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“An OK resort with good staff. Beautiful Island and the diving was great.e res” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tenggol Coral Beach Resort
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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30 hotel reviews
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“An OK resort with good staff. Beautiful Island and the diving was great.e res”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I would give Tenggol Coal Beach resort an average. Fairly basic which is to be expected as it is a protected marine reserve. The accommodations were ok but could have been a lot cleaner. Food was terrible and always cold and the most disappointing part of our trip. Wound up buying water and making our own coffee as the water provided for free is very salty. Staff was nice and fun but lacked management and guidance. Overall an OK trip and I think we just had a bit of bad luck. The crew was not paying attention and the dive boat got stuck during low tide. This meant we lost a day and had to squeeze 4 dives into one day...not exactly what we had planned. All in all things like this happen and we understand you need flexibility, plus the staff was sorry and offered a few concessions. Overall a good trip but not the great one we were hoping for.

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  • Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

O.M.G! Finally I found a hidden gem where the island was with lesser crowd even during the holiday season! Weeeehoooo. We went for a 3D2N stay at this resort during Malaysia day stretched till weekend.

This island is famous for divers, however we only did snorkelling after reading comments that it was good for snorkellers too! The island dint disappoint us as it was quiet and overall this is just perfect. There is a nice place to snorkel just a stone's throw from the resort. We saw a small shark, jellyfish and variety of fishes!

The food and the accomodation was decent. However, food and water a bit salty perhaps largely due to the place is at the island but it dint really bother us much. We just bought mineral water there. It's RM5 for one bottle of 1.5L.

We would definitely recommend friends to come over!

Stayed September 2016, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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Additional Information about Tenggol Coral Beach Resort

Property: Tenggol Coral Beach Resort
Address: Lot 7563, Kuala Dungun Jalan Rajawali, Dungun 23000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Terengganu > Dungun District > Dungun
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Dungun
Price range (per night): RM100 - RM500
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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Tenggol Coral Beach Resort Dungun, Terengganu

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