Palau Kapas - (Kapas Island) near Kuala Terengganu

Palau Kapas

How to I travel to Palau Kapas?

Paula Kapas is located approximately 15 km south of Kuala Terengganu. The best way to reach is to catch a bus or taxi from Kuala Terrangau to Marang Jetty ( not Marang Jetty which is north of KT) also called Jetty Palau Kapas/Jamia. This is a small coastal town with a street market and a couple of diving and snorkelling gear rental stores. The local tour operators can also book a night stay at local resorts. If you are driving, follow highway 3 towards Kuantan and exit near Bandar Marang. The jetty area has a parking space, toilets, cafes and restaurants. A taxi ride cost around 30RM to the Palau Kapas from KT. 

boat charter to kapas island

Charter boat to Kapas Island from Marang Jetty

Once reaching Marang Jetty the beach way to reach Palau Kapas is to charter a private boat which costs around 50RM for a return trip. The pilot will drop you at the Island at a designated location where you can enjoy beach activities and pick you in 3-4 hours from the same location. This is the easiest way to explore this Island for a day trip. The boat trip takes around 20 minutes as the Island is visible from the coastline. 

Palau Kapas Beach

Palau Kapas Beach

What is the best time of the year to visit Palau Kapas?

Avoid travelling to Palau Kapas from November to February, which is the rainy season. August and September is the best time of the year to enjoy this exquisite island location. 

Where do I rent Snorkelling equipment at Palaua Kapas and how much does it cost?

At Marang Jetty there are a couple of tour operators who rent snorkelling and diving gear. If you charter a boat to Kapas Island a the rental cost for renting snorkelling gear is 15RM. You can book a diving tour or a customized tour to Jamia Island and Kapas Island with local tour operators who also offer fishing charter tours in the deep sea. 

Jemia Island

View of Jemia Island from Kapas Island

What are some of the activities to enjoy at Palau Kapas?

Palau Kapas is an ideal beach retreat with nice cafes near the waterfront, some beach chalets and a stairway that takes you to remote parts of the beaches where you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling in pristine waters. The island is not very crowded with tourist and normally you will have your own private spot to explore and enjoy basking in the sun or simply simply enjoy a splash in the shallow waters near the beach. 

Kayak rental at Kapas Island

Kayak rental at Kapas Island

Snorkelling is great fun at Kapas as water is very clear and steady and you can enjoy swimming with multi-coloured fish over coral reefs. The water near the Island is not very deep and offers a safe place to swim. Since there are no lifeguards at the beach, it is suggested to practise caution when swimming in deep water. 

snorkelling gear rental at Kapas Island

Are there cafes and restaurants on the Island?

Kapas Island has a few nice cafes offering light lunch and chilled drinks. A cafe and chalet near the beach are run by a European couple that offers nice snacks, milkshakes and ice cream. The sitting area is quite relaxing and very well managed. The chalets next door to the beach are available for rental online as well as through tour operators at Marang Jetty. 

Cafe on Kapas Island

Cafe on Kapas Island

Beach chalets and cafes on Kapas

Beach Chalets & Cafes on Kapas Island

Where do I stay at Kapas Island?

The waterfront area has a couple of huts, chalets and beach accommodation. Book in advance to get good rates. Jamia Island located close to a Kapas Island has a resort with beach huts built on stilts. The resort is visible from Kapas Island.  Here are some places to stay at Kapas Island


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