(Malay: Lang Tengah
) or Pulau Lang Tengah
is an island in Terengganu
, featuring sandy white beaches and clear blue waters with plenty of fish and coral. Lang Tengah - "the Eagle in the Middle" - gets its name from its location between the Perhentian Islands
and Redang Island
View of Lang Tengah from a boat.
Boats are sent from the resorts to pick up tourists at the Merang jetty in Kuala Terengganu. Pickup is usually in the morning until noon.
Lang Tengah has no roads; travel around the island is by boat, kayak or just by snorkeling. The waters surrounding the island are shallow. Large boats are not allowed to dock at the beaches. Tourists must transfer from larger ferries to smaller speedboats to reach the beach.
Lang Tengah is a quiet island, which consists of only three operational hotels, and one derelict one. Activities provided by the hotels include snorkeling and diving. The waters surrounding the island are abundant with coral and small fish. Care should be taken to not disturb the marine life as it is very fragile.
Volunteering: You can volunteer your time with Lang Tengah Turtle Watch , an organisation that focuses on incubating sea turtle eggs to save them from poachers and help boost population numbers.
The team lives in open-air jungle huts just behind the beach on Turtle Bay. Volunteers participate in nighttime patrols around the island in search of nesting mothers, relocation of eggs back to Turtle Bay and then monitoring of the nests in the daytime. Afternoons are free for volunteers to go cliff jumping, jungle trekking, snorkelling or relaxing on the private beach! This small, and usually young, group of people eat sleep and live together - if you're adventurous, energetic and passionate about helping the environment whilst having a real jungle-living experience this is the organisation to join! The site is operational between March and October every year.
Tourists on the island are also invited to come and see nest inspections at the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch Sanctuary, where staff, interns and volunteers will give you a talk on all things turtle. More details about visiting or volunteering with Lang Tengah Turtle Watch can be found on their website:  or their Facebook page.
Diving trips are organised by the various resorts; night diving is also available. Divers can rent scuba equipment from the resorts, which also refill tanks as part of the rental package.
Snorkeling boat trips to Redang Marine Park (45 minutes away) are also offered.
Tourists can only eat at the resorts - there are no other restaurants.
There are several resorts:
- Sari Pacifica Hotel, Resort & Spa - Lang Tengah, ☎ 603-89428888, . An elegant resort located on Lang Tengah Island about half hour’s boat ride from Kuala Terengganu. It is in the midst of the best kept marine park on the east coast of Malaysia with one of the best breathtaking diving and snorkeling sites in Malaysia. The resort is built in local traditional Malaysian “kampung” style architecture. All of our resort villas feature elegantly draped king size beds fit for royalty while some rooms come with double queen beds. Lang Tengah Island, Pasir Besar, Pulau Redang, Terengganu, Malaysia.
Swimsuits are acceptable, but no nudity is allowed.