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Kapas is a small island with a very laid-back atmosphere. Apart from lazing around in the sun, eating, drinking and relaxing with friends and family, there are a few ways to keep busy.

Snorkelling
Shallow, accessible reefs and crystal clear water mean that the water around Kapas Island offers excellent snorkelling. There is plenty to see and the water is calm, making it a pleasant experience for the whole family.

Some people opt to explore the water right in front of the resorts, where there are a few sparse reefs. However the best snorkelling is between Kapas and Gemia Islands on the north western tip of the island. Other good snorkelling spots are at the southern tip of the island and off the island’s eastern shore, which can be reached by a footpath through the jungle.

Snorkelling equipment can be rented from your resort and some resorts can arrange for a boat excursion to the aforementioned snorkelling spots.

The species that you are likely to encounter here include eels, giant clams, cuttlefish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, pufferfish, angelfish, damsels, nudibranchs (colourful sea slugs) and even turtles. There are plenty of hard and soft corals, including sea anemones with tiny clownfish hiding between their tentacles.

The sheer amounts of visitors and careless practices have resulted in damage to the coral and consequently the marine life around the islands. To ensure that you keep yourself safe and do your part to contribute to the conservation of these incredible ecosystems, keep the following in mind:

  • Touching or standing on coral damages or even kills them and re-growth takes years.
  • Control your buoyancy carefully as the water is very shallow in places. Use a life jacket and only use fins if you are completely confident that you will not accidentally touch the coral.
  • Do not litter. Some animals (like turtles) may mistake plastic bags for food and choke to death.
  • Stay within the designated areas so that you do not cross boat paths and get hit
  • Do not touch or disturb any marine life in any way. You may hurt them and some of them may hurt you, like fire coral or sea urchins. Keep your distance from Triggerfish as they may be aggressive, especially when guarding a nest
  • Keep yourself protected from the sun
  • When renting equipment, ask for assistance and tips from your resort to ensure a good fit (especially of your mask)

Scuba Diving
While Kapas Island is known as snorkelling paradise - partly because of the relatively shallow reefs - there are a number of excellent scuba diving spots as well. One of the most popular sites in the vicinity is a World War II shipwreck. Some illegal fishing trawlers have also been sunk here to serve as artificial reefs and there is a good amount of coral on the eastern side of the island.

The species that you are likely to encounter here include eels, giant clams, cuttlefish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, pufferfish, angelfish, damsels, nudibranchs and even turtles. There are plenty of hard and soft corals, including sea anemones with tiny clownfish hiding between their tentacles.

If you enjoy exploring the underwater world, do your part to protect it. The golden rule, apart from never holding your breath, is to take only photographs and leave only bubbles! Below are some guidelines that every responsible diver must follow.

  • Choose a dive operator that respects the environment and actively contributes to conservation efforts in the area.
  • Never touch or step on coral. The slightest touch can harm them and some may hurt you.
  • Prevent accidental contact with the reef or kicking up sediment by keeping a safe distance and practicing good fin and body control.
  • Do not collect any “souvenirs” – living or dead - underwater, but do pick up recent rubbish
  • Do not touch, chase, try to ride or otherwise harass any marine life. Feed and handle marine life only under expert guidance.
  • Ensure that your dive boat does not anchor on the reef and make sure that all rubbish (especially light plastics) is carefully stowed away.

Jungle Trekking
Those that prefer to stay out of the water can enjoy the untouched jungle by crossing the island on one of the footpaths that cut through the greenery. To fully understand the diversity of the fauna and flora on the island, including the traditional uses of some of the indigenous plants, a guided jungle trek is your best bet. You can easily do the trek on your own though. The 45 minute trek from the jetty to Kapas View Point is one of the favourite routes to take: the spectacular view from the top is a well-earned reward for a sweaty walk.

Remember to bring plenty of water and a good insect repellent.

Other activities
The soft white sand on the island is not only a great place to relax and enjoy the view, but makes a perfect beach volleyball field. Enjoy a game with your friends, but remember to keep yourself protected from the sun.

A few resorts rent out sea kayaks so you can explore the secluded bays and some of the deserted beaches on Kapas Island by paddling there yourself.

There are a few beaches on the island that are excellent for swimming, even at low tide, as the coral is further out to sea and there is no danger of stepping on it. The area is also popular for windsurfing and sailing.

The Resorts
Kapas Turtle Valley The Lighthouse Data Puri Island Resort Kapas Island Resort Kapas Coral Beach Kapas Beach Chalets (KBC) Makcik Gemuk Resort Qimi Chalet



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