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Tenggol Island lies off the coast of Terengganu in Malaysia. Measuring simply three by two kilometres/1.eight by 1.24 miles this island could be small nevertheless it definitely has an enormous underwater character. With over twenty dive websites on supply, this South China Sea Island is greater than worthy of exploring.
The dive websites round Tenggol Island supply just a little little bit of every part from ample sloping fringing reefs by way of to drop offs, partitions and large boulder formations. You’ll discover sheltered websites with close to swimming pool like circumstances by way of to rugged rocky websites the place currents stream by way of and highly effective surge rocks the shallows.
Listed here are just some of our favorite Tenggol Dive Websites.
We have now listed this dive website first because it is likely one of the island’s most well-known dive websites and the most effective place to identify whale sharks from August to October. Situated simply off the small rock island to the south of Tenggol Island this website is full of motion. In case you are hoping to see the whale sharks, it’s greatest to dive the south aspect of the island which is teeming with vibrant corals within the shallows and presents fascinating boulders within the deeper sections (as much as 30 meters/100 ft). The currents right here could be a little tougher, nevertheless it’s the currents that convey the plankton wealthy water which attracts the whale sharks.
In case you are diving outdoors of the whale shark season there's nonetheless a lot to see, together with lone searching nice barracuda, faculties of batfish, moray eels within the crevices, and hordes of vibrant damsels and tropical reef fish within the shallows.
To the north of Tenggol Island there's a protrusion on the west coast and it’s on the tip right here that Tanjung Api is situated. Because of the form of the island, and the water which flows across the level, there's typically present right here which makes for a incredible drift dive so be ready to ‘drift’ and admire the surroundings alongside the best way!
The topography right here is rugged with wall sections and deeper rock formations – a few of that are immense. These big boulders are adorned with exhausting and mushy corals, sea followers and sea whips. The followers present shelter for a number of reef species and if in case you have good eyes, look out for macro life amongst their branches and nudibranch on the rocks. Different highlights right here embrace bumphead parrotfish, angelfish, puffers, moray eels, faculties of batfish and it’s not unprecedented to catch a glimpse of a passing manta or eagle ray!
On the very northern tip of Tenggol Island are the ‘Rajawali’ dive websites, which go by a number of totally different names together with Rajawali Reef, Tanjung Rajawali and Teluk Rajawali. The names relate to totally different entry factors across the tip of the island. The Rajawali websites all supply ample marine life and vibrant coral gardens within the shallows.
To the east aspect of the purpose you’ll discover a huge space of reef which is full of numerous corals. This vibrant patchwork of exhausting and delicate corals, sponges, barrels, whips, and anemones is habitat for an array of reef fishes together with clownfish, angelfish, lionfish, Moorish idols and quite a lot of parrotfish species to call just some.
To the west of the purpose, the shallow reef and sandy backside are the place you possibly can anticipate to see faculties of snappers, triggerfish, moray eels and scorpionfish. On the very tip of the purpose itself, hold an eye fixed out to the blue since you by no means know what may make a shock look. Manta rays, eagle rays and reef sharks are all noticed right here every so often.
The Edge is situated near the southern tip of Tenggol island, in between the primary Tenggol landmass and the small outlying lighthouse island. The dive website unsurprisingly takes its identify from a drop off at round 18 meters/60 ft from the place you possibly can stare out into the large blue yonder. The dive itself is a mix of boulder formations, bommies and reef, and it’s a fantastic website for attempting to find critters or simply enjoyable and watching the underwater world in motion.
Maintain an eye fixed to the blue for bigger pelagics and predators cruising by or hovering menacingly within the present stream.
Tenggol Wreck Diving
Tenggol isn't just for diving reefs and on the lookout for whale sharks – the Malaysian Authorities has allowed the deliberate sinking of a number of wrecks within the space for diving functions, together with two deep wrecks that are appropriate for technical diving.
Upwards of 40 meters/ 131 ft are 4 notable wrecks (Sawadee, 5 Sisters, Fisherman Wreck and the Deep Wreck), all of that are simply accessible and appeal to an enormous quantity of marine life. The Fisherman wreck is a 20 meter/66 ft lengthy fishing boat which could be dived upwards of 18 meters/60 ft, making it an exquisite dive for Open Water Divers and people who are making their first wreck dives.
So is it time to discover this small Malaysian Island with an enormous underwater character? Find a PADI dive shop in Malaysia and begin planning your subsequent journey!