One resort by the beach is pretty much like the next. But what made TCBR stood apart from the rest was not the dive sites nor the rooms, it was the crew. With the resort being tucked on Tenggol island 45mins from Dungun, the crew kept with them a honest good natured sense of 'kampung spirit'. They truly enjoyed their interaction with their guests, and it is a palpable sense of friendliness & openness that is not only motivated by PR or profit.
Due to bus schedule conflicts, we had to leave one night earlier than plan and the crew gladly arranged our lodging on the main island of Dungun at no extra charges. They even brought us about the small central area of the main island when we needed to get some stuff and took care of our dinner.
TCBR offers full board service and the food quality was fantastic. There is free flow of beverages and sliced bread for when you get hungry in between meal services and dive times.
We were in the standard rooms located at Block D and it is recommended if you are not concern about standard of rooms. Having said that, the standard rooms are neat and fairly well maintained, but it is very basic. There is hot water and AC. Try to get the deluxe bungalows with a seaview if you have slightly more budget and would like to have a nicer space to unwind after your diving activities.
Dive equipment were well taken care of. Most are still pretty new. All their dives are boat dives instead of shore dives and there are enough dive sites that you shouldn't need to re-visit the same location twice within your stay.
All in all, a hidden gem for those looking for an experience & interaction with the local crew beyond just the diving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tenggol Coral Beach Resort with 20 natural timber chalet blends harmoniously into the environment, creating an exclusive village-style living experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tenggol Coral Beach Resort Dungun, Terengganu