Terengganu is a well-established tropical gateway, with world-class island destinations, natural ecotourism attractions, urban and coastal tourism offerings and rich arts, culture and heritage.
The Kuala Terengganu City Centre (KTCC) is part of ECERDC’s plan to boost urban and coastal tourism by making the Terengganu State a tourism gateway to the Region. The iconic KTCC Drawbridge is a must visit destination for domestic and international tourists. It is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia and the main tourist attraction in Kuala Terengganu. Inspired by the Tower Bridge in London, the drawbridge spans 638 metres over the mouth of Terengganu River. Visitors can go up the four 15-storey towers to visit the commercial areas located at the skybridges connecting the towers. The KTCC development of approximately 40 acres of land in Muara South and 140 acres of land in Muara North, integrates the existing Kuala Terengganu urban areas by merging them into a vibrant Heritage Waterfront City.
The environmental sustainability of the islands in tourism development is imperative to ensure these destinations are well managed for long-term viability. Therefore, to cater to tourists’ needs as well as to attract investors, ECERDC will continue to develop the necessary infrastructure to attract tourist arrivals while being mindful of the need to preserve and conserve the natural environment and cultural assets. This is to ensure that the beauty of these natural assets can be further promoted to local and global audiences.
Pulau Redang, with its pristine waters lapping on white sandy beaches, is the largest island of a group of 13 protected islands off the Terengganu coast. Nestled within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the island is rich with marine life, offering numerous dive sites for enthusiasts.
Pulau Perhentian is an idyllic island paradise that is made up of two islands, the Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar islands. There are many things one can do here, such as jungle trekking, swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling as well as kayaking. Between June and September, tourists might get lucky to see giant turtles laying eggs along the beach.
One of the lesser-known havens, Pulau Lang Tengah is a peaceful island getaway located between Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian. The island offers white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and wonderful marine biodiversity ideal for snorkelling. With few jungle paths and vibrant natural trails, the island is ideal for tourists looking for a relaxing and tranquil vacation.
Beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters are the main traits of the beautiful Pulau Kapas. The island is surrounded by 6 beaches, connected via bridges. This place is famous for relaxation, sunbathing, diving, kayaking, fishing and snorkelling with beautiful corals surrounding the island. With its natural beauty still intact and the well-maintained lush greenery, Pulau Kapas is one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia.
Pulau Tenggol is the last island in a string of islands sharing the same coastalline with Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang. This rocky island, about 50 hectares in size, spans less than 3 kilometres in length and 2 kilometres at its widest point, is one of the most beautiful and serene islands off the coast of Terengganu, with spectacular rocky cliffs that offer many excellent dive sites. Touted as the ‘Mini Sipadan of the West Malaysia’, diving and snorkelling lovers will find untouched coral formations and a great diversity of submerged rocks with tremendous coral growth.
Terengganu offers ecotourists the opportunity to visit Taman Negeri Setiu Wetlands, which consists of nine interconnected ecosystems, i.e. sea, rivers, sandy beaches, estuaries, islands, mudflats, lagoons, freshwater swamps and mangroves. Covering an area of 23,000 hectares, Setiu Wetlands is the largest natural wetlands in ECER.
Besides exploring the wonders of nature, tourists can also participate in traditional village living guided by the friendly locals and make traditional arts and crafts as well as local delicacies.
Discover Terengganu’s world-class island attractions and the new attractions that make it a must-visit destination for local and foreign tourists: