It took me 5 long months to plan this trip to Kapas Island in Terengganu, Malaysia. Yes, I may sound dramatic with the lengthy period & all, but initially this trip was part of my “master” plan, also known as “The Ultimate Trip” back to Terengganu, the state by the east coast where I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering, 2 years back. And that’s not the best part.

Kapas Island Resort @ Kapas Island (Pulau Kapas)

July 2009

The best part is….I went for this whole “Ultimate Trip” alone. And I really, really enjoyed the solitude. Long winded stories & deviations aside, back to the topic.

I drove all the way from my home at PJ to Marang in Terengganu, where the jetty to Kapas Island is. Marang is a small town with not many inhabitants living in it.

Most of the people there live by the sea, working as fishermen & travel agents for Kapas Island. Unlike the highly marketed & “latest hype” Redang Island that almost every single KL folk have been to before, Kapas Island is a small island located closest to the mainland.

Believe it or not, there’s an annual swimming event hosted by the local council, involving swimming all the way from the Marang beach to Kapas Island! And this whole process takes around 6 kilometers at most ! Yes, it is THAT near.

The Marang jetty to board to Kapas Island. Now start visualizing the Redang Island jetty at Merang (not to be confused with Marang) & cry.

Check out this jetty at Bali !! Ohhh…I mean, jetty at Kapas Island. Notice the significant difference between both the jetties ? Gosh!

Previously I’ve booked this package at Kapas Island Resort during the ever so popular MATTA Fair. Well, looking at the name of the resort, I’m sure most people will get cheated & say “Hey, that’s a resort which has the same name as the island ! I’m sure it’s going to be really good & nice !”

Think again.

Well, let’s just let the following pictures tell you the story & I’ll just leave the rating of this resort in your own hands. Like what people always say, a picture paints a thousand words.

The signboard you’ll stumble upon before entering the “resort lobby”. Ohh, nice signboard….wait till you see the lobby.

The “resort lobby”. From my opinion, it looks more like a staff quarters’ than a decent place to welcome your guests. Bad first impression, really.

The overall site map for the resort. Looks big, ehh ? Wait till you see their “chalets”.

I guess this is the only advantage this resort has. Wireless internet connection, or Wi-fi in short. They have W-I-F-I in a freaking tiny island off the east coast. Awesome!

Ohhh wait, who is this ? As expected….it’s me. Pardon me as I’m camera shy & my face is simply too ugly to be shown to public. My bad.

The beach off the resort. Although I can say the beach here looks quite decent, but I still prefer Perhentian Island’s (another island at Terengganu) beach.

THIS is Perhentian Island’s beach taken by myself 2 years back. Spot the difference & tell me you love this one more.

Oh gosh, the sea water here isn’t so clear after all. And the sand’s dark & rough. Hmm

Mysterious girl…I wish I can get to know her.

If these people just didn’t put the “Dive Centre” signboard there, I will really wonder why in the world are they placing their storeroom just beside the beach?

The bridge that leads to the “chalets”. Don’t really fancy the scene? Let’s move on…

Small swimming pool.

Ahhh, we’re finally at the “chalet”. Huh, what’s Perhentian Island doing over here? LOL.

The view of the double bed in the “chalet”. Yes, I have to admit it really do looks nice & cozy, but the mattress, comforter & towel are all not really clean & it’s kind of sticky too ! Wah seh….lucky I brought my own towel.

Here’s where you put your luggage & stuffs. But wait, what’s those brochures doing over there? That’s not mine…it should be those left by the previous guests. If so…..what in the world are those housekeeping people doing over here ? This should be cleared!

Ohhh, they have a mini fridge & a hot water kettle over here. Just for your information, the mini fridge are faulty & the kettle has some white powder substance in it which is un-washable. Now, tell me, do you want a cup of tea ?

This is the toilet. Looks ordinary, right? Nothing fancy, nothing special. That’s not all. They have no water heater/shower. SAD

What is this dark, gloomy picture? It’s the restaurant of the resort, where you have your meals. Meals are served buffet style over here.

This was my LUNCH for 2 days. Ordinary, plain, worse than what I can get at Kuala Terengganu’s town. Failure.

Maybe it’s just me, or is it that people here do fancy BREAKFAST more than anything else? At least the breakfast looks more hearty & decent. Thank God…

Hey, just now you were saying the food here are lousy & now you’re showing me a decent looking Chicken Chop dish? For your information, the one & only way to get such a decent looking dish is by ordering via ala-carte. Which means you have to PAY separately. Period.

This bed of flowers here are what you see right after exiting the restaurant. This, I have to admit, are really nice.

Ermmm, what happened? Did my camera fell into the sea while snapping some shots? No, this is just a picture taken while snorkeling off the resort. Thanks DeXXy for lending me his trusted water-proof camera!

Nemo….opps, I mean, Clown Fish spotted within the reefs. Notice how heavy are the density of the water as compared to the crystal clear waters of Perhentian & Lang Tengah islands.

DARKNESS invade the sea with ridiculously bright colors’ snorkeling gear. Now bite me.

Some random fish swam to me & whispered that I got cheated into this lousy & below par resort, & I should have opt for Perhentian or Lang Tengah Island instead. Ohh gosh, if only I have met you earlier, Mr Fish.

I guess this is the one & only underwater shot that is clearly lighted & decent. The rest are either too dark, highly dense, or blurred.

What in the world does a milk bottle has to do with surfing & snorkeling gears for rent? Nothing. Spotted on a camp site situated next to the resort.

Ohhh, did I just snorkeled all the way to Sipadan or something ? No, this is still Kapas Island. It’s just the view, that’s all. Notice the strong waves; it has been like that since the day I got into the island.

Fresh coconut water, straight from the coconut’s tree. Got it as a complimentary from a resort worker who so happen to be plucking coconuts like some monkey….I mean, some professional. Thanks, man.

With all the silence & tranquility surrounding the place, I managed to read 1 ½ books out of the 2 books I’ve brought over here. And the feeling is really…..priceless.

Ermmm…what’s this bunch of people doing over here at this secluded island ? Ohhh, they are teachers who came here for some team-building event. And this happened right on my last day of stay. Thanks for ruining the atmosphere, people.

Well, after looking at all the pictures I’ve posted above, do you think I’ll be returning to this place again ? Of course NOT. Once is more than enough, & I really, really discourage anyone from spending your precious vacation over here.

Go with the flow & opt for the over-crowded Redang Island instead of this island, or if you prefer silence & solitude like I do, opt for Lang Tengah. Perhentian stands in between the rating for Redang & Lang Tengah, but this island, especially this resort, is totally out of the race.

Nevertheless, all these are still my personal opinion. If you happen to stay before at Kapas Island & had a wonderful experience at other resorts or maybe even this same resort, please do share with us here. Sharing is caring, remember?

Till then……it’s time for the Dark One to reside within the shadows….again.