Off the Terengganu Malaysian coast resides a beautiful island dream that is the Tenggol Island or PulauTenggol. The small island of Tenggol is 2 kilometers wide and 3 kilometers long. This island is the last among the Pulau string of islands and is connected to the Dungun mainland by ferry. Originally uninhabited, the island is now a tourist attraction because of its beautiful island terrain and the lovely surrounding waters which makes diving a popular reason to travel to Tenggol. The island is said to have gained its original inhabitants from stranded boat people that were swept to the island after the Vietnam War.
The island has more than 20 beautiful dive sites for visitors to choose from. With clear warm waters from the South China Sea, this small island beauty has an even more beautiful underwater habitat. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to many different species of plant and animal wildlife.
Best Time to Dive
Diving at Tenggolcan be experienced all year round yet the best time to dive would be during the annual dry season which is from the month of March to the month of October. It is during this time that the visibility is at its best at up to 60 feet or 20 meters. Since there are several dive sites at the island, visitors have many to choose from ranging from those that would best suit first time divers and beginners, to advanced and professional divers. Each dive site has its own visibility, terrain, currents and attractions.
Getting There and Around
If you come from a foreign country you can travel to Malaysi by air then make your way to the mainlang Kuala Dungun. Guests can travel to Tenggol Island via Kuala Dungun as there is no regular transport that services travel to the island. You may also make arrangement with resort accommodations as they may offer pickup and transfers for those staying at their hotels.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)