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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Kapas Island (Pulau Kapas)


Kapas Island - Location Map
Introduction

Kapas Island abounds in numerous deserted, white sandy beaches lined with shady palm trees to make a perfect niche to laze on. Relaxation is the foremost occupation here. It offer a refreshing change from everyday haste.

The island is just 4 nautical miles from Marang. It's is an ideal place to break away and chill it out. Kapas Island is made up of two islands Gem Island (Pulau Gemia) and Kapas Island. Kapas Island is about easy access, choices and plenty of bargain. Places to stay ranging from camping sites to dormitory to island resorts with en suite facilities. Only thing that never change on this island is the constant number of backpackers arriving and departing each day. July, August and the local holidays are the best times to go.

An island famous for its clear waters, sandy white beaches and swaying palms, it is relatively isolated. Home to an infinite variety of hard and soft corals, the waters around the island abound with seashells, fish and turtles.

The island's laid back atmosphere is ideal for relaxation but the more adventurous will find it is also a haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing. Kapas has somehow become the refuge of those who refuse or could not join the Perhentian' crowd. The island is favorite with the local people in the very high season and the public holidays.



Kapas Island offers a variety of adventures to the Sun and Sea lovers. The hidden sweats of nature's splendors both on land and below the sea. You could track into the island's interior and amazed at the colorful natural flora and fauna along the way. Explore the most varied marine life among the many coral reefs around the island. Snorkeling and underwater diving is popular along stretches of shallow coral reefs of the island's western shore.
Kapas Island - Getting There
Kapas Island is located 5km offshore in the state of Terengganu, east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. From Kuala Terengganu airport, a leisurely 30 minutes drive will take you to Marang jetty and a further 10 minutes boat-ride is all it takes to reach Kapas Island.
BY AIR
International visitors can fly via Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Mahmood Airport, Kuala Terengganu.
Taxi service is easily available from Kuala Terengganu to Marang jetty.
Route: Kuala Lumpur => Kuala Terengganu => Marang From Kuala Terengganu (TGG) Estimated Travel TimeRatesKuala Lumpur (KUL) 45 mins
For enquiries on bookings, please call:
Malaysia Airlines:http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/
24 Hours Call Center:
Contact:1 300 88 3000 (within Malaysia)+603 7846 3000 (outside Malaysia)
Air Asia:http://www.airasia.com/
Call Centres:Daily from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm
Contact:1 300 88 99 33 (within Malaysia)+603 7884 9000 (outside Malaysia) Berjaya Air:http://www.berjaya-air.com/
Contact:603-7847 6828
BY RAIL
There are no train services to Kuala Terengganu.

BY BUS
Route: Kuala Lumpur => Kuala Terengganu Distances: 517km Journey: 8 hours FromToTimetableFarePutra (PWTC) Station
Tel: +603-42568218Kuala Terengganu : Stesyen Bas Ekspres Tanjung.
Tel: +609-62283359:30am10:00am11:00am12:00noon9:30pm10:00pm10:30pm11:00pm12:00mnDailyRM25.00(adult)
RM12.50(child)
Route: Penang => Kuala Terengganu Distances: 505km Journey: 8-9 hours Coaches like SP Bumi and Atieza depart daily at night from KOMTAR or Butterworth stations to Kuala Terengganu.
Route: Johor (Larkin) => Kuala Terengganu Distances: 565km Journey: 10 hours Johor Bahru (Larkin Bus Terminal) Tel: +607-2245182, +607-2220045 FromToTimetableFareLarkin Station /Hentian Kompleks Pengangkutan Awam
Tel: 07-224 5182Kuala Terengganu : Stesyen Bas Ekspres Tanjung.
Tel: +609-622833510:00am9:00pm9:30pm10:00pmDailyRM28.60(adult)
RM14.30(child)
Route: Singapore => Kuala Terengganu Distances: 590km Journey: 11 hours Singapore (Lavender Street/ Kallang Bahru Junction)+65-62947034 /5
You can purchase Transnasional return coach tickets from their ticket office and departure point at Kallang Bahru coach station (tel: +65 62947034) or by phone purchase through their new Coach Booking Centre at Ken Air Transnasional in Suntec City (requires credit card). Only 'economy' class coach tickets are available for their 3 daily services.
Transnasional uses the Causeway, visitors returning to Singapore can choose to get off at Woodlands Immigration Checkpoint (tell the driver that you won't be re-boarding after immigration) or at Kallang Bahru. FromToTimetableFareTransional Ekspress d/a Pan Malaysia Pte. Ltd.Lavander Street, Junction Off Bus Station Kalang Baru, 1233 Singapore.
Tel: +65-62947035Kuala Terengganu : Stesyen Bas Ekspres Tanjung.
Tel: +609-62283359:00am8:00pm9:00pmDailyRM51.90(adult)
RM25.90(child)
SELF DRIVE
From Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Terengganu (approx. 455 km):Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit. Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Kuala Terengganu (Coastal road to Kemaman, Dungun and Kuala Terengganu)(223km)
Highway 2 KL (Gombak Toll) on Karak Highway and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) to Kuantan exit. Highway 3 Kuantan exit to Bukit Besi (20+km) - turn leftHighway 14 Bukit Besi turn off to Dungun/Ajil (114km) - turn leftHighway 14 Dungun/Ajil to Ajil/Kuala Berang (42km) - turn right Highway 14 Ajil to Kuala Terengganu (35km)
From Penang - Kuala Terengganu (approx. 460 km): Head east towards Kota Bharu on the East-West highway 4 via Grik and Jertih, then proceed south on highway 3 to Merang or KT.
Singapore/Johor Bahru to KT (approx. 562 km):Head north on the North-South highway and exit at Yong Peng. Follow highway 1 to Labis and Segamat, highway 12 to Kuantan, then use either highway 14 to KT or coastal highway 3 via Kemaman, Paka and Dungun. The coastal road is more scenic, but may be more congested during daytime peak hours. If you're not in a hurry, you can also use the coastal road all the way. Head towards Mersing & get onto highway 3 all the way to KT.
(Car Park available at Merang Jetty (Redang Island/Lang Tengah Island), Marang Jetty (Kapas Island), Kuala Besut Jetty (Perhentian Island), Gawi Jetty (Kenyir Lake) and Kenyir Dam (Kenyir Houseboat). Approximate RM5.00 per car per night.)
** Remarks: All information given about are correct at the time of publishing and act as a guideline only and subject to change without prior notice.

BY TAXI
Route: Kuala Terengganu Airport => Marang Jetty Journey: Approximately 30 minutes Fare: Approximately RM35.00/person.Please refer to your tour representative.

BY SEA
Merang Jetty <=> Kapas Island Journey: Approximately 10 minutes Rate: Please refer to your tour representative.

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