I stayed for 7 nights in April, transferring from the Perhentians from where I got a ride on a snorkelling boat for 90 MYR. I didn't book in advance, and the Laguna was the only place in Redang that had a room for that period. Most guests stay just 2 or 3 nights. Actually, I saved a bit of money by staying in the standard room as much as possible, even if that meant that I had to change rooms a few times.
The standard rooms are behind the dive shop and very basic, but they do have fans and AC. The deluxe rooms are big and really nice, but much more expensive. I was travelling alone and luckily the resort didn't charge me their quite hefty "single occupancy fee", for which I'm grateful.
The Laguna is a huge place and very well organised and clean. Most guests seemed to be Chinese and Malaysian Chinese, and rather upper class. The beach and sea are fantastic. Very clear waters, lots of fish.
I came for diving, which I did every day. The shop is well-run and well-equipped, has lots of space and nice boats. On many days I was their only diver. The dive staff are very relaxed, yet professional, and very nice to dive with. Just perfect.
One disadvantage is that the dives are set at 40 minutes, instead of 50-60 as is more standard. If you forget about the room rates, the dives are cheap, so that didn't bother me too much. The voucher system is completely ridiculous though. You have to buy 'packages' of 4 or 6 dives at the reception of the resort and transfer these to the dive shop. If, for example, you have made 12 dives at 50 MYR each, number 13 costs 90 MYR. They should really change this system. All in all, the packaged dives are cheap, so that offsets the inconveniences somewhat.
The Redang dive sites are varied and breathtakingly beautiful. Most are not deep, the reefs are extensive and the waters are clear. It was a lot better diving than on the Perhentians. Most guests are snorkellers who go to other sites, so you usually won't see any other divers, also not from the other shops.
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- Also Known As:
- Laguna Redang Island Hotel Pulau Redang
- Hotel Laguna Redang Island