Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tenggol Island Favourite Diving and Snorkeling In Trengganu

Tenggol Island The Tenggol group of islands is the most southerly of Trengganu’s Marine Parks. It consists of Tengol Island or Pulau Tenggol, Pulau Nyireh, Tokong Timur, Tokong Talang, Tokong Burung and Tokong Kemudi. The main island, Pulau Tenggol, is about 50 hectors in size and is one of the most beautiful and serene islands off peninsular Malaysia’s east coast. It is also famous for its spectacular rocky cliffs that offer many excellent dive sites of pristine coral formations and a number of submerged rocks with excellent coral growths.

The deep waters surrounding the island offer good visibility especially during the months of April until June. Marine life that can be seen here includes sharks, rays, nudibranch and a wide variety of hard and soft coral. Before being declared a marine park, Pulau Tenggol was a favourite hunting ground for spear-fishermen, particularly for snappers and groupers.

Tenggol Island
is another beautiful diving getaway island just 45 minutes from the coastal jetty in Kuala Dungun. It size is approximately 3km in length and 2km in width. However, this has not prevented it from becoming a paradise for many people especially diving enthusiasts.



Tengol Island In Indonesian and Malaysian Pulau Tenggol lies 14 nautical miles (26 km) off the coast of quiet fishing town of Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia. This rocky island about 50 hectares in size, spans less than 3 kilometres in length and 2 kilometres at its widest point, is one of the most beautiful and serene islands off Peninsular Malaysia's east coast, with spectacular rocky cliffs that offer many excellent dive sites. One of the island’s attractions is that it is close to its original state. A virgin island with its white sandy beaches backed by steeply forested cliffs is a pleasant retreat away from the city. Activities range from snorkelling, scuba diving, jungle trekking or just basking under the sun on the white sandy beach.

Tenggol Island Favourite dives include Tanjung Api, Tokong Timur, Tokong Laut, Tanjong Gemuk, and Pulau Nyireh. Average diving depths around Tenggol is about 21 metres whereas the maximum depth is about 35 metres.  The best time to dive at Tenggol is from April to early October where you can expect calmer waters and good weather conditions. Calm and colourful coral gardens with a society of colourful marine life such as whale sharks, bumphead parrotfish, turtles, yellowtail fusilier, nudibranchs, giant clams, stingrays and batfishes. During the months of March till May however, manta rays can also be spotted in the vicinity.