Pulau Lang Tengah: A peaceful island getaway

The laidback beauty of the island is heightened by its pristine beaches and sense of quiet.

Pulau Lang Tengah is a hidden paradise off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is located between Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian, in fact, Lang Tengah means the eagle in the middle.

The island’s secluded white sandy beaches, rich with marine life are the reason some people call it the Maldives of Malaysia.

The laidback beauty of the island is not only because of the beaches, but also because there are no roads, just a few jungle paths which means no noise and lots of walking, boating or canoeing.

What to do on there

Relax, read, walk, snorkel, play with the kids, canoe, swim, build sandcastles, visit the turtles. No need to say more.

Great snorkelling can be found just off the beach in crystal clear waters, so there is really no need to book a day’s snorkelling trip if you prefer not to.

The kids can snorkel with baby sharks, parrot fish, blue-ringed angelfish and large schools of other colourful fish amid the bright east coast corals. Clown fish can be found living in the sea anemones close to the beach.

However, each resort has a dive centre which offers daily snorkelling and diving trips as well as kayak and canoe rentals.

The beaches

On the island there are three stunningly white sandy beaches with plenty of rich and colourful marine life. Turtle bay is the smaller more secluded of the three beaches, dedicated to turtle conservation, while the two larger beaches are where you will find the resorts.

The kids can snorkel with baby sharks, parrot fish and blue-ringed angelfish.

Conservation

Turtle Bay is the main nesting beach and home of turtle conservation and marine research by Lang Tengah Turtle Watch. This team of international volunteers relies mostly on donations, school visits and selling merchandise to support the project.

If you contact Lang Tengah Turtle Watch in advance, you can book a visit with the kids. There is a tour with information about the project, the turtles and the struggle to preserve them against both natural predators and poachers.

Depending on the time of year that you visit there are opportunities to see nests and, if you are really lucky, hatchlings. These are all closely monitored and protected by Lang Tengah Turtle Watch, with evening patrols and relocation when necessary.

To reach the beach, follow an easy path although there is a bit of a climb with ropes for support.

A short and easy hike is all it takes to reach Pulau Lang Tengah’s beautiful beaches.

Resorts

Pulah Lang Tengah has only three resorts to choose from. All are clean and generally good overall, but none are five star.

1. Sari Pacifica is located on the island’s most beautiful beach and a favourite spot for both kids and adults as there is space to play or snorkel, or to relax in sun loungers under a dried palm leaf canopy.

The rooms are clean, but could do with some renovation. The best picks are the family rooms by the pool or on the beach front.The family rooms have two king-size beds which comfortably fit a family of four.

Breakfast and dinner buffet is available in the restaurant while snack food is available from the beach bar during the day.

2. Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort is the newest and appears popular with large tourist groups. The hotel has a large jetty and well-maintained rooms, however the family rooms are smaller than at Sari Pacifica.

3. D’Coconut Lagoon Resort is closer to Turtle Bay and the quietest of all. It almost feels like your own private beach. Rooms appear quite spacious with a few family rooms available. There is a shallow reef from off the resort’s jetty which is great snorkelling for kids.

The only real downside to the island is that there are really no other restaurants on the islands, so the resorts are the only places for meal options.

Even so, there are fewer tourists than the neighbouring Redang and Perhentian islands so this makes up for it, and makes for a peaceful beach getaway.

How to get to there

Because of the monsoon season March to October is the best time to visit Pulah Lang Tengah. There are ferry sailings three times per day from Merang Jetty, Terengganu which take approximately 45 minutes.

Travel from Kuala Lumpur is an easy four and a half hour drive by car which you can park at a covered parking area at Merang Jetty. Parking costs RM10 per night.

If you prefer to fly, there are domestic flights to Kuala Terengganu. For air passengers, the resorts usually provide a land transport pick-up service from the airport to Merang Jetty.

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