|Crystal clear waters of Pulau Gemia|
Located on 800 metres of Pulau Kapas, Gemia Island is another perfect holiday island in Terengganu. Although small in size (only 9 acres in size), Gemia Island is a haven for both tourist and wildlife due to its peaceful, quiet and serene atmosphere here. Sea eagles, reef herons and giant leatherback turtles come to this island to nest every year. The Hawksbill turtle and Olive Ridley turtles are regular visitors to this island too. In fact there is a turtle hatchery on this island where turtle hatchlings are cared for in a safe place and fed with jellyfish and released to the sea once they are mature enough to make it on their own.
Due to its size, there is only one resort on Gemia Island. There is a rocky rock face here which provides an excellent view of the island aswell as an ideal spot for birdwatching. There are excellent diving and snorkelling spots here as Pulau Gemia is sorrounded by beautiful corals and rich marine life. You can also explore the island by kayaking here, go deep sea fishing and try your hand at squid fishing (mencandat sotong) here.
How to Get Here :
There is a daily bus service from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. From here, transfer to Marang by bus or taxi. Gemia Island is about 30 minutes from Marang by boat.
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