Island's Ethics & Recreational Guidelines

Raising awareness for a better tourism practices for islands

Kapas has been more popular for day trippers and travelers in recent years for its white sandy beaches and exotic marine life. Due to the increasing number of visitors to the island, the pressure to its inhabitants are damaging. It is important to remember that Kapas has been gazetted as marine park to ensure the livelihood of its flora and fauna (marine or on land) and so they continue to flourish.

Being on an island, one must respect the environment and thus follow common guidelines especially when doing recreational activities such as snorkeling and diving. Being a conscious human being, our responsibility for the island is to simply practice good ethics.

Marine Park Island Ethics & Regulations

Many marine animals are in danger of consuming floating plastic waste and garbage. For example, turtles often mistake plastic for jellyfish, and they often choke and die from not being able to digest the plastic.
Do not throw cigarette butts on the beach or in the sea. Chemicals contained will pollute the marine environment.
Be responsible in disposing your garbage such as polysterene containers, plastic bottles and food waste. Please put all the waste in the garbage bins placed around the island. If you see any plastic trash while walking on the beach, please help to remove it and throw it in the bins.
Use reusable bags and containers and take back what you bring when you leave the island.
Camping is only permitted in designated camp grounds. No open fire is allowed for burning garbage, especially at night when turtles may come to nest.
Most sunscreen lotions are harmful to coral. Be responsible and use eco reef-friendly sunscreen. Alternatively, wear long sleeve to protect your skin from the sun while snorkelling.

Snorkeling Guidelines Around Shallow Water

Snorkelers are encouraged to wear lifejackets. Float or swim.
Never stand on coral. If you need to stand, find a patch of sandy bottom.
Do not feed the fish.
Do not catch or touch any fish, turtles or any marine life.
Do not collect 'souvenirs' like shells, coral or marine organisms, dead or alive.
Do not take selfies with you holding marine life!
Swim and snorkel within the buoy lines. Watch out for passing boats.
Last but not the least, do not throw or leave any waste in the sea.

Boating & Anchoring

Take extra care when navigating near the shore of the island especially during low tide to avoid any contact and damage to any coral.
Inspect underwater when anchoring boats. Do not drop anchor over coral.
Watch out for anchor chains or rope to make sure no contact with the fragile coral is made, it will damage the reef.
Kapas is zoned as a NO FISHING area extending ONE nautical mile from the lowest tide. So, take your boat further out if you want to fish.

Reminder for Recreational SCUBA divers

Be sure not to dive too close to coral reefs. Practice your buoyancy to avoid damaging coral.
Wearing gloves is not a license to touch any coral or marine animals.
Be careful with your fins or flippers. Watch where your feet go so your fins don't damage fragile coral.