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.
However, this doesn’t prevent it from being a paradise for many people, especially diving enthusiasts.
The interior of the island is filled with steep, rocky cliffs. This rocky terrain extends from the interior of the island to the ocean and has created a dramatic ‘drop-off’ – a sort of vertical canvas of marine life – that divers never seem to tire of.
Best time to visit Tenggol
During monsoon season, between October and February, Tenggol Island is closed to visitors.
There are daily flights operated by Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur International Aiport (KLIA & LCCT) to Kuala Terengganu. From here you take a public bus or taxi to the small coastal town of Kuala Dungun (travel time around 1 hour). Expect to pay only a few ringgits by bus and around RM60 by taxi. At Kuala Dungun jetty you can arrange a boat to Tenggol Island. Tenggol Island is located about 25km from the coast, so it is a 50 minute boat ride to reach your resort.
Another option is a flight by Firefly from Subang Airport (nearer to KL compared to KLIA/LCCT) to the town of Kerteh. From Kerteh it is only a 20 minute drive by taxi to Kuala Dungun. This option saves a lot of time when you are traveling from Kuala Lumpur.