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Tenggol Coral Beach Resort
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

I had a great experience diving here. This place is well known for whale sharks and manta ray - I was quite unlucky for not spotting either after five dives. However, the overall diving experience was good - they have good crew who are friendly and helpful, and the visibility was good in general. Saw lots of coral, colourful fishes, turtles, nudibranch and sting ray. The visibility was so good that you could simply snorkel around the beach and you'll see quite a lot.

Accommodation and food were average, and there were little activities you can do apart from diving and snorkeling, so do set your expectation right.

Would definitely come back again at one point!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank ZC_SydneyStreet
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

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!

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
3  Thank cherylsass
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Tenggol Coral Beach Resort makes for a simple, rustic, and delightful stay. The interior of the wooden chalets could do with an upgrade (the taps and shower head are tarnished and rusty from oxidation) but the facilities are adequate enough especially if your purpose in spending time on an island is not to be holed up in your accommodation. The sheets are white and clean, and towels are provided. Bring your own toiletries, though, because only shower gel is available. The Resort provides mosquito repellent in-room for the many mosquitoes around the property but there are also sand flies on the beach that don't seem to be repelled by anything.

Meals are included in your package stay so you get breakfast (bread/toast; fried noodles; fried mini-sausages and beef bacon; corn flakes and Cocoa Puffs; and fried eggs to order), lunch, tea (usually fried spring rolls with different fillings), and dinner. Self-service tea, coffee, and bread/toast are available 24/7. The food is all Malaysian-style and very tasty. However, if you are not used to it, best to come with an open and welcoming mind. After meals, you are expected to clear up after yourself. There are containers to dispose of your food waste, and place your plates and mugs/glasses for washing.

There are also recycling receptacles around the property, lending a nice touch to conservation.

For recreation, there is a billiard table and at least two mahjong sets available if you get bored of lazing on the beach on the hammocks and chairs.

Snorkeling gear is available for rent and at certain times of the day, baby black tip reef sharks come to feed huge schools of small fish (anchovy-sized) close to shore. The dive centre is very closely and conveniently located to the main dining and social area, and the staff are friendly, well-humoured, and helpful. My only gripe is that the dive staff seem to be constantly smoking and sprawled out on the benches when not diving, even around customers. A more professional conduct would go a long way.

If you dive, you have to set up your own gear on shore but the interns will carry it to the boat for you. The great thing about diving in Tenggol - apart from the pristine marine environment - is that even the furthest dive site is only about a 15-20 minute boat ride away. Awesome dive sites with a chance to spot a whale shark if you're lucky.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Elina N
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

It is a child friendly place to snorkle. Very nice corals not more than 20 meters and an abundace of fish. Very nice experience for the children. Something to recommend for other families with children. Also nice sandy beach. The food is average but not bad.

Stayed: July 2016
1  Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

My first time visiting tenggol. I have heard many good reviews about the island and so decided to plan a snorkeling trip with the family. I was staying at the beach front and the room is very comfortable. Food was a variety of Easter to wester to local delicacies. Water was slightly salty but drinkable it is understandable as the island is quite remote and there are limitation. The best was the bbq night with fusion food. Simply amazing.

I was mesmerized by the beauty of the island. The snorkeling was amazing, but I was curious about how it feels like to be submerged underwater swimming among the fishes.

So I decided to do a try out to see how I would fare out. The instructor Mr Andy was fun and a hottie to begin with. I breathed for the first time underwater and felt so comfortable with proper professional guidance. Finally after a short while off we went into the blue. I will never forget the experience and it is a definite I will be taking my scuba divers license in this beautiful place.
Thus my final say is I am completely taken and will definitely be back to the island and the ever great crew.

See you soon...

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank wong l
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