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Tenggol – the hidden paradise

Posted Apr 19 2010 10:47am
20 April, 2010 at 1:47 am gcgeorge

My friends and I, are planning our next dive to this place – that many know not of mainly because it is a scuba diving paradise. But even among divers, this place isn’t a favourite plainly because it is not just 26 km off the coast of quiet fishing town of Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia but also has many challenging dive sites.

Cited as “The Best Diving in Peninsular Malaysia” Asian Diver Magazine 2002 Annual Edition, it consists of Pulau Tenggol (Tenggol Island), Pulau Nyireh, Tokong Timur, Tokong Burung and Tokong Talang/Tokong Kemudi, Tokong Laut. Some divers even call it “Sipadan of Peninsular Malaysia” with its beautiful rock formations and wall dives akin Sipadan. The currents here can be very strong and sometimes difficult to predict.

Tenggol and its surrounding islands offer good visibility with teeming of marine life, including sharks, rays, nudibranch and a wide variety of hard and soft corals.



Scuba Diving Tenggol Island, Malaysia

Water temperature:

27 – 28°C (80 – 82°F) on average, up to 31°C (89°F) in summer months


Skin to 3mm shortie


10 – 20 metres (30 – 65 feet)

Type of diving:

Reefs and drift diving

Marine life:

Eagle rays, jacks, trevallies, fusiliers, barracudas, tuna, humphead wrasse, Christmas tree worms, sponges, sea anemones

When to go:

It is possible to visit Malaysia at any time of year, but the rainy season that runs from June to September can cause rougher seas and lower visibility. The months of July and August suffer from the heaviest rainfall. Avoid east coast destinations between November and January

How to get there:

Malaysian Airline System and Air Asia offer regular flights from Kuala Lumpur to Terengganu arrviving at Sultan Mahmud Airport. Taxis are readily available at the airports for city transfers. It’s about one and half hour drive to Dungun. Alternatively you can catch the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan and from Kuantan, it is an hour and forty minutes drive by taxi or car. Kuala Terengganu is the main hub for express bus and coach travel in and out of the state. Long distance taxis are also readily available and all these coaches and taxis will pass throught the main road to Kuala Terengganu via Dungun.

Tenggol 2
Taken from Tenggol Island Beach Resort

Will update with pictures once we come back.

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