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Tenggol

The Tenggol group of islands one of the best diving, is the most southerly of Terengganu's Marine Parks. It consists of Pulau Tenggol, Pulau Nyireh (Nyireh Island), Tokong Timur, Tokong Talang, Tokong Burung and Tokong Kemudi.

The main island, Pulau Tenggol, is about 50ha in size and is one of the most beautiful and serene islands off Peninsular Malaysia's east coast. It is also famous for its spectacular rocky cliffs that offer many excellent dive sites. Here, one can find pristine coral formations and a number of submerged rocks with excellent coral growths. The deep waters surrounding the island offer good visibility especially during the months of April until June. Marine life that can be seen here includes sharks, rays, nudibranch and a wide variety of hard and soft coral.

Favorite Dives: Tokong Air Tawar, a well sheltered bay is excellent for checkout dives and night dives from the shore. Depth gradually increases down the gentle slope to about 20 meters. Hard corals dominate the terrain with sporadic soft corals adding a touch of color to the monochromatic seascape. Shy garden eels can be observed towards the right of the bay at about 10 meters depth on the sandy bottom.

Batu Tokong Laut. One of the more popular sites for advance divers seeking out schools of fish. Located in the open sea, the boulder-like terrain features interesting swim through tunnels and crevices for divers to explore. Some of the fish sighted include batfish, fusiliers, jacks and kingfish.

Batu Tokong Kamudi. Extending down to slightly more than 30 meters, the seascape has a good mix of hard and soft corals. Christmas tree worms carpet the face of porite mounds. Except to see lots of sea anemone, nudibranchs, butterflyfish, wrasses, parrotfish and large snappers.

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