Malaysia : Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu
How to get to Lang Tengah Island?
Taking airline from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. You may consider on Firefly Airline, Airasia Airline or Malaysia Airline.
Go to Merang Jetty by taxi or van service (Poksu : firstname.lastname@example.org) then take boat to the island. The boat takes about 40 minutes to arrive at Lang Tengah Island. Boat transfer fare around RM100 return.
Drive from your location to Merang Jetty located in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu. Google Map. Then, take boat to the island.
Take bus from your nearest bus station to Kuala Terengganu. (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan : Bus Ticket Online) The bus usually stops in Kuala Terengganu Bus Terminal a.k.a Hentian Bus Majlis Bandaraya Terengganu.
From here, take taxi or van service to Merang Jetty. Taxi fare usually RM60 for a car, while van charged RM20 per pax for one way. It is about 30-40 minutes driving distance to the jetty from bus terminal. Then, take boat to the island.
Where to experience the other side in Lang Tengah?
There are 4 resorts located in the island including one which had closed down.
- D’Coconut Resort
- Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa
- Summer Bay Resort (formerly Redang Lang Resort)
- Lang Sari Resort (Closed down)
Yet, I choose to stay and volunteering with Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW) to get a different experience.
What is LTTW?
LTTW is a sea turtle conservation project in Lang Tengah Island. The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia was a prolific breeding-ground for four species of turtle in 15 years ago ,but now only two remain – Hawksbill Turtle & Green Turtle. One of the factor that contributing to this decimation is human exploitation.
To ensure the migratory population of turtles are able to continue using the island as a breeding ground for generations to come, they need guardians to stop the poaching activity on Lang Tengah. You would able to watch a turtle laying eggs or hatchlings scampering down to the water’s edge are your rewards – sights rarely seen by most, and a real privilege to witness.
Learn more : Lang Tengah Turtle Watch
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit to the island is from April to September.
Monsoon seasons starts from October to March frequently makes the seas rough and boat hardly to reach to the island. All the resorts are closed due to the monsoon.
Cost of Staying
A Malaysian Volunteers is charged for RM 560 for one week stay (minimum period of staying) while an international volunteers is $240 USD / £160 GBP. This cover the food, accommodation, project training as well as leisure activities.
What do you do as a Volunteer with LTTW?
Fun & Easyyyyyyy.
- Morning Turtle Nest Inspections
- Night Patrols along the beaches in search of nesting mothers. (based on shift roster)
- Weekly Camp Cleaning
- Using the limited ingredient to cook different dishes!
- Miscellaneous Activities : Getting water from the well for cooking and drinking, washing dishes, repairing camp facilities and etc.
What to eat?
Be prepare to eat like a vegetarian during the stay in Lang Tengah with LTTW. Time to show your cooking talent! Use ingredients that available to make dishes.
There is no refrigerator at the campsite, so, cook as much as you can finish. Don’t waste!
There is always free time after breakfast & lunch. Below are the activities that you can do :
- Catching sunrise @ Batu Kuching
- Catching sunset @ Summer Bay Beach
- Kayaking @ Sari Pacifica Resort Beach
- Cliff Jumping @ Batu Kuching
- Jungle Trekking @ Karong Nibong
- Snorkeling @ Batu Kuching, Batu Bulan & Summer Bay Beach
Luckiest time at all
Being able to see the mother sea turtle comes up to the beach have nesting & baby turtles hatching from nest.
The mother turtle is nesting at the pathway to Batu Kuching. Thus, we are request to relocate the turtle eggs.