About 14 nautical miles off the coast of the quiet fishing town of Kuala Dungun, Malaysia lies the sleepy island of Tenggol. The spectacular island probably has all the reasons in the world why it’s on the list of favorite places of scuba divers but for the meantime, here are 5 excerpts why:
1. Tropical Climate for a Tropical dive
Malaysia is holding one of the diving gems of the world. The beautiful beach of Tenggol has the right temperature for rich eco-diversity and fun-filled activities. The average temperature can reach up to a warm 32°C to a cold 25°C during the night. The island offers the best diving experience during the months of March to October. In the time of the dry season, the visibility is at its finest reaching up to 20m.
2. 20 Awesome Dive Spots
You read it right! Tenggol is a mother of 20 equally beautiful islands for every kind of divers to explore. From an impressive coral canvass encompassing almost the whole ocean floor, breathtaking rock walls and boulders, magnificent seascapes, sunken ships, and rocky terrains to rich micro and macro life. These spots will surely satisfy your hunger for adventure.
3. Home to magical creatures – Underwater and Above
Tenggol hosts different kinds of creatures, the diving sites shelters Nudibranchs, Sea Turtles, Giant Double-headed Parrotfish, Yellow Fusiliers, and Trevallies. Each spot is endowed with coral gardens and vibrant marine life. Encounters with large pelagics, Whale Sharks, and Manta Rays can also be experienced by lucky divers at certain times but the most common are the Eagle Rays, Black-tipped Reef Sharks, and Large Barracudas. The creatures on the land including the Malaysian people are equally magnificent.
4. “Detoxification” from the city
The island mirrors a tranquil paradise that will surely wipe away your never-ending agony, may it be physically or emotionally from your reoccurring urban responsibilities. It was once hailed as the “Best Diving Site in Peninsula Malaysia” by the Asian Diver Magazine in 2002 and managed to preserve its whimsical beauty.
5. Lovely sunset
The rustic vibe of the island will inspire you to just lay down and forget the hectic schedule of the urban life. Tenggol would let you to just relax, breathe, and think of nothing but the beauty that surrounds you. Do not forget to pack your camera and wait for the magical dawn to add to your photo collection. Before the day ends, a lovely sunset will welcome you to another unforgettable night of your life.