Since all expatriates stayed in Malaysia this year and went on vacation here, there were quite a few people who traveled to Redang. From them, we heard the most beautiful stories about snorkeling, and what they saw. Gradually we became curious and decided to just buy two snorkel sets at the Decathlon (so you have that store here too, very busy!) in case we were in a crazy mood. And in that crazy mood, we came!
Every hotel on the island offers a tour for snorkeling. These tours vary from once for two hours searching for fish (this sounded good to us) to fanatic snorkeling every day. Diving is also possible here, and many people come to the island to get their PADI. I don’t get that it would be fun to walk into the sea with your flashlight in the evening(!) when it is dark. Night diving also seems to be quite popular, but we kept it at a boat trip to the ‘turtle point’. It does not mean that you will also see turtles. It can just mean that a certain bay is named after it and that you won’t see any turtles.
Arriving at the second stop, we saw a dark color underneath us. I didn’t feel like going into the water anymore, but according to our guide, you will find here a beautiful coral with thousands of fish. Before she jumped back into the water, she shouted: ‘If you are lucky, you’ll see sharks! Well, I do not call that lucky. We lay in the water for less than ten seconds, or we heard her shout again: ‘Shark, shark, look down! And yes, there came Mrs. Shark swimming by. From the boat, the sea was looking very dark, but once with our goggles on, we saw everything. Indeed thousands of fish in all colors, large and small, the beautiful coral and a few sharks.
After again floating around for half an hour, it was time to return to the hotel. It was perfect for the first time, and we didn’t need much longer. We found it very special to see the turtles from so close by and to see them moving very relaxed. And to my amazement, I secretly enjoyed watching the turtles fishing. Unbelievable how many different species there are and to see how they all swim between the corals. And those sharks… it took me ten years of my life, but I got rid of them without a scratch!