Lang Tengah Island
Why visit Lang Tengah Island?
Lang Tengah roughly translates to: "The eagle in the middle", a reference to its location between Rendang and Permetherian Islands, but the island is much quieter, and not as developed as nearby Rendang. Lang Tengah is the perfect destination for people who are looking for a getaway to a tropical island, a romantic holiday, or some remote relaxation. Like many of Malaysia's islands it enjoys beautiful, clear turquoise seas, which add to the tranquil beauty of the island.
Although it is a small island — a speed boat takes only about 10 minutes to circle it — Lang Tengah is peaceful and never crowded, as there are only four resorts.
All of Lang Tengah's beautiful beaches are in the south and west part of the island, facing the mainland and Pulau Perhentian. One of them is called Summer Bay, and the Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort played host to the Hong Kong-Chinese 2011 film, Love You You!
Coral reefs and a wide variety of fish can be viewed by snorkelling or diving, especially during the peak season when the waters are most calm.
With its rainforest fauna and flora, Lang Tengah is a truly majestic island paradise, and the high points of activity on the island are snorkeling and scuba diving to gain unrivalled views of fish on the coral reefs. These activities are monitored by organizations that protect and conserve the coral reefs and the nesting spots of various types of turtles. Between the months of April and October, the island has nesting Green Turtles!
How to get to Lang Tengah Island?
From the mainland, the small fishing village of Tanjung Merang is the best place to catch a boat to Lang Tengah.
A few boat companies run regular routes from Merang to Lang Tengah Island, and they usually do so about four times a day. These companies also provide a connection between Rendang and Lang Tengah, and this trip costs about 65 RM.
Merang is halfway between Kuala Besut and the city of Terengganu, and easily accessible from either, by bus or taxi. Buses also run from Sultan Mahmud airport.
Like the rest of Malaysia's east coast, Lang Tengah is affected by the northeast monsoon from the South China Sea. Between October and March, access to the island and resorts are largely restricted.