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TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Lang Tengah Island
 
 

LANG TENGAH ISLAND

(Staging Point : Merang Jetty)

Scuba Diving at Pulau Lang Tengah Island - Terengganu

 

On the 45-minute boat journey from Merang, Terengganu, it was evident which of the many islands on the horizon belonged to Pulau Lang Tengah (?Pulau? is the Malay word for island). It was the only one circled by a lone eagle, or lang, in flight. The island?s geographical location, sandwiched between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang, explains the other part of its name. Like the middle child in a family, Pulau Lang Tengah does suffer somewhat from the middle child syndrome. It is often overlooked in favour of Pulau Redang?s famous marine park and Pulau Perhentian?s Long Beach ? both having earned a following among tourists and backpackers from foreign countries. When it comes to Pulau Lang Tengah, even the locals could only offer a blank stare as to its location.

 

Pulau Lang Tengah or Lang Tengah Island In Terengganu

 

Well, perhaps, this neglect is not such a bad thing because in the end, it puts Pulau Lang Tengah where it should be - left for the quiet enjoyment of those who would truly appreciate the peaceful nature of this secluded gem in the South China Sea. Because unlike its siblings, Pulau Lang Tengah is best enjoyed unhurriedly, like that slow sip of fine champagne or the melting of a truly fine piece of chocolate on the tongue. Without the crowd and screaming children, you get the sense that the island is all yours. There is no one around to block the sun while you sunbathe, no one to elbow at the buffet counter, no one to fight with over the last deck chair. With only four resort operators spaced out on separate beaches on the island, there really is space for you to breathe and relax, whether on land or in the water. Of course, when in the water, you might have to jostle about with the schools of fish, but again, that?s not a bad thing. Not when you have colourful parrot fish, silver needle fish, and sergeant fish coming up close to inspect their new swimming partner.

 

With just a mask, fins and, for safety, a life jacket, one can already enjoy what Pulau Lang Tengah serves up best ? abundant marine life in its beautiful blue waters. Most resort operators here offer full-board 3 days-2 nights package deals that already include two snorkeling trips round the island. Snorkeling off the beach easily offers encounters with colourful fish and corals. With a boat, snorkelers can explore the underwater world at other parts around the island like Batu Bulan, Karang Nibong and Blue Coral where the best snorkeling sites are.

 

Although some protest it, feeding the fish with bread is sometimes practiced here by the boat operators to attract fish and draw out squeals of delight from snorkelers. Fry fish, silvery pompano, red breasted maori wrasse, snapper and masked rabbitfish are among the common underwater denizens. The various types of coral here include table, boulder, brain, cabbage and staghorn corals. While some are still in pristine condition, other parts of the island reveal many dead corals ? a kind of coral graveyard, which is a sad sight to see.

Resort at Pulau Lang Tengah Island - Terengganu

 
 

There have been sightings of black tip sharks around the rocky outcrops in the sea by snorkelers. Harmless, the guys at the dive shop say. Still, a close encounter with this shark may stir memories of another dorsal fin that struck fear in many. Besides spotting a shark or two, the other highlight would be to see turtles coming up to lay eggs on the beach at Turtle Bay. It happens, but is a rare occasion. For an even closer look at the underwater world, there is diving to be done. Most of the resorts on the island have their own dive shop with PADI-certified dive guides.

 

The ten or so dive sites around the island are colourful feasts for the eyes. Since Pulau Lang Tengah is pretty small and is mostly covered under dense jungle, trekking into the interiors reveals a different type of adventurous experience. Trekking over steep slopes, navigating in thick jungle and scrambling over rocky boulders, one can easily find a nice spot from which to view the sunrise, with waves crashing on the cliffs and rock boulders below.

 

A pre-dawn trek to Batu Kucing in the south, promises of a breathtaking sunrise makes the equally breathtaking trek worthy. So yes, despite being the hidden gem that it is, Pulau Lang Tengah has plenty to keep its guests occupied. But then, who cares about all that when you?ve come to escape from it all.

Jungle Trekking at Pulau Lang Tengah Island - Terengganu

 
 
Batu Kuching
 

This site got its name from a squarish boulder perched on top of other boulders that resembles a cat. The boulder terrain plunges down to about 20 meters where sea whips are dominant. Barrel sponges and hard corals form the seascape. Good place to see glass sweepers, wrasses, butterfly fish and snappers.

 
 
 
Terumbu Kuning - Yellow Reef
 

Located close to the two resorts, Terumbu Kuning is a rocky outcrop sloping to the sea bottom at about 20 meters. Hard corals dominate the reef providing refuge for shy groupers, barramundi cods and nurse sharks. While batfish, jacks and fusiliers swim about in the blue water.

 
 
 
Tanjung Nibung
 

Laut Angular-shaped rock bottoms out at about 25 meters at the sandy seabed. Located at the tip of the island, this site is usually swept by currents that attract pelagic fish life such as barracudas, jacks and if you are lucky, the hale shark.  At the coral garden, butterfly fish, wrasses, rabbit fish and turtles can be observed.

 
 
 
GETTING THERE
 

Pulau Lang Tengah is located off the coast of Terengganu, a state on the east coast of Malaysia. There are flights available to the state?s capital city, Kuala Terengganu, and from there, hire a taxi to Merang jetty (not Marang jetty), about an hour?s drive away.

 

Coach buses from Hentian Putra also ply the Kuala Lumpur ? Kuala Terengganu route. The boat ride from Merang Jetty to Pulau Lang Tengah takes about less than an hour. At press time, boats depart the Merang Jetty at around 10 or 11 am but it?s best to check with your travel agent or the resort you are staying at.

 

If you are driving to Merang Jetty, there are parking lots where you can leave your car at the jetty.

 

The best time to go to Pulau Lang Tengah is between March and October.

 
 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Lang Tengah Island
TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA