Lang Tengah Island
The name ‘Lang Tengah’ means “Middle Eagle” in Malay and derives from the island’s ornithology and location mid-way between the Perhentian Islands and Redang Island. It’s much quieter and less developed than its better-known neighbours, and has no roads. The diving and resorts are better on Redang but, for those in search of peace and natural beauty and not too concerned about creature comforts, Lang Tengah is currently Malaysia’s best destination. Savvy visitors will get an immediately good first impression when they are asked to transfer from the ferry into smaller boats for the transfer to the beach – conservation is taken seriously here and the islands’ treasures, both above and below the waves, are still intact.
The snorkeling in the crystal-clear and shallow waters is mesmerizing and close to the beach. If you are lucky then, in addition to the guaranteed cornucopia of fish and corals, you will also see turtles and black-tip sharks. For a bit of an adventure, create your very own feeding frenzy by bringing a few slices of bread along from your resort, sealed in a plastic bag. When you see some particularly colourful critters, just start feeding them. The resulting feeding frenzy will surround you in a dizzying kaleidoscope of darting fish, but be aware that some of them might just, either accidentally or on purpose, have a nibble on you instead of the bread.
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