Snorkeling At Kapas Island


Shallow, accessible reefs and crystal clear water mean that the water around Kapas Island offers excellent snorkeling. 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 snorkeling is between Kapas and Gemia Islands on the north western tip of the island.

Other good snorkeling 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. 

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

The species that you are likely to encounter here include eels, giant clams, cuttlefish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, puffer fish, 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:

Follow These Rules When Snorkeling:


  • 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.
  • Stay within the designated areas so that you do not cross boat paths and get hit.
  • 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)


  • Do not touch or stand on corals as this will damages them or even kills them and re-growth can take years.
  • Do not litter. Some animals (like turtles) may mistake plastic bags for food and choke to death.
  • 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.