Tenggol Island

Dive Map Tenggol Island Terengganu Malaysia

Description :
Tenggol island lies not far from the East Coast mainland of Kuala Dungun and is fast becoming one of the best diving locations in Peninsular Malaysia. The island was previously uninhabited until 3 resorts were set up on the main stretch of its shores. Fast forward to today, you now have the option to stay on Tenggol island, or go for day trips to the island via resorts and dive centers located at the town of Kuala Dungun.

Some locals have even called Tenggol island a “mini-Sipadan” for its mature and pristine coral gardens teeming with spectacular marine life. If you are fortunate, you may catch a glimpse of the elusive whale sharks and devil rays, which have been spotted on numerous occasions. For an island so small, its rich treasure of underwater attractions makes for an unforgettable stay.

A little word of caution, sandflies abound on Tenggol island, so you better not forget the insect repellant and consider forgoing the moonlight strolls along the shore. Nonetheless, Tenggol island is a diver’s location through and through – secluded, quiet, with no-frills traditional chalets. If you decide to stay on the island, full board packages with meals are all provided for, you may be in for a BBQ or steamboat treat every now and then. 🙂

Where is it :
Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, wreck, night, drift, deep diving
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Pristine coral reefs, schooling tropical fishes, mobula rays, whale sharks!
Average Water Temperature :
27°C (80.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F)
Seasonality :
March to October (Peak July to September)
Typical Visibility :
10m (32ft) to 30m (98ft)
General Current Conditions :
Low to strong
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, Sea Kayak, Jungle Trekking.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
None on the island
Availability of Medical Facility :
None on the island
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Amazing Grace :
• Maximum depth: 24m
• Currents: Mild
Staying true to its name, the marinescape is truly stunning with a mixture of hard and soft corals. Batfish are everywhere, schools of trevallies, turtles, blue spotted stingrays and occassionally there’s even the rare shovel nose shark.
Gua Rajawali :
• Maximum depth: 22m
• Currents: Moderate
Typically a gentle drift dive, where you will drift over a carpet of soft corals with some hard coral structures along the way. Nudibrachs, blue spotted rays, bumphead parrotfish, and the occassional turtles are the highlights here.
Tokong Timur :
• Maximum depth: 35m
• Currents: Mild to moderate
This is a rocky outcrop in the sea on the south side of Tenggol Island. Entry points are exposed to the wind which makes it a little challenging. Nonetheless, do not be put off by it as once you go beneath the surface, you will be exposed to an amazing underwater world with hard corals sloping downwards to 28m. The variety of marine life is stunning – Batfish, barracudas, trevallies, snappers, all cruising around you. It is also the ideal place to spot whale sharks, devil rays and other large pelagics. This is easily one of the top spots in Tenggol Island.
Mini Highway :
• Maximum depth: 18m
• Currents: Strong
Like its name, currents here are exhilarating. It’s all about going with the flow! And with strong currents, brings pelagics such as schooling barracudas, bumphead parrotfish, and even trevallies crossing your paths. It’s absolute fun, but requires a higher level of diving and experience in drift diving to truly enjoy it.
Fisherman Wreck :
• Maximum depth: 20m
• Currents: Low
Arguably one of the closest dive sites. Before you could even gear up on the boat, you’re already there. A fantastic introductory wreck dive for the uninitiated. Loads of marine life, including juvenile boxfish, pufferfish, boxer shrimps and a range of nudibranch.
Nearest Jetty :
A’King Jetty
* Approximately 45mins boat ride to Tenggol Island
Address :
Jalan Rajawali, 23000, Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia
Nearest Airport :
Sultan Mahmud (Kuala Terengganu) Airport (IATA: TGG)
Estimated Travel Time from Kuala Terengganu Airport :
1.5hrs (by car, average one-way taxi fare: ~RM180)
Estimated Travel Time from Kuala Lumpur :
4hrs (by car), or 5.5hrs (by bus – average one-way fare: ~RM45)

Price reference based on 4D3N diving packages

  • Tenggol Island, Dungun, Terengganu

    Tenggol Coral Beach Resort

    Packages from RM1,500

    A PADI 5 star resort situated in the heart of Tenggol Island, with full board packages for both divers and beachgoers.

  • Dungun, Terengganu / Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur

    Viking Scuba

    Packages from RM1,340

    Dive Tenggol Island while getting the convenience of staying in Dungun town. A PADI 5 Star IDC, with a team of highly experienced instructors who are passionate about diving and ocean conservation.

  • Dungun, Terengganu

    Quiver Dungun (Tanjong Jara)

    Packages from RM2,799

    Get ready to be pampered and dive in the lap of luxury with a 5-star dive center and a 5-star resort. If you are looking to be spoilt, this is where you should be.

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