The reasonably-lengthed drive from KL took us all of 3.5 hours to get to the Dungun jetty. Full payment upfront for fullboard & professional coordination with the admin of the resort. We were promptly met at the jetty by the super friendly David and our luggage was loaded into the speedboat. Loading and waiting for the other passengers took awhile, and we were off 45mins later!
The boat trip took only 35-40mins to the island! We are used to longer boat rides to islands, so this was a pleasant treat! As we approached the bay, the pristine waters welcomed us. It was quiet, secluded & not commercialised. We knew it was gonna be good!!
The check in was smooth. The receptionist quickly identified us and handed us our key with directions to our beach front chalet. We were lucky to get the chalet closest to the reception/ dining area (no, it didn't get noisy at night), which meant a wonderfully short walk to the dive centre next to it too.
Reception at the dive centre could have been more efficient, we were walking aimlessly to find out where to unpack our gear and had to ask around. Admittedly, they were busy preparing to head out for a dive. Perhaps better coordination knowing that new divers were arriving to give us better instructions..? We finally found our way & unpacked our gear into the baskets in the wet room. We were told to come back at 2pm for the dive briefing.
The rooms are just great! Clean, spacious, lots of storage, a verandah to hang your wet clothes outside. The bathroom was clean and spacious with a proper heater that always worked. The water was clean, and not tinged with salt water like some of the resorts we've been to. Upkeep and maintenance is very good. And it's very obvious that they take very good care of it. Air-conditioning was marvellous! The power tripped a few times during our stay but hey, it came back right up a few seconds later, and that's island living for ya! :)
Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner is served. Buffet styled, we were impressed by the daily variety and the tastiness of the food at every meal! The cook gets creative with their food too. Hot soup at lunch & dinner always! Great for divers! And the hot drinks station is perpetually stocked with coffee, tea & hot water. Bread and crackers too. Oh, and there's a pool table and a minimart there too for the extras that you'd need.
The Dive instructor Andy and Dive Master in-training Isaac were great! Clear, concise, knowledgeable... and humorous too! Everyone became fast friends. Andy is a tech diver and his wealth of knowledge is just great! He was very strict in ensuring everyone's safety and ensuring the dive group dived within their limits. Kudos Andy!
Tenggol Island forms part of the Terengganu Marine Park, so the 20+ dive sites here are nothing short of spectacular. There were bump heads, turtles, nudibranchs, puffer fish... heck, before one dive, we even saw an Eagle ray jump out of the water before we descended!
A definite winner this resort. Comfortable nights sleep, great instructors and DMs... definitely highly recommended to anyone looking to dive in Peninsular M'sia. Definitely tops my list. My new favourite dive destination. 5 stars all around!
- 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