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Tenggol Island - Malaysia





  • Pulau Tenggol or Tenggol Island is an island 29km away from Kuala Dungun, Terengganu.
  • It is the last island in a collection of islands that include Pulau Nyireh and Pulau Tokong Burong.
  • It is connected by ferry to Dungun on the mainland.
  • The island was traditionally uninhabited, but now contains hotels. 
  • Vietnamese boat people were stranded on the island in aftermath of the Vietnam War.
  • The underwater boulders at Pulau Tenggol are covered with stony, soft and encrusting corals. Nurse Sharks, reef sharks, large tuna, groupers and Eagle Rays are common.
  • Other than that, Pulau Nyireh is particularly rich with large shoals of Bumphead Parrotfish, barracudas, tuna, jacks and snappers.
  • Whale Shark is the attraction in this island for most divers, however there are my different type of nudibranch in this island.
  • Moreover, there is an old 20m wreck lying at 7m one kilometer away from Kuala Dungun.




Amazing Grace

A few divers call it the most excellent, unquestionably it is the most staggering dive site. You travel the entire stretch of the west shoreline of Pulau Nyireh, the second greatest island of the Tenggol collection. Soft and hard corals change here; sandy base in between, the southern and the northern closures are rock arrangements. You begin in the south and move with the current towards the north. Contingent upon the tide, you are either tenderly conveyed ahead or you are directed over the reef, searching for assurance to make a stop to glance around. Batfish are all over the place, schools of trevallies, turtles, heaps of blue spotted stingrays and every so often there is even the uncommon shovel nose shark seen.

The Edge

Alleged in light of the fact that a crest in the coastline spreads the approaching current either in the northern or southern course. Ensure you enter the water at the right spot to meet the vessel at the proper place, as the current will positively help you along. In spite of the current, not a truly strenuous dive as you generally take after its course. At the southern end you can appreciate assurance from the current behind some huge rocks before you continue moving further. The charming area has a depth of around 10-15m.

Gua Rajawali

If you drop in at the Northern end and float over a floor covering of soft coral with a couple of extensive hard coral structures which are the 'cleaning stations' for the occupant reef fish. You are likely to meet a major occupant barracuda. Nudibranch, blue spotted sting rays, while turtles and big hump head parrotfish at the southern end are the highlights here. Most extreme depth: 22m.



This site is a standout amongst the most astounding locales around Tenggol Island. The arrangements of coral incorporate hard coral structures 5-10 meters tall and a plenitude of soft and leather corals. The site gets its name as part of the way through the dive you experience a V-shaped gap, which conveys you out to an open range. The dive levels at 12-14 meters which is home to a few inhabitant turtles.


Tanjung Api

The attraction of this dive is current! It begins easily, then the current takes you around, you flow with it, against it, crosswise over it, all the time mammoth schools of lovely trevallies continue crossing your way. You end up in a spin where the current all of a sudden drops down, pulling your everything to the ground. It is unadulterated fun, yet requires an high level of knowledge to appreciate it.


Tanjung Gemuk

A relaxed dive site, with some current. Start south from Turtle Point and allow yourself to be gently carried by the current towards it. Look carefully for details, you will be rewarded by some bright nudibranch, the odd turtle and there is a cave at the end of the site at 5 metres, perfect for the safety stop.


Tokong Burung and Tokong Talang

A half circle with the current winding up at the southern side. Huge rocks and stones covered with hard corals and soft corals make an energizing underwater world with passages, caves and drop-offs. Overflowing with marine life - batfish, yellowtails, trevallies and some more - it feels like you are swimming in a school of fish for the majority of the dive. There is additionally a possibility of seeing large manta rays and turtles, alongside the hump head parrotfish, Napoleon wrasse and barracudas, which can be seen around the greater part of Tenggol's sites.


Tokong Laut

A very interesting site for the more advanced divers as it tends to have strong currents. Dropping in onto a wall down to 25 metres there are often a large school of batfish with the odd turtle and napoleon wrasse around on the northern side. There is a beautiful ridge with many soft corals and on the odd occasion you may be lucky enough to see the large pelagic on their way through this area, normally these come through at the beginning and end of the season here (March/April and September/October). On the southern side there are many caves and swim through, which can be done dependant on air remaining. This is truly a world-class dive site with beautiful coral and rock formations.


Tokong Timur

Tokong Timur is in the ocean on the south side of Tenggol Island. The dive begins at the southern side, which is frequently exposed to wind, making any swim troublesome. In the water, you are presented an astonishing, changing and bright world of hard corals that are transcendent at the sudden declined surface, and the assortment of fish life is just extraordinary. You hit the base at around 28m, yet regardless it expands further on the off chance that you trail it over the sand. This trip will be remunerated at around 35m; there is an edge where it goes significantly deeper, and all of a sudden you are encompassed by many medium measured barracudas cruising around you. This is obviously for the exceptionally experienced diver, yet tenderfoots can stay at 18m and have an incredible dive there, when the surface condition permits them to enter the water. It is additionally the best place to see whale sharks, manta rays and other large pelagic. Towards the end of the dive, the current conveys you around the western corner toward the north side of the rock where there is more coral covering and a decent place to search for nudibranch on the safety stop.


Turtle Point

The surface is constantly quiet with barely any current. The ideal spot for beginners, students and divers who need to improve their diving abilities after a long break. Taking after the bay line submerged along a delightful stretch of soft and hard corals. Pay special mind to the occupant big head parrotfish here and the turtles and nudibranch, which you frequently meet at any dive site.


Wreck Diving

There is a wreck off the shoreline of the island, which lies at 18-20 meters. This is a decent first wreck jump for Open Water qualified divers as it is the right depth with blue spotted rays underneath a great deal of fish life and a vast staghorn coral reef for the end of the dive.

There is another site called 5 Sisters with five wrecks in a little region however they are deep at 35 meters max. This dive is for advanced divers and would require that all divers have a dive computer for this site.




It's possible to visit Tenggol Island any time of the year but the rainy season that runs from June to September can cause rough seas and lower visibility.  The months of July and August also have the heaviest rainfall.  Water temperatures range from 27-28C (80 - 82F) on average, and up to 31C (89F) in the summer months.  The best diving season is during the months of January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December.  The average day temperature in July and August is around 33C (91F), and 29C (84F) in December and January.

June to September – Peak season

October to May – Monsoon Season

Live Coral Count: 53.54%

Number of dive sites: 11

Protection Status: Marine Park

Visibility: 7m – 35m

Current: gentle to strong




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