You didn’t even know it exists!
(Which is probably why you are reading this right now. Hurhur.)
Located on the East Coast of Malaysia in Terengganu, Pulau Tenggol is often overlooked because of the spotlight cast on her neighbouring islands such as Redang, Perhentian etc. She is a petite beauty of 3km in length and 2km in width. It is a lot less commercialised and a lot quieter and idyllic as compared to her neighbours.
Without WiFi on the island, Tenggol is the perfect island getaway for those who craves some peace and quiet from the urban hustle. My favourite activity? Curl up with a book in the hammock during surface interval. Watch the sunset or stargaze by the beach with a beer in hand.
Tenggol Island was cited as “The Best Diving in Peninsular Malaysia” in Asian Diver Magazine Annual Edition
Partly because of the size of the island, the number of divers is restricted by the capacity of the two resorts on the island. Hence, Tenggol has the some of most pristine corals I’ve seen thus far. With 20 or so dive sites around the area, from relaxing to challenging sites, Pulau Tenggol has offerings for divers of all levels.
Based on personal experience, visibility differs from site to site, usually ranging from 10 to 20 metres. Conditions are predictable at some sites, whilst some are less predictable, especially those that are further out from the island. Some of the sites you could visit are Tokong Laut (Pelagics), Tanjung Gemuk, Tokong Burung, Tokong Limur.
You can find Whale sharks here in March/April and August to October
Pulau Tenggol is a stopover along the whale sharks migratory route, usually from August to October every year. It is much anticipated by divers as there are not many places in the world where whale sharks stay for such a prolonged period of time. A 5D4N trip to Tenggol in August over National Day may be a diving holiday to encounter this magnificent creature!
P.S. The package does not include guaranteed whale shark encounters!