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Diving in Tenggol

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When to go to Tenggol

Diving at Tenggol Can is available all year long, however, the best time to dive is during the annual dry season which lasts from March to October. The average air temperature varies from 23C/73F to 33C/91F.

Scuba diving in Tenggol

Tenggol is a small island (2km/1,25mi wide and 3km/1,86mi long) located in the South China Sea off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The island forms part of the Terengganu Marine Park and is still a well-kept secret amongst the diving community. Coral reefs surrounding the island are home to many different species of plant and animal wildlife. The underwater world is home to nudibranchs, sea turtles, the giant double-headed parrotfish, yellowtail fusiliers, trevallies, large barracudas and napoleon fish to name a few. There are also sightings of large pelagics, whale sharks and manta rays, generally at the beginning and the end of the diving season. The island has more than 20 dive sites, available for beginners as well as for advanced and professional divers, but the majority of the popular dive sites are relatively deep and have stronger current. Popular dive sites include Tokong Kamudi, Rajawali Reef, Tanjung Pasir, Teluk Air Tawar, Amazing Grace (drift dive with amazing wall overgrown with corals and teeming with big fish), Tanjung Api and The Highway (the last two have strong currents where pelagic prevail). Tokong Kamudi is one of the most popular dive sites in Malaysia. It is surrounded by rocky grounds filled with swim-throughs, cracks, ramparts and interesting tunnels to explore (average depth 30m/98ft). There is also Teluk Air Tawar, a gently sloping bay on the west coast of Tenggol with some impressive coral gardens. At this site, besides nudibranch, divers can also find garden eels, moray eels, zebra lionfish, triggerfish, scorpionfish, stonefish and many more interesting species of reef fish. The visibility is at its best when it reaches 25m/82ft during the dry season.