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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.

Kapas is a designated marine park; its white-sand beaches are some of the cleanest in Malaysia, and the aquamarine waters are ideal for sea kayaking and snorkelling.

Get in

From KL to Marang Jetty by car about 4 hrs 30 minutes.

Ferry Operator: MGH Boat Servive : RM 30 return ferry Suria Link service : RM 40 return speedboat. -schedule-

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.

Get around

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.


The northernmost cove is good for turtle-spotting and turtles and reef sharks have also been spotted at the south side of the island at Turtle Valley resort. Besides snorkelling, Kapas has a few good diving sites; set on the main beach, Aqua Sport (T019 983 5879, charge RM110 for a regular dive and RM150 for a night dive. A couple of jungle trails cross the island – one from behind Kapas Island resort and the other branching off from the trail leading over the promontory to Turtle Valley resort; this one is more demanding and there’s a certain amount of hauling yourself up using ropes; both trails end up pretty much at the same spot on the east side of the island.


Respect the nature. Leave no trash. Pick some along your stroll. The corals must be left untouched.

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.

Avoid snorkelling during low tide to avoid walking on coral reefs at ankle-deep water and potential punctures from sea urchin.


You can buy handmade jewelery made from old porcelain that has been salvaged from shipwrecks in the area at KBC. A local girl well known for her intricate handcrafted jewelries made of cotton, waxed and non, lives by the beach. She held workshop to learn macramé available upon request, with a small tiny fee.


Accommodation is arranged along four coves along the west side of the island; all accommodation options have their own restaurant.


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.


A thirty-minute ride by speedboat from Marang takes you to the lovely island of PULAU KAPAS, less than 2km in length, where all accommodation options are clustered along the sandy coves along its western side.

Makcik Gemuk Beach Resort, Pulau kapas, 22300. Tel: (+6)09-624 5120; Telefax: (+6)09-618 2250

  • LonGsha Campsite, (Pulau Kapas), 019-9662968. tents can be rented, shared kitchen available RM15 per person.

Get out

Marang has a good little outdoor market near the ferry landing. The last boat leaves Kapas at 5 p.m.Create category

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