Unforgettable Pulau Redang Solo Day Trip! [Itinerary, Muslim-Friendly & More!]
In need of some island getaway but can’t get your friends and family on board every time?
Not to worry! Then a Pulau Redang Solo Day Trip?
You’re in the right place!
As an MST-tested destination, Redang Island (Pulau Redang in the Malay language) undeniably has one of the best marine and island life there.
What’s even better is that Redang Island is definitely doable as a day trip activity from Kuala Terengganu!
Plus, are you concerned about getting stares when snorkeling in a Burkini? There’s no such thing as that in Malaysia, as you’ll meet so many people wearing burkini here!
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About Redang Island, Terengganu, Malaysia
Redang Island is a part of Pulau Redang Marine Park.
What this means is this island is a protected site in the country.
Terengganu, in general, is known for its beautiful islands surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.
While there are a couple of famous islands located off the coast of Terengganu, among the best and most sought-after for island lovers are Redang and Perhentian Islands.
Pulau Redang vs. Redang Island, what’s the difference?
You’ll see these terms popping up on the search if you’re researching on the island. But what’s the difference?
Technically, they mean the same thing.
Just Pulau Redang is what it is called in Malay, and Redang Island, in English.
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Redang Island Solo Day Trip Itinerary [Based on Personal Experience]
Suppose you would like to make a solo day trip to Redang Island and don’t want to stay overnight on the island.
That is totally possible.
Want to know what a Redang Island Solo Trip is like, based on Muslimah Solo Traveler Farihah’s experience?
Read this Pulau Redang Itinerary so you can get a rough overview of how your trip would look like and prepare for your upcoming Solo Redang Day Trip.
7:30 am – Leave Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Merang Jetty
If you live in Kuala Terengganu, as most hotels are situated there, it is best to leave by this time.
You can either leave with a Grab rideshare, a car rental, your vehicle, or a bus from KT Terminal. That’s up to your comfort, means, and time.
MST Tip: While waiting for your boat to embark, breakfast by the roadside. Nasi Hujan Panas is a great way to fill your tummy for an adventurous day ahead!
9:00 am – Embark to Redang Island Marine Park from Kuala Merang Jetty.
Your Solo Day trip to Redang island begins with a ride from Merang Jetty to Pulau Redang Marine Park.
There are plenty of packages here, so you can choose which boat tour operator to go with.
And depending on who is your boat guide, this ride can be as thrilling as a rollercoaster, but on the shores of Terengganu!
MST Tip: Sit right at the back if you are prone to motion sickness. Regardless, do consume some anti-motion sickness pills before you embark on this ride.
But if you want the most thrilling experience, a seat right at the front would be exhilarating, as that’s where I was!
10:00 am – Snorkelling + Swimming with the Turtles of Teluk Dalam
Depending on the weather, your Redang Island Activities are most likely to be with a snorkeling session with the island’s inhabitants — the turtles!
They’re usually found swimming happily at Teluk Dalam, where the water’s clear and blue.
Plus, snorkeling early in the morning is the best as the sun’s not too hot out!
MST Tip: For the best Redang island Solo Trip, ensure you’ve tightened your goggles so that water does not seep into your eyes.
12:00 am – Halal Lunch & Relax at Long Beach, + (Options for kayaking ride)
By midday, you’re most likely to be exhausted after the swimming, laughter, and excitement of snorkeling with the turtles of Redang Island.
This time, you’ll take a quick break in your Redang Solo trip with a chill session by the thatched roof hut along the sandy shores of Long Beach. You can order a coconut drink and explore more of the Bay with a kayaking session (price varies per vendor and according to the hour)
MST Tip: Choose a day trip package with Halal lunch, so you’ll know you’re covered because you’ll surely be hungry by then!
2:00 pm – Snorkeling at Pasir Akar & Pulau Lima
Once you’ve fueled yourself up for the second phase of your Redang Solo Day Trip, it’s time to continue snorkeling at different bays and secluded areas in the Marine Park.
After lunch, it is time to head to Pasir Akar. This is a beautiful spot that is located right next to a secluded island.
Did you know? Pasir Akar means Root Sand in literal translation from Malay. This indicates that the place has beautiful mangrove roots branching out amidst the sandy beach.
Because the place is so remote and protected, you can see species like Nemo or even baby sharks here!
And then it’s time to continue snorkeling at Pulau Lima.
*Depending on your tour guide and the weather, the tour guide may bring you to different bays.
3:45 pm – Stopover at Malaysian Maldives Before Heading Back to Merang Jetty via Speedboat
Before you head back to the Jetty on your Redang 1 day Solo Trip, you’ll stop over at Malaysian Maldives (known as Busung Pasir in the Malay language) for a photo session.
What’s unique about this is that it is a raised sandy bank platform similar to the ones in the Maldives — it makes you look like you’re actually in the Maldives!
This is just a place for you to walk and take some photos. That’s it.
You’ll also notice how the tides will rise and fall according to the time you visit here. So make sure you don’t leave your slippers or belongings at the edge of the sandbank, as water will ultimately rise near the surface, which may wash away whatever is out there!
Then, it’s time to head back to the Jetty via speedboat.
4:30 pm – Shower, Ride back to Kuala Terengganu.
Here, there are options for you to take a quick shower before you head back to Kuala Terengganu.
However, make sure you’re aware of the time and schedule, especially if you’re taking the bus back to the city!
MST Tip: Stay at nearby homestays along Merang Jetty if you want to take your time back to Kuala Terengganu.
How Safe is it for Muslimah to Go Solo to Redang on a Day Trip?
As everything is conducted during the day, and you’ll be going solo but joining a tour, rest assured there’s nothing to worry about.
Plus, you’re bound to meet so many Muslim women on board as the country & Malaysia’s Terengganu state is a Muslim-majority destination.
Hence, wearing a burkini is also totally normal!
Also, the lunch provided on board is guaranteed Halal, so you’re left with only the best experience!
Redang Island Solo Trip Packages
If you want an easy breezy, confirmed Redang Solo Day trip, book your seat first online.
So that by the time you arrive at Merang Jetty, you’ll know you have a confirmed seat waiting for you.
Otherwise, you can also purchase directly from the counters at Merang Jetty but be sure to come early!
Beyond a Solo Day Trip: Stay at Redang Island Resorts
If you want to take your Redang Island excursion more than a day trip, that is possible as well!
You can extend your trip to Redang 2D1N or 3D2N to experience the island entirely.
Stay overnight at any of these beach resort hotels at Redang for the best exclusive experience.
Most come with their own snorkeling or diving packages, so check with your stay’s receptionist for the latest and best offers.
Some of these resorts, like Taaras come with direct flight options from Subang Airport, Selangor. This ease your transport worries!
Extensions to Kuala Terengganu
Beyond a Solo Day Trip to Redang, I suggest you explore the rest of Kuala Terengganu as the city packs a punch in Halal local gastronomy, local culture, Muslim-friendly attractions, and so much more!
Getting to Redang Island, Malaysia
The only way to get to Redang Island on a Solo Day Trip is via speedboat from Merang Jetty.
Now, how to get to Merang Jetty from Kuala Terengganu, there are four options basically:
Your own vehicle, or rental.
From Hentian Bus Majlis Bandaraya Kuala Terengganu via Mara Liner. The journey takes about 30 minutes approximately.
By Taxi / Ride Share
These are also possible whether it is taxi or Grab ride share.
However, they might be costly, and getting them early in the morning can be a challenge unless you’ve pre-arranged your transportation.
FAQs on Redang Island Solo Day Trip
Some things to consider when going to Redang Island are…
Some island packages may exclude the cost of:
- Life Jacket Rental
- Marine Park tickets (RM5 for Malaysians & RM30 for foreigners)
- Ferry transfer
- Tourism Tax for non-Malaysians
MST Tip: Check with your tour operators personally on what is and is not included.
The best time to visit is between March and October when Pulau Redang weather is pleasant and is expected to be sunny without any drizzle.
AVOID going to Redang during the Monsoon Season (November through February).
Pulau Redang Map
Pulau Redang Solo Day Trip
There you go! All you need to know about going on a Solo Day Trip to Pulau Redang!
Once you’re done with your Redang Solo Day Trip, do share your experiences in the #MuslimahSoloTravelers Community Group!