always set on coldest however, and we nearly froze on the first night before we learned to go ask reception for the controller. They really should put a sign in the rooms letting guests know where to get the controllers instead of letting them guess. Like almost every island resort, the walls are thin so you can hear what's going on in your neighbour's room. The resort owner did mention that they were renovating this year? to rectify the problem.

I personally enjoy the buffet food most of the time. The kitchen staff are absolute geniuses when it comes to making soups and curries, while the other dishes range from average to ok. I'm not that big a fan of the western food and BBQ you get on alternate nights, it's not bad and is quite all right, but personally, I could eat their curried chicken and rice dishes all day.

The staff, ranging from the driver who picks you up from the airport, to the resort staff and the awesome head cook are all very nice. They really go out of their way to help if you ask.

If you're in Redang for diving, this is a good place. The dive center is well-equipped with a wide selection of rental gear. I've been to a lot of dive centers in around Malaysia that don't have this, so I have an appreciation for dive centers who keep a good and well-maintained selection even if I now have my own gear. Even with good maintenance, dive equipment can occasionally malfunction without warning, and the difference between a good and bad dive center is that a good one will have ample replacements on hand and ready by your next dive.

If you are planning to do any courses, I'd recommend the dive center, the instructors there really do their job. When it comes to diving training, this is not a pay-and-dive-immediately operation, they don't treat you like customers whose whims need to be 'catered' to. They treat you like students and drill all the information you need to know about your course into you whether you like it or not. I'm told they are one of the places that will actually fail students if they do not think the person is capable of diving safely.

Some people might not like this since they 'paid' to get the diving certification, and most people wouldn't like being told they were doing something wrong or their buoyancy control needs improvement, but trust me, you don't appreciate this kind of drilling until a dangerous situation arises and you get through it safely because the thorough training kicked in while someone else with a cowboy licence might have panicked under pressure.

Remember folks, diving is still an extreme sport.

I still find their practice of carrying tanks to the boat for you luxurious though!

For the non-diver, there are snorkelling trips, ping pong, karaoke and kayaking all included. If you're looking for partying and bar-hopping though, you're out of luck. If boat snorkelling is not your thing, you can swim out the bay. Watch out for boats, but there is some excellent snorkelling there, especially in the mornings. I managed to see a lot of things just snorkelling in the bay, including pufferfish, giant rays, bumphead parrotfish, turtles and numerous sharks. Watch out for the Titan triggerfish though, these aggressive guys are everywhere.

Overall, Redangkalong is a good place for people who want a no-frills holiday to relax away from the crowds. Coming here on a weekday is highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Room Tip: Try your best to get the Seaview Rooms, and plan your holiday on a weekday if possible.
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marie d wrote a review Apr 2013
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia18 contributions11 helpful votes
Its a good place to recharge. Eat, sleep, dive and lazy around on deck chairs or in hamocks in d sun. Fully booked u don't see d crowd. Peaceful on yr own/honeymooners or be in a good team for dive and snokeling. Room is basic, clean, hot showers,and air cond with a fantastic view of d pristine white beach at yr doorstep which more than make up for the basics. Food is good and plentyful, catering for tourist and locals with hot and cold beverages all day long. Value for money all in package with pick up from airport and boat to d island. Diving is chargeable depending on requirements. Staff good service with a smile. It was difficult to say good bye to peace and tranquility after being spoilt for 4 days.
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Date of stay: April 2013
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Wong F wrote a review Aug 2015
Hong Kong, China1,665 contribution89 helpful votes
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I have booked three sea view rooms with 3 days 2 night since January. I felt so relaxed when staying there. We can see the wide sea view every day. It is quieter than Laguna Redang Resort where only walk for ten minutes from resort.

There is one queen bed and one signal bed in the room. It is suitable for family. Although it is not grand, it is comfortable especially the mattress and pillows.

It offers the acitivities schedule for clients so everyone doesn't need to think about any arrangement on the island. The Staffs are all nice. We can go out for diving tour three times. The most beautiful site is Redang Marine Park. I think it is more beautiful than Marble Island in Sabah. It makes us unforgettable because we can see the turtles and big fish. The beach is good and water is green here.

In fact, The meal is not big and tasty. The resort is far away and the wifi is not good (need to pay). I still felt satisfied. The most important thing is not experience for holiday here. I recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Room Tip: Booking the sea view room is the first choice due to not too expensive. Early make the booking.
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Micha L wrote a review Oct 2012
Hamburg, Germany6 contributions7 helpful votes
We stayed for 3 nights at the Redang Kalong. The rooms are basic and clean, the buffett food (Malay, Chinese and some Western) was plenty and tasty. Two snorkelling trips a day were included in our package and we enjoyed all of them. They took us to different places on each of our trips and all of them had corals, colorful fish, and the clearest water. All of the staff always have smiles on their faces and are helpful at any times.
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Date of stay: September 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lil_Missy01 wrote a review Jul 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia55 contributions20 helpful votes
Redang Kalong is a great place to stay, especially for divers, small families, and couples. It's very private (the only resort on that stretch), quiet, and peaceful. Stayed with a large group of friends for 4 days and 3 nights. Took the seaview room.

There's a walk path that leads you to the other side of the island - a more luxurious, crowded side of the island with bars.

The staff were helpful. Dive instructors were very experienced, though they could've been more friendly and helpful.

The rooms are basic, clean, and comfortable. Bathrooms are old, but clean. Small veranda just outside the room with 2 plastic chairs. Be warned: the walls are super thin! Also, you can hear people walking on the floorboards.

There's a strict schedule for meals (breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner), diving, and snorkelling. Highly recommended to be punctual for meal times - if you're late, you'd be left with the less tasty food or nothing at all. Free flow of coffee, tea, water, and juice throughout the day. There's also ample bread provided between meal times, with butter, jam, and peanut butter.

Snorkelling at the Marine Park is a MUST! Plenty of corals and fishes to see for divers and non-divers alike. Ask the staff about the timing.

Loads of bugs and mosquitoes about especially from 5:30 PM onwards. Bring insect repellant and bug spray!

Best to bring your own snacks and alcoholic beverages. Limited options and supply at the resort.

If you're bored at night and want something to do, there's a small karaoke room and not-so-well-kept table tennis table. Ask the staff about the room and table if you want to use them.

Transport from the jetty to the resort arranged by the resort.

Overall a decent, clean, quiet, and safe place for a few days. Great for divers!! Excellent view of the beach!

*Note: I also reviewed KT Chinatown Lodge in Kuala Terengganu.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Room Tip: Seaview rooms for excellent view of the beach. Further away from the dive centre for less noise.
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RadhaD82 wrote a review Apr 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia51 contributions8 helpful votes
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RedangKalong is a great place to stay, I would recommend small families or couples who would like peace and quiet to stay there. We checked in for 5 days and 4 nights and it was truly amazing.

The beach is very private as there are no other resorts on the same beach, making it quiet and not crowded like the other beaches.
There is a walk path that can be used to connect to another beach, if you are looking to socialize and want a crowded area.

The staff are friendly and helpful. Food was average but quite good, no complains.

The rooms are simple but comfortable and clean. There is a nice veranda outside the room. Which is convenient for drying clothes / swimwears.

2 of us went and split between diving and snorkeling. Unfortunately the snorkeling sights were all not that great, which is not the fault of the tour group, more towards the conservation of the Marine Park as some of the corals are dying.

But the diving sights were excellent and the variety of marine life sighted were really great. Anyone wanting to head to Redang island for diving should stay here.

I would recommend staying in the beach front rooms as it is just facing the beach within 50 meters to the sea.

During the mornings, the resort also feed baby sharks and we were lucky to be able to see some of them.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Room Tip: Rooms facing the beach are the best and excellent view for sunset and sunrise.
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KGGardner wrote a review Jul 2014
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom118 contributions87 helpful votes
The friendly staff and dive instructors make this place. There's a charm in the simple rooms, basic, and comfortable and clean. The grounds are in great shape. The food was not bad, and very good on a few occasions. Only once was it just passable. It's the diving we came for and we were very happy with Diver's Den, their equipment, instruction, dive boat, site selections and overviews. Everyone we met was friendly. The atmosphere is a good vibe. Special thanks to Andrew who made sure we were happy divers with videos of our dives to take home. Note that the ferry boat ride to the island can be a bit of a bronco ride on a choppy day, so leave the high heeled sandals at home.
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Room Tip: We enjoyed having the ocean view room, as suggested by other Trip Advisors.
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anire17 asked a question Apr 2015
Shanghai78 contributions15 helpful votes
how can I book this hotel? does anyone know their website or email address? Thank you
Lil_Missy01 wrote a tip Jul 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia55 contributions20 helpful votes
"Seaview rooms for excellent view of the beach. Further away from the dive centre for less noise."
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RadhaD82 wrote a tip Apr 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia51 contributions8 helpful votes
"Rooms facing the beach are the best and excellent view for sunset and sunrise."
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Wong F wrote a tip Aug 2015
Hong Kong, China1,665 contribution89 helpful votes
"Booking the sea view room is the first choice due to not too expensive. Early make the booking."
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KGGardner wrote a tip Jul 2014
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom118 contributions87 helpful votes
"We enjoyed having the ocean view room, as suggested by other Trip Advisors."
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Sphingx wrote a tip Feb 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia12 contributions24 helpful votes
"Try your best to get the Seaview Rooms, and plan your holiday on a weekday if possible."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Redangkalong Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Redangkalong Resort?
Nearby attractions include Pasar Payang (0.8 km), Ho Ann Kiong Temple (1.2 km), and Penarik Beach (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Redangkalong Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, airport transportation, and diving.
What food & drink options are available at Redangkalong Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Redangkalong Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Star Anise, Uncle Chua Signature, and Mei Fong Curry Noodles.
Does Redangkalong Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Redangkalong Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.