Tuesday, 20 June 2006

Pulau Tenggol

Date: June 2005, Sep 2005 and May 2006
Location: Pulau Tenggol, Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia
No. of dives: 18

Accessibility to dive sites: 8.5
Marine Animal Density: 5.8
Dive site terrain Quality: 9.0
Marine Animal Diversity: 7.0
Visibility: 8.0
Overall Score: 7.7

Entry: Boat
Difficulty: AOW
Dive Sites: Fringing reefs/Wrecks/Pinnacles

Camera: Canon Powershot A80
Underwater casing: Canon Waterproof Case WP-DC900 for Powershot A80 by Canon
Strobe: NIL
Oraganizer: Simon
Members: gang from KL
My reason to go there: Good visibility, current, awesome coral gardens and cheap diving.

I have been to Pulau Tenggol like 3 times(June 2005, Sep 2005 and May 2006), in summary I feel that Pulau Tenggol have plenty of healthy and beautiful coral reefs with good visibility, however we don't see much big fishes. The sea there can be pretty rough and currents can be strong, it is a good place for experience divers. I would consider Pulau Tenggol to be among the best places to dive around Peninsular Malaysia.
Pulau Tenggol is another beautiful diving getaway and lies just 45 minutes off Kuala Dungun in the south of Terengganu. It is small - just 3km long and 2km wide.
The Tenggol group of islands is the most southernly of Terengganu's Marine Parks. It consists of Pulau Tenggol (Tenggol Island), Pulau Nyireh, Tokong Timur, Tokong Burung and Tokong Talang/Tokong Kemudi, Tokong Laut.
Cited as “The Best Diving in Peninsular Malaysia” Asian Diver Magazine 2002 Annual Edition.
yeah that's me with a giant jelly. ..

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.
At Pulau Tenggol, divers and Snorkellers alike can find pristine coral formations and a number of submerged rocks with excellent coral growths. Tenggol and its surrounding islands offer good visibility with teeming of marine life, including sharks, rays, nudibranch and a wide variety of hard and soft corals. Divers will discover that Tenggol offers great diving experiences, ranging from deep diving, drift diving and wreck dive for the advanced divers or experienced divers.

All shots here were taken using a
Canon Powershot A80 compact camera with its' underwater casing.


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