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Islands of Terengganu ~ Gemia Island

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The Island Snorkelling Stay Getting There

Pulau Gemia or Gem Island is a privately owned island, about 800 metres north off Kapas Island. Gem Island had white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful corals and fascinating marine life.




Snorkelling
Snorkelling can be done even without taking the boat out. There are many things to see near the shore corals of different shapes, colours and sizes, sea urchins, swordfishes, butterfly fishes, parrot fishes, bumphead fishes, crabs, clams and lots of sea cucumbers.


The black tip sharks come close to shore near the rocky end of the beach to feed on small fishes. Every now and then you can see the fishes jumping out of the water as the sharks descend upon them. You can also hire a boat to take you further out for snorkelling, or even scuba diving'


If you have no patience for pottering around, visit the baby greenback turtles by the jetty. One of the beaches on Gem Island is used as a turtle hatchery. On the island the green turtle is the most common. But the Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtle are regular visitors. After laying, the eggs are collected and transferred by Gem Island staff to an enclosure on the beach. This protects them from marauding predators such as monitor lizards, crabs and seabirds.


Stay-in Gemia Island
One such place is Pulau Gemia, a 15- minute boat ride from the Marang jetty in Terengganu. The one kilometre-long private island houses only one resort
  Gem Island Resort.


The resort has 52 rooms, including two villas. The villas offer more privacy, as they are situated at one end of the resort. However, the chalets are a better stay as they are built on stilts over the water. Fish can be seen swimming below when the tide is high. During low tide monitor lizards can be seen looking for its dinner. All rooms has a magnificent view facing the sea and Pulau Kapas, which is less than 1km away.


Getting There
There are regular boat services to Pulau Gemia from the jetty in Marang. It takes about 15 minutes by speedboat. Overnight parking facilities for cars are also available in Marang.


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Diving in Kapas & Gemia
Includes the islands of Kapas and Gemia, the key attraction is the World War II shipwreck land a 60-year-old Japanese landing craft wreck sits upright. Frequent encounters with whale sharks at this site.


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