Monsoon Tides, Storms and Kapas Island cleanups @Longsha Campsite

One of the most popular Questions asked at Longsha campsite is…

  • What is monsoon really like on an Malaysian East coast island….?
  • I want to stay in Monsoon is the weather really that bad on Kapas Island…?
  • Does the seas, tide and waves Really become so big and dangerous…..?


Monsoon Storms and Kapas Island Clean ups. 

Whilst you get very many sunny days there are of course some very choppy days and blustery  windy storms. Most bad storms are late afternoon or evenings, but occasional Storms happen in daytimes also.
Monsoon winds can however bring great waves for the surfers around Marang who visit for the day and ride the waves to surfers points around the island.

In preparation for the monsoon most things are put away and stored , so for example all tents, plastic chairs and bamboo covers  all get taken down otherwise they end up broken by the high tides and bad weather conditions. Leaves and rubbish blow around and need cleaning daily to keep on top of things, but with rains it’s impossible and sometimes best left for dry spells. Most places have to do a big clean up after the last high tide.


Rains tend to be lighter in daytimes and if stay lighter can last days, if the islands gets heavy down poor then it tends to last only the night, with light showers the next day. Some of these rains can last a week or two, but always get the odd break hopefully for an hour or two. However, it can rain non stop for days. The beach and lands adjust accordingly to the rains buy creating rivers and high tides take chunks out fo the front of the beach shoreline, only for the sand to be brought back by Mother Nature to replenish and self clean itself with the last high tide normally just leaving plastic rubbish and trash that just needs a clear up. Some great places of driftwood can be found washed up and used for signs etc…

Some days can then turn into weeks of beautiful sunshine, but the seas are still quite choppy and tides are high. Waters are not clear for swimming with debris swirling around, not at all nice for swimming let alone snorkelling. Visibility is very low during monsoon, only the odd days gives good enough and clear waters for snorkelling but you would still have a lot of debris possibly around you.

Here you can get a rough idea of how hide the thighs come up making it very difficult to cross from one side of the island to the other, even just going to the place next to you can be difficult at a high tide with choppy waters.
You can also see how the sky changes very quickly and the dark moody stormy clouds move in

And then there is the rubbish that collects around the island every monsoon.  This is brought in by the high tides and when the rains are heavy this creates rivers that the high tide pushes all the rubbish into. 
Sometimes the rubbish naturally collects in the front beaches where the high tides push and pull the rubbish up the beach in high tide.  Most residents clean up there own part of the beach front in the monsoon after the last high monsoon tide whilst trying to maintain it during monsoon where possible.

The back of the island is cleaned up by many volunteers, locals and kind helping hands, volunteers who help during there stays at  many different places within Kapas Island. .

Most of the initiative and push comes from the Kapas conservation club and KBC who LongSha tries to help or support by taking/Sponsoring a boat and helping hands to help collect rubbish. As in 2016 2017.

Many locals, colleagues and sometimes organised groups have started to help clear the rubbish in since 2018 onwards which is also great to see! 

This is the destruction that can be caused during a monsoon. This is the cover that was built for a drier camping experience. A tree fell down and hence just caught the top of the roof which Broke through electric wires and just caught the side of the cover. This was fixed and rectified during that monsoon and all trees around the area have been trimmed if posing a danger.
We have however tried to keep the tree trunks at a good hieght so that animals can still live in them etc Or maintain any homes that animals had already created such as this tree which is home to the Nelly the auana who is seen to be running away from the cats most afternoons back to his home.

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