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Pulau Kapas

A haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing.

Pulau Kapas abounds in numerous deserted, white sandy beaches lined with shady palm trees to make a perfect niche to laze on. Relaxation is the foremost occupation here. It offer a refreshing change from everyday haste.
The island is just 4 nautical miles from Marang. It's is an ideal place to break away and chill it out. Pulau Kapas is made up of two islands Pulau Gemia and Pulau Kapas. Pulau Kapas is about easy access, choices and plenty of bargain. Places to stay ranging from camping sites to dormitory to island resorts with en suite facilities. Only thing that never change on this island is the constant number of backpackers arriving and departing each day.
July, August and the local holidays are the best times to go. The island's laid back atmosphere is ideal for relaxation but the more adventurous will find it is also a haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing.
An island famous for its clear waters, sandy white beaches and swaying palms, it is relatively isolated. Home to an infinite variety of hard and soft corals, the waters around the island abound with sea-shells, fish and turtles. 

The island's laid back atmosphere is ideal for relaxation but the more adventurous will find it is also a haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing. 
Kapas has somehow become the refuge of those who refuse or could not join the Perhentian' crowd.
The island is favorite with the local people in the very high season and the public holidays
Kapas Island is famous for squid catching activities whereby tourist flock to the island from the month of April to September every year for this unique activity. Guest will go squid catching at night time by a local fisherman boat, equipped with the squid catching equipment to catch a squid as big as 20 inches long. The squid caught will be up to the guest for own barbeque and to be cook at the resort restaurant at a minimal charge.

Malaysians call this island as Cotton Island referring to its white beaches. People always forget to check the small islands around Malaysia, this hidden treasure is still unknown to many within the country. Though Kapas is a small island, beaches and clear water makes it speechless when you arrive at the island.
Pulau Kapas has total 6 Beaches around, which are connected with the bridges along the line. You can walk from one end to another within 40 minutes on the seashore. It’s not a rich and fashionable place with expensive restaurants. You may not be able to find much electricity and internet connection in this island. Kapas Island is the perfect holiday escape for the people who want a more secluded beach vacation. It's a great alternative to the Perhentian Islands.

A taxi from Kuala Terengganu airport or the bus terminal costs RM 30.00 per cab for the journey to Marang Jetty. Boat transfer service may start as early as 7:00 and costs RM 25.00 per person (two way).
Services such as snorkelling around the island is very much standardised and priced accordingly. The standard price of equipment is RM5 per day for mask & tuba and RM5 per day for fins. 
Tourist are never been over charged on these services. The only item that sometimes may seemed over priced are the food. Be sure that all menu has price listed before ordering. 
Just north of the pier, a couple of small restaurants serves the cheapest basic dishes of the island : Nasi or Mee Goreng. The first one gives good portions and sell big bottle of mineral water. One of the best local eating place on this island is at Zaki's. 

Due to its close proximity to shore, Pulau Kapas is exposed to the occasional visits from unwelcome parties. 
Be sure that any valuables is locked in the room or better still be carried along where ever you go. Local islanders is always helpful and on the watch for these trouble makers. Anyone caught on any unlawful acts will be deal with accordingly. However, they did not guarantee that your belonging will not be stolen. Mosquito can be a serious nuisance at dusk and dawn. Most resorts have mosquito net but for the outdoors, bring enough repellent.

Diving:
There are a few dive shops, which  offer the basic gears and give some instructions. The most beautiful key attraction for miles offshore.
The outer reefs on her seaward side has are good diving spots as well. It's shallow water make it an ideal training ground for the beginning divers.
Thai fishing boats caught on illegal entry in Terengganu waters are also sunk here as artificial reefs.
Besides staying on the island, one may choose to stay at better facilities available in town and may do the diving on day trips.
 
The island is also a host for an annual International event ‘Swimathon Event”, which is held during the month of April every year. The event requires a participant to swim across the ocean from Kapas Island to the mainland which is approximately 6.5 kilometers in distance. This event has been attracting more than 200 participants yearly from all over the world.

Tucked within breezy coconut groves, traditional huts adorn selected stretches of the spotless beach. Leisurely splashing and snorkelling around with a playful but shy variety of fishes are pleasant and undemanding pursuits. Play spot the turtles and pay your silent underwater tribute to the colours of the sea shells besides wind-surfing, kayaking and boating.
Previously a well-guarded secret amongst members of the diving community, Kapas has now become more accessible with the building of the Primula Kapas Island Resort.

Pulau Kapas offers a variety of adventures to the Sun and Sea lovers. The hidden sweats of nature's splendors both on land and below the sea. You could track into the island's interior and amazed at the colourful natural flora and fauna along the way. Explore the most varied marine life among the many coral reefs around the island. Snorkelling and underwater diving is popular along stretches of shallow coral reefs of the island's western shore.


Kapas, a view from Marang

To reach the resorts, a compulsory boat transfer needs to be arranged. The Boat schedules are as follows:
Marang Jetty – Kapas Island: departs at 09:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 01:00 PM, 03:00 PM and 05:00 PM
Kapas Island - Marang Jetty: departs at 09:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 01:30 PM, 03:30 PM and 05.30 PM
The ferry departure scheduled for 01:00 PM (Marang Jetty – Kapas Island) and 01:30 PM (Kapas Island - Marang Jetty) are not available on every Friday.
Due to the monsoon season, ferry services may be cancelled by the Marine Department. Please contact the property for more details.

 

     

 

 

 

 

    Ben van Wijnen

 

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