Kapas Island


Kapas Island (or Pulau Kapas in Malay) is an island in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. It is located about 6 kilometers east of Marang. It has a smaller island, Pulau Gemia, ocated north of it.


Kapas Island measures roughly 1.5 by 2.5 km. Its name, Pulau Kapas (direct translation in Malay means Cotton Island) refers to the island’s white beaches. The island has tropical jungle, clear seawater, white sandy beaches and coral reefs in the surrounding waters. It is promoted as a “diving and snorkeling paradise” by many travel guide, including DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Malaysia & Singapore.


The island is reached by ferry from Marang Jetty. Kapas Island is the location where most of the research on the enigmatic Amphidromus snails is carried out (unlike all other snails, Amphidromus are amphidromine: they usually exist of clockwise and anticlockwise individuals).

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