Tengah Island / Pulau Tengah
Tengah Island is an uninhabited island. It lies nine nautical miles
off the coast of Mersing on the South China Sea. It is an hour away
by boat from Mersing town.
Near Besar Island, Tengah Island is 16km off the coast and is an
easy 90-minute boat ride. During the 70's, the island became famous
as a Vietnamese refugee transit camp which was subsequently closed
in the early 80's.
In 1985, Tengah Island was one of the few islands gazetted by
the Malaysian government as a Marine Park due to its abundant marine
life and rare specials of fish and coral.
Besides that, Tengah Island also a great place to watch the giant
leatherback turtles come ashore to lay eggs yearly especially during
the month of July. There is a "members only" golf course
and resort on the island. Spacious and comfortable cottages are
available for booking.