Kapas Island (Malay: Pulau Kapas) is an island off Marang in Terengganu, Malaysia. Pulau Kapas means Cotton Island, a name given to it by locals, due to its soft white beaches. Surrounded by crystal clear water, Pulau Kapas is a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Though this island remains to be relatively unheard of in the tourist circuit, it is well worth an extended visit if you need time to get away from the chaos that can come with being a backpacker or staying too long on the mainland. Ideal for couples but also great for anyone looking to meet people in a close-knit environment.
Ferries to Kapas leave from Marang, which is about 45 minutes by car from Kuala Terengganu. You can ask for price quotes from local dealers (there are some agents for Pulau Kapas resort in Kuala Terengganu) or simply go to Marang and talk to the ferrymen. Groups may be able to get discounts off the individual rates for resort accommodations on the island.
Everything is accessible by foot. It takes about fifteen minutes to cover all the ground on the island, with the exception of the jungle trek.
Go scuba diving and see marine life on the seabed.
There is one diving company offering Open Water and Advanced certifications as well as fun dives around Kapas. For snorkeling, you can hire a boat to take you to different locations, but most of the best spots can be found within 100m of most of the beaches. Kapas is notorious for its relaxing atmosphere and beautiful beaches, so bring a good book and don't expect much partying or loud music.
You can buy handmade jewelery made from old porcelain that has been salvaged from shipwrecks in the area at KBC.
There are several places to eat on the main island serving decently priced and all around tasty Malay and Western food.
Bring your own alcohol if you plan to drink here. The only alcoholic drinks available are at KBC, but you can spend half your daily budget in one night if you're not careful. Liquor can be bought in China Town in Kuala Terrennganu.
Makcik Gemuk Beach Resort, Pulau kapas, 22300. Tel: (+6)09-624 5120; Telefax: (+6)09-618 2250
Marang has a good little outdoor market near the ferry landing. The last boat leaves Kapas at 5 p.m.