The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Stunning Gemia Island is one of Malaysia’s secrets, that most have never heard of.
Luckily, we are putting the word on the streets, paradisiacal Gemia is gorgeous and is waiting for you!

Located 800 meters from Kapas Island, it fits perfectly on an island hopping vacation, but can also be the one and only star of your holidays.
Paradisiacal setting awaits lucky travelers that make their way to the small, yet enchanting island.
Great snorkeling, crystal clear water, white sand beach, and exotic scenery will be your sweet reality.

Where To Stay

There’s only one hotel located in Gemia Island, luckily it’s a nice one, you can check everything about it on the link below.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Gem Island Resort & Spa
*A dive center is available at the hotel.
**The hotel is closed for monsoon season, it will open again on March 1st, 2018.

For vegans, some of the hotel staff speaks good English, you can explain your diet preferences.
If staying at the hotel, we recommend talking about it before booking to make sure it suits your needs, as buffet style meals are served(you have the option to order a la carte but it is not included in the package prices).

What To Do

Great barracudas, blacktip reef sharks, magnificent sea anemone, crown-of-thorns starfish, and many other beautiful fishes and coral can be found around the island.
The hotel offers guided snorkeling packages, if you have any experience, you can definitely do it by yourself.

The resort has a dive center where you can book different styles of courses or dives.
Contact the hotel to check latest prices and schedule.

The crystal clear water makes for a beautiful kayaking experience.
Going around the island, or all the way to Kapas is easy and doable even for those without experience(if you are not a skilled swimmer, please, use a life jacket).

⚫Chill On The Beach/ Hammock Time
It is a paradisiacal island, no explanation needed.😜

⚫Turtle Watching
A turtle conservation project takes places at the hotel premises.
There’s a protected space where the eggs laid in the sand are cataloged and safe to hatch.
Also, a small pool(nearby the hotel swimming pool), where the baby turtles stay until they’re ready to be released into the sea.

There are rock formations and a few beaches to be explored around the island, there’s not an actual trek per say, but you can create your own route.

Unfortunately, as it was very near to the hotel closing date for monsoon season, the spa wasn’t working when we visited.
If this is something important to you, make sure to check with the hotel beforehand.
The majority of the time though, you’ll be able to get a massage to further extend your relaxation.

How To Get There

To go directly to Gem Island, there’s a special boat schedule by Surialink company from Marang, taking 15min and costing rm75 for a round trip ticket.
Marang Jetty to Gem Island – departs at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00*, 15:00.
Gem Island to Marang Jetty – departs at 09:30, 11:30, 13:30*, 15:30.
* These 2 schedules are not available on Fridays only.
To see how to arrive in Marang, you can click here, where our post on “How To Get To Kapas” will explain it step-by-step.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Boats to neighbor Kapas cost only rm30 round trip, I would recommend staying at least a night in Kapas as well, if you have time.
In case you don’t want/can’t stay in Kapas, but budget is a matter, still you can come to Kapas Island first and then a smaller boat from Gem hotel can pick you up for free on a 5min ride(make sure to schedule this with the hotel, free for guests only).

If coming from Kapas, but not a guest at Gem Resort, still you can visit the island.
A short boat ride can be arranged with your hotel, or you can rent a kayak and go by yourself.
If kayaking, sea conditions should be noted and it’s advisable to wear a life jacket.

The hotel arranges private boats by request, costing rm160 one-way between 8:00-9:00am and rm198 one-way between 3:00-6:00pm.
The boat fits max 12 passengers.
If renting a private boat is something you would like/need to do, asking around Marang pier is a way to probably find lower rates on a more flexible schedule.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Where To Next

⚫Island hopping:
Going South you can find Redang, Lang Tengah, and Perhentian Islands.
North there’s Tenggol Island.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

⚫Non-beach destinations:
To the north, Kenyir Lake, and nearby waterfalls.
South there’s Kuala Terengganu, the capital city of Terengganu state.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia


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Deserted Beaches, Kayaking, and Saying Hi To The Fishes – Kapas Island, Malaysia

We had the chance to explore Kapas completely, to experience all its beaches, to have the whole perspective on what the island has to offer.
On this series of videos, we are trying our best to share it all with you.
With so little information about it online, is often easier to pick somewhere else to go, where there’s already plenty of tips available.
We would love to help Malaysian beaches to become as easily accessible as other popular destinations, such a beauty has to be experienced by the world.

Exotic food, exotic culture, exotic beaches.
There’s the chance to immerse in something different, to expand your knowledge, and thus your whole world.
So my friends, welcome to Malaysia! Let’s live it!

Addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Qimi Chalet
Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Private beach at the north-west, after Kapas Coral Beach Resort, Pulau Kapas
Phone and WhatsApp: +60 17917 5744

The First Two Deserted Beaches
We went kayaking to a small deserted northern beach, around 2 beaches after Qimi’s bay.
After that, we kept going until the last one on the tip, we recommend stopping on the way at the bays that catch your attention.
A must do, either by walk(limited reach of northern beaches), snorkeling, or kayaking.

Kapas Coral Beach Resort
Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Walk north from the pier, near Ombak Beach Resort, Pulau Kapas

The Last Deserted Beach
Walk south from the pier, one bay after Turtle Valley(you need to climb improvised stairs on the rocks or go kayaking/snorkeling inside the sea)

Address: Western shore, In between Kapas Island Resort and Longsha Campsite, Pulau Kapas

Deserted Beaches, Kayaking and Saying Hi To The Fishes - Kapas Island, Malaysia

KBC – Kapas Beach Chalet
Hotel and Restaurant
Address: In between Aquasport Divers and Ombak Beach Resort, Pulau Kapas
Phone and WhatsApp: +60 19343 5606
*Cheapest private rooms only walk in, other styles can be booked in advance.

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Things To Do In Amazing Phi Phi Islands – Thailand + How To Get There

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Going to the paradise?Make sure you have all the details on hands to enjoy your trip without any unpleasant surprises!
Here all you need to get there and have fun on your dream trip!

Getting to Phi Phi

There’s no straight flight to Phi Phi so you need to get to one of the nearest cities and then reach the island by ferry boat.
The ferry boats are spacious enough with seats for everyone and air-con.It also counts with a deck for those who want to admire the view or sunbathe.
Another option is hiring a private speedboat that takes around 45 min(from Phuket) for a more tailored private trip.

Bangkok To Phuket

One of the best ways is getting to Phuket and then to Phi Phi.The reason this is my favorite route is that Phuket is such nice place to know as well, so if you have time why not to spend some time here before Koh Phi Phi?!
Click here for all information you need to get to Phuket.

Ferry to Phi Phi

From Phuket:
The easiest way to acquire your ferry tickets to PhiPhi is buying it directly from your hotel, they will have a nice price and will arrange the van service (that’s included on the ticket price) to pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the pier.
Bear in mind that the pier is around 1 hour away from central beach area (Patong/Karon,etc.), plane well to don’t miss your boat.
You can also buy it from tour stalls around the city, but be prepared to bargain as the price is usually higher compared to the hotels.
Boats depart from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

From Koh Lanta:
Koh Lanta’s ferry only works during high season (November-April).
Similar to Phuket method, the best 2 options are buying from your hotel or at tour stalls around the city.
The practical and cheapest way in Lanta is buying from your accommodation as well.Don’t forget to arrange the pickup time from your hotel to the pier.
Only 2 boats depart per day one at 8:00 am and other at 13:00 pm.

From Krabi:
Free hotel pickup is also included at the ferry ticket price in Krabi.
Boats run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Island Divisions + Must See Areas

Phi Phi consists in a group of 6 Islands, the largest one is Phi Phi Don where the boats arrive and where most of the hotels are.This is the place you will probably be staying (exception is sleeping aboard a boat in Maya Bay).
Phi Phi Don has no cars, motorbikes or any kind of inland transportation apart from bicycles.As it is a quite small place everywhere is reachable by walk or by boat.
But is big enough to amuse, that’s for sure.😃

The famous Maya Bay is located in Phi Phi Leh(the second biggest island in the group) where “The Beach” movie was filmed.This is a wonderful spot for snorkeling, diving, chilling at the beach, exploring the untouched island interior and view.A must go while in Phi Phi.
On your way to Maya Bay you can stop by the Viking Cave, for us, a quick look was enough and we moved on to Phi Ley Bay(also in Phi Phi Leh) for some snorkeling.
Another famous snorkeling and diving spot is Loh Samah Bay located in Phi Phi Leh as well.
Koh Bida Nai, Koh Bida Nok are some of the smaller less visited islands of the group, mostly frequented by diver groups due to beautiful fish diversity located south from Phi Phi Leh.

Mosquito Island is situated north from Phi Phi Don and is one of the smaller islands known for great snorkeling.
Nearby Mosquito Island stands Bamboo Island where again chilling at a desert beach and snorkeling are the highlights.
Everywhere you’re going to find crystal clear water and mostly white sand, one of the main reasons the love story begins with this beautiful islands.

Arriving on Phi Phi + Hotel

Did you book accommodation ahead?If yes, be sure to let your hotel know what time you are arriving and they will pick you up at the pier, show you the way and help you out with your luggage.
If not, at the arriving pier you will find a lot of hotel options, be sure to ask prices before following them to the place.
If you don’t like any, you can go around and find a place yourself, but this will take you sometime I advise you to save your time to enjoy the site.Phi Phi is not an expensive place to stay and 100 baths may not be worth losing few hours, especially if you got heavy luggage.
If you want to book a hotel in advance I recommend to do so, they are the booking website with bigger variety in Thailand, is the one I mostly use.

Things To Do In Phi Phi

If you didn’t bring your gear, you can find some on the island.However, if snorkeling is the main interest you have, bringing some professional equipment is advised.
All over the islands, you have sites to explore, just walking into the sea or taking a long tail boat around.
There’s a lot of snorkeling trip offers, but this can be not as fun due to crowded boats, schedule, etc.
The best option is renting a long tail boat privately, the prices are reasonable and you get the best from your tour. If you really enjoy a place you can choose to stay more in it; if not you can just move on, choosing your own time is also great to avoid meeting crowded tourist boats and finally been picked at your hotel(if you staying seafront).

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Muay Thai:
We had dinner once and came back for some drinks in another night at “Reggae Bar” a bar and restaurant with a Muay Thai ring right in the middle.
Customer fights are arranged with all equipment provided and local kids fight as well.Is just some fun demonstration of Thai boxing that proved entertaining for us.
They have a burger eating challenge, both of times we’ve been there someone was trying to win it, and that just added to the play atmosphere.

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Beach Party:
If you’re a party animal you don’t need my tips, just enjoy it!
But even if you are not much into nightlife Phi Phi has this huge party scene starting in quite early time.
After your perfect day at the beach spending few hours listening to some music, watching fire acrobatics, and maybe even dancing a little bit won’t hurt once in a while.
Everything looking to the waves.🎉

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View Point:
Breathtaking view awaits you if you’re willing to leave your beach chair.=p
Choosing the right time to climb up is important because burning noon sun is not something you want when going up the oblique path.
The view definitely worth the walk.Enjoy it!

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Kayaking to Monkey Beach:
Don’t want to the kayaking part?That’s fine you can rent a long tail boat to get you there.
We did it the sporty way and noticed the kayak parking at Monkey Beach I could see many others did it too.
But I have to say it was harder than I imagined and thanks God hubby was there to help, two of myself wouldn’t get there.
How beautiful is it to appreciate animals in their natural environment?!A big monkey family came to say hi to all of us!
This may sound cliché but please remember wild animal shouldn’t eat artificial snacks, unless you offering water or fruits you better just appreciated they appearance.
Also, monkeys can be aggressive and the right thing is to avoid any contact and just look from a safe distance.
No one lives in this stretch of sand, please do not leave your trash there, let’s keep it the paradise it is.

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Souvenirs, clothing and craft stalls and stores can be found everywhere in Phi Phi Don.
“I Love Phi Phi” shirts are a souvenir I recommend as in the future every time you wear it the memories come back.🌅
Nice to do on the evening or night after enjoying the day activities.

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Plenty of Padi courses and diving trips signs were distributed around the main island with multilingual instructors offered.
We personally choose not to take the course in Phi Phi as it would take time and we wanted to enjoy all aspects of the island, but I’m sure it would be a beautiful spot to do so.
If you’re a diving lover or want to get your Padi, Phi Phi has fair amount of company options with world-class diving sites.

Amazing Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Thai Food at Sea View Restaurants:
Oh, the food! As I mentioned before, Thai food is part of the experience.
Try out a new dish every day and prepare to miss them when you get back home.
And for some ambience, a nice choice of restaurant facing the sea will surely do.🏖

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Tips: *If you are staying at a seafront hotel you absolutely must bring earplugs if you’re hoping to sleep.At night most of the restaurants turn into a beach party and the sound echoes into the bay.The pros are waking up with wave sounds and having your breakfast with your feet in the sand.
*Phi Phi is a very small Island that in many times of the year is crowded. When walking in one of the tinny streets if a baggage/goods carrier boy seems impatient or get your way, be gentle and remember that is holidays for you but its hard-working for them in a jammed place all day long that sure can be very stressing.Remember to always look from another perspective and I’m sure you gonna enjoy your trip even more.😉
That being said, Thai people are extremely friendly, respectful and good-hearted so make sure to reciprocate their treatment.❤

Ps: The websites and air company recommendations are made by personal experience and I don’t get any kind of remuneration for that.

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