Diving Into Paradise – Redang, Malaysia

By Abi King | Asia

Apr 04

There’s a moment when this seems like the most graceless activity imaginable. Spitting onto someone else’s property and clamping your teeth onto oversized rubber. Then there’s the waddle with the flippers (sorry fins) before a tumble over the edge of the boat into the water…

Into the place where it all makes sense.

Redang Island in Malaysia has some of the best diving spots in the world – apparently. For a laundry list of reasons that I won’t bore you with, I arrived there without a diving certificate.

I didn’t mind in the slightest as soon as I got my head into the water and adjusted to the world of trance-like calm beneath the waves.

With views like this, how could I possibly complain?


Diving into Paradise


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on www.insidethetravellab.com

Ayngelina April 4, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous, I have never gone scuba diving but snorkeling is just fine for me.

    Abi King April 8, 2012

    Ah, try it at least once! The sense of weightlessness and the glimpse of just how much lives beneath the waves is absolutely incredible…

Federico April 4, 2012

What a beautiful place. When there I chose to go to the Perhentians, which are great for snorkeling and diving too (some say even better!), but the beaches (at least in Kecil) where not as nice.

    Abi King April 8, 2012

    We tried to go to the Perhentians, actually, as everyone we met raved about them. Twas not to be – accommodation fully booked up. So we went to Redang…never has a disappointment turned out so sweet!

Camden Luxford April 5, 2012

Amazing photos, and the most spot-on description of the on-boat diver I’ve ever read.

    Abi King April 8, 2012

    Why, thank you! It’s always a relief to learn I’m not the only one who feels that way…

Scuba diving involves too much work. And work is the last thing I want when I am in a place that beautiful.

    Abi King April 8, 2012

    Yesss…Many times, I’ve thought I should sort out my diving paperwork in a pool somewhere in Britain so that I can make the most of my time away…Yet foggy skies, damp wetsuits and classrooms haven’t yet won me over…

Sheila-Yusof-Johnson April 8, 2012

This make me want to go home …. and visit this island.

    Abi King April 8, 2012

    Sorry. Sort of!

dtravelsround April 9, 2012

I have never been diving … and these photos make me want to learn!!

    Abi King April 12, 2012

    This would make a great place to learn. The water is so clear and it is heart-achingly beautiful. On the other hand…Learning to dive means you need to spend quite a while in a classroom and then in a swimming pool. Perhaps do that at home so that when you arrive somewhere as special as this, you’re good to go!

Erica April 9, 2012

My gills are drying out! I need to get into the water ASAP!.

    Abi King April 12, 2012

    Me too. I feel landlocked right now!

Christy @ Technosyncratic April 10, 2012

Beautiful photos! Kali recently got his diving certification in Thailand, but I’m not a strong enough swimmer to pass the swim test (pshaw), so I just stuck to snorkeling. I really didn’t mind, though – I still got to see a ton of incredible fish, and we even saw a shark! Okay, it was a smallish shark, but still pretty much the length of me. :)

    Abi King April 12, 2012

    Well, I haven’t met you but a person-sized shark sounds pretty big to me! Yelp!

Camels & Chocolate April 10, 2012

I’m a diver, and we went to Malaysian Borneo on our honeymoon to dive, but this looks even prettier than the places we visited!

    Abi King April 12, 2012

    Wow. I didn’t get to cross over to Malaysian Borneo to perform a thorough comparison. With luck, I may be able to in October ;)

T.J. & Charlotte September 25, 2012

Amazing photos. Thank you for this. We were just diving up in Ko Phi Phi, brings back memories, loved it.

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