Kapas Island is a haven of relaxing tropical atmosphere and is located in the South China Sea, about 20 minutes’ drive from Marang Jetty, Terengganu with a distance of only 6 kilometers. It is known as Kapas Island because the beach sand is white like a cotton. The white and clean beach here is very impressive to the visitors who come here. In addition, the water is so clear and the view of the seabed is so beautiful that it certainly makes many people fascinated. Kapas Island is also very popular for snorkeling and scuba diving because it has a beautiful coral reef with colorful marine life that certainly attracts many people’s attention. In fact, it is not only attracted local visitors, but foreign visitors are also attracted to vacation here.
The sea on Kapas Island is turquoise and has quite a lot of rocks. From the top view, visitors can also see patches of coral reefs and there are several shipwrecks that are used as fish habitats. Various species of rare fish are found on this island including sea eels, sea urchins, giant clams, squid, sea urchins, puffer fish, angelfish, damsels, nudibranchs, turtles and many more. The accommodation facilities available here are all located on the west side of the island facing the mainland.
Activities In Kapas Island
For those who want to enjoy the beauty of the sunrise, you can cross the Kapas Island forest by climbing a low hill to get to the east coast. You must be fascinated to see the beauty of the sunrise that can rarely be enjoyed anywhere else.
Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities here because of its healthy and beautiful coral reefs and clear sea water. The best snorkeling area is between Kapas Island and Gemia Island (located on the west side of the island). Visitors can also try to explore the southern end of the island. Visitors can rent snorkeling equipment from the resort. In fact, there are resorts that provide snorkeling packages with boats for snorkeling locations that are far from the island area. For those who love scuba diving activities, they will definitely not miss diving on this island because there is a popular diving area which is the area of World War 2 ships that have sunk for centuries.
Besides snorkeling and scuba diving, visitors can also do kayaking activities while enjoying the beauty of the beach and sunset. For those who like more challenging activities, you can also do jungle trekking in the forest area of Kapas Island. Make sure you don’t miss visiting Lion Hill (Bukit Singa – the side of the hill looks like a lion’s head) which is a landmark of this island. However, appropriate clothing is necessary because this hilly area is quite slippery when climbing. Behind Lion Hill there is also a cave that can be a bathing port.
For those who want to go around the island, you can get a boat service for island hopping activities. You will be taken to the shark point area where there are many sharks, visit the bat cave and see the heart-shaped cliff area. The best spot to see the phenomenon of sunrise and sunset is at the Lighthouse.
List of Accomodations
- Kapas Island Resort
- Duta Puri Island Resort
- Kapas Resort And Spa
- Kapas Coral Beach Resort
- MakCik Gemuk Resort Kapas
- Qimy Chalet
- Kapas Turtle Valley
- Kapas Beach Chalet
- Pak Ya Chalet
- Captain Long House
- Harmoni Campsite
How To Get To Kapas Island
Tourists can board a boat or ferry at Marang Jetty. Don’t get the wrong jetty either, because there is another jetty in Terengganu, the Merang Jetty, but only to Redang Island. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Marang Jetty to avoid congestion. The journey to reach Kapas Island is only about 30 minutes. The earliest boat or ferry trip is from 9.00 am.