Home sweet home! Kapas Island! A 30 minutes drive to the Jetty from Dungun, a small town where I grow up yet it’s my first time here on the island. LOL. To my surprise that this island still preserve its nature unlike what my friends told me about Redang Island which had been fully commercialized. By the way there are a few islands along the state of Terengganu: Redang, Perhentian, Kapas & Tenggol Island. If you were to ask for my recommendation, it will be Kapas & Tenggol. These are the two islands that currently still preserve its beauty with the clear sparkling blue sea and diverse beautiful corals!
The spot where we bought our boat tickets. It is just in front of the jetty, very obvious and it’s RM35 for 2 ways. There are a few boat companies but the famous and most taken one is known as ‘MGH’. For those who have no idea which jetty is this, it’s called Marang Jetty. For foreigners, there are a few options to get to this destination:
- Rental car from KL all the way to Marang, Terengganu
- Flight to Kuala Terengganu Airport (3/4 hour flight) + cab ride to jetty (1/2 hour)
- Bus ride from TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) get down at Marang (4-5 hours)
The cheapest and best option would be the bus ride but if you have more Ringgit to spare, why not rent a car and explore Terengganu and there is always car parking space provided with only RM7 per day. That’s our boat to the island and it is just a 15 minutes ride with the speed boat and probably extra 5 minutes with the ferry.
Beautiful sunny day! Look at those fishes, clear blue sea and sandy beach! We planed our trip for 2 days 1 night but we didn’t book our accommodation in advance and since it was a long weekend for Malaysian, most of the accommodation are fully booked. Book ahead guys!
Depends on your budget, there are a few resorts or spots for accommodations: Kapas Island resort, Qimi Chalet, Kapas Beach Chalet, camping spot, etc. We found a available room in Qimi Chalet with a price tag of RM170 for 4 of us and to be honest the condition of the room was pretty bad with air conditioner wasn’t working, room was super humid with the window not being able to open. We had no choice but to take it since all the other accommodations were fully booked. Try the camping spot with just RM15 to rent a tent guys! It is definitely worth for a different experience!
Activities time! There are quite some activities that can be done on the island like the common ones: snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, diving, etc. You can either bring your own snorkeling equipment or you can rent them with quite reasonable price of RM15 for the whole day. BTW you also have the choice to charter a small boat for a deeper sea snorkeling but from my opinion there is no need for that. Just swim further a bit from the seashore and you will be able to spot the beautiful coral reef. No jokes guys!
This is the spot where we had all of our meals and it was crowded with foreigners most of the time and I would say it is the most happening spot of the island. Don’t get me wrong, there are actually a lot more other spots to have your meal, it’s just that we love the environment, people, the music of this spot. You can find both the Malaysian food and western food here. It is wallet friendly as well! Not bad!
To the right end corner of the island if you are facing the island, was the stairways up to the other side of the island and track for jungle tracking. Too bad for us as the jungle track was closed for unknown reason while we were there but we managed to get to another side of the island. To our surprise, there was a resort over there known as ‘Kapas Turtle Valley Resort’. Book your accommodation Here.
Pure Beauty isn’t it? I could just spend whole day lazying and wandering along the beach!
If you are looking for a slightly more luxurious spot to hangout, the Gem Island is the spot for you. There is only one resort with the name of Gem Island Resort. It is a private island if I am not mistaken.
That’s all from me! Do drop me any comments if you have any questions!