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What tourists are saying about Pulau Tenggol

“What an excellent getaway!”

You come here to dive. The accommodation is adequate, the food very good, the staff excellent!

A great place to relax, snorkel and scuba. Seems to be a lot to see.

The island is small and so for the best stay, check the occupancy of the site. If it is nearly full then come back another time – it is worth it.

Visited August 2015

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Diving is the major activity on this island.

“Great diving location and peaceful ambiance”

The island is small and there were only few other people beside us. Maybe due to its unpopularity as compared to other island such as Redang & Perhentian.

However, the diving locations here are far more greater than the other popular islands here in east coast of peninsular Malaysia.

The beach is clean too and the resort is just nice.

Only a short 45 minutes boat trip from Kuala Dungun jetty, thus lesser time on boat travelling which is good for those who has sea sickness.

Room Tip: Choose the ones facing the beach with less trees blocking the view
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Visited September 2014

“Heaven on earth”

We were there for 6 days with 14 divers from Germany. We were all of the same opinion: we had found paradise. There were only 5 to 10 other tourists on this island.

We had a very great time with Robinhood Demowal, the chief of the diving center. He showed us very special diving sites which are nearly unknown.

“Moonraker” was for example one of the best dive sites we had ever been: fish swarms with thousands of fish, exhilarating coral formations, really big barracudas, turtles … And at all dive sites we were the only boat and the only divers.

Robinhood always did the best to show us the best! And in the evenings we could relax and had fun on our special bench: the wonderful sunset in front of us, the jungle behind us.

Robinhood, thank you for this once in a lifetime experience! Some time we will come back – for sure!

Visited April 2015, travelled with friends

“A tropical paradise!”

Tenggol Island is a beautiful and quite island not so congested compare to Perhentian Islands and Redang Island. If you like quite and nice beach, Tenggol Island will be a island that is suitable for you.

Tenggol is mostly for diving and snorkeling activities. There is a beautiful coral reef on the right end of the beach with lots of coral big fish.

Visited July 2014, travelled as a couple

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With friend in one of the resorts here.

“Died and gone to fish heaven”

Tenggol Island is a scuba diver’s paradise. Seeing bumphead parrot fish on every dive, plus more than 10 type of nudibranches on one dive is just amazing. The coral reef in the area are brilliant! Stunning is all I can say…

There is nothing much to do here expect for diving so if you’re not a diver, please don’t bother.

They charge for dive equipment rental which can bring up the cost of your diving, plus most experienced divers have their own gear. Don’t let it put u off as diving here is worth it! You have to be an experience diver as most of the dives here have current and they are 80% deep dives. It you are a newbie, get more practice else where before heading out here.

Everything here is almost back to basic and you are truly in the midst of nature itself so be prepared for bug to fly around and so on.

These guys are the most reasonable on the island and one of the best as they have been around for a long time. They also have a little hatchery during turtle nesting season.

over all the dive sites here are great and paul is a superb dive master!

Visited April 2014, travelled with friends

“Best kept secret!”

If you want a place which is not full of trainee divers, and purely used by sport divers, this is the place. Basic, but comfortable, food is typically Malay but edible.

The great thing about this island, is that the people who run it, respect the coral, so it is in pristine condition.

I suggest you bring your own alcohol, fridge and Ice are provided by resort.

I will be back.

Visited April 2014, travelled with family

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Seeing turtle eggs are some of the best activities here.

About Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu

Pulau Tenggol lies just 45 minutes off Kuala Dungun south of Terengganu and is a hot spot for diving enthusiasts.

Even though Pulau Tenggol is a small island with just 2km wide and 3km long, it’s still a popular diving getaway. Its size doesn’t prevent this diving paradise from being visited by thousands of diving enthusiasts yearly.

Attractions of Pulau Tenggol

The attraction of Pulau Tenggol lies in its beautiful rocky, sharp and steep cliffs.

Divers seem to be attracted by the vertical canvas of marine life that is created by a dramatic ‘drop-off’ of the rocky terrain which extends from the interior of the island right into the ocean.

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Most of the resorts here are still surrounded by pristine forests.

This particular interesting structure of the island has made Pulau Tenggol a safe heaven for a diversity of marine lives.

Diving Tips at Pulau Tenggol

Pulau Tenggol is known for its strong currents. Therefore, try to avoid visiting Pulau Tenggol between November and March when the east coast monsoon period occurs.

Schedule your visit during the calm inter-tidal window between April and October. This period of time is perfect for drift diving when currents are relatively strong.

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There is less development in this island compared to others.

Getting to Pulau Tenggol

By Road

Pulau Tenggol can be reached only by boat. However, you need a boat ride at the jetty at Kuala Dungun.

To get to Kuala Dungun, if you are coming from Kuantan which is the capital of Pahang, you can take a bus at Jalan Besar Terminal or you can take a taxi directly from Kuantan.

If you are coming from Kuala Terengganu, take the bus at the Syed Hussin Central Bus Station.

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Some resorts at Pulau Tenggul (Tenggol).

By Sea

As mentioned above, you need to take a boat at the jetty of Kuala Dungu to reach Pulau Tenggol. The ride is about an hour.

Pulau Tenggol Tour Agent Contact

For more information, please contact Terengganu Tourism Office Tel: +609-622 1433 / 1893

Accommodations and Lodging at Pulau Tenggol

The island has quite a number of decent resorts. To save money, you are recommended to book a travel or tour package as part of an organized dive tour that includes accommodation, meals and diving.

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Attractions in Terengganu That You Might Be Interested

  • Dungun Night Market – Dungun is the place to go if you like to throng night market or pasar malam where the food, people and the setting are just too tempting to refuse!
  • Redang – An enchanting holiday paradise, Redang offers breathtaking blue waters teeming with a wealth of marine life and corals.
  • Perhentian – Made up of the larger Perhentian Besar and smaller Perhentian Kecil, the enchanting islands abound with exciting activities for sun-seekers.
  • Lang Tengah, Kapas and Tenggol – Hailed as one of the state’s best kept secrets, the island has sparkling white sand and aquamarine waters.
  • Cemerong Waterfall – Situated in the Cemerong Forest Reserve, the multi-tiered waterfall is truly a spectacular sight. It has four cascading rapids, the highest of which falls 600m.
  • Penarik Beach – Take in the picturesque view of traditional wooden homes of fisherfolk, scattered along the palm fringed shores.

Photo credits: Ioreth_ni_Balor, scubadin.

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