White sands and turquoise waters await at Pulau Kapas, off the coast of Marang in Terengganu. A quieter alternative to the Perhentian Islands up north, this island tiny island is a gem that has not been tourist trapped and exploited yet.
Part beach and part jungle, this island provides the typical line of activities- kayaking, snorkelling, trekking, island tours, fishing and squid catching. All are offered by its hotels and resorts or even little food kiosks by the beach. Costing about RM15 - 45, they don't break even the thriftest of banks. You can easily paddle or even swim over to Gemia Island and take a look at the Turtle Conservation Sanctuary.
Its accomodation options are located west of the island, lining the stretch of sand. Ranging from tents, A frame huts, longhouses, stonehouses, dorms and verandahs, each is equipped with the basic necessities and the occassional television. Most offer sea or garden view rooms. Captain's Longhouse provides a bohemian easiness with its pirate-esque theme.
The food scene is nothing spectacular and is homely at best. One of the more popular places for food is Qimi Chalet, where simple tasty local Malaysian food is served. Another option is Warong Pak Ya, small food kiosks which rent out tents for guests as well.
Alcohol can be purchased here, though the variety is slim. Hard liquor is almost never served unless you are a favourite of Kapas Turtle Valley Beach Resort.