Federation of Malaysia
Terengganu Darul Iman
Mak Cik Gemuk Beach Resort +6096245120
Rugged Malay-style sea-view chalet, right on the beach, with a double room for MYR 75.- or US$ 20.- per night.
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Allowing this beautiful tropical island with its steep and densely forested hinterland to take our breath away whilst hanging out under the warm sun at the soft, palm-fringed beaches (Pulau Kapas means Cotton Island, because the sand is as soft as cotton) on the NW side of the 265 million years old island, waiting for the rays to jump, swimming in the crystal-clear aquamarine water, snorkelling in company with a variety of reef fishes over healthy table corals and colourful soft corals at the reef on the N side of the island (opposite little Pulau Gemia) and, shortly before midnight, watching a giant green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) of 1.20 m in length with an estimated weight of 150 kg laying about 120 eggs on the N beach, her nesting beach, and wondering if she was as old as we.
Jungle-trekking through the lush undergrowth of the rainforest to the E side of the island, which every year turns into a wild lee shore during the NE monsoon between November and February, and spotting big butterflies, monitor lizards of all sizes and birds as diverse as kingfishers, sea eagles and herons.
Taking the MGH ferry from Pulau Kapas back to Marang for MYR 15.- or US$ 4.- (one way) and a local bus back to Kuala Terengganu for MYR 2.-, strolling through the colourful central market and the compact Chinatown to the waterfront at the Sungai Terengganu, killing time with a bunch of friendly locals at their long-stretched kampung beach near the airport and flying with Firefly (“Your Community Airline”) in an ATR 72 from Kuala Terengganu’s Sultan Mahmud Airport back to Kuala Lumpur (Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at Subang) for all inclusive MYR 35.- or US$ 10.- (one way) per person.