27 May Video: Tenggol Island Snorkeling Trip
While staying at the beautiful Tanjong Jara Resort on the East Coast of Malaysia, I had the opportunity to go on a Tenggol Island snorkeling trip for the day.
Pulau Tenggol is a small island in the South China Sea and is part of the Terengganu Marine Park. The reef here is in excellent condition, so the area is perfect for snorkeling and diving.
I tried diving once in the Whitsundays and didn’t like it since I’m a bit claustrophobic, so I opted for the snorkeling option. Several of the people on the boat were keen divers, but 5 of us were just there for the snorkeling. The trip was accompanied by expert guides, a dive master and PADI dive instructor so whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, this trip caters for all levels.
We met in the lobby of the hotel at 08:30am and were transported to the nearby pier by van. The journey by speed boat to the island took about an hour and when we got there, it was truly beautiful. A white sand beach with turquoise water and swaying trees…you know the kind.
Those of us who were snorkeling were given masks before going out into the water with our guide. We weren’t allowed to wear flippers because of the coral, so I chose to put on a life jacket so that I wouldn’t get too exhausted. Another lady did the same thing. The guide lifted up a sea cucumber and let me hold it, and we also saw a couple of clownfish. There were plenty of colourful fish floating around although we didn’t see any bigger creatures like turtles or reef sharks…apparently it wasn’t the season for turtles anyway.
Afterwards we lay in the loungers on the beach and waited until the divers returned. For lunch the crew put on a nice spread of jacket potatoes, corn on the cob, prawns, squid, salad, chicken and rice, so I definitely went back for second and third helpings.
Before returning to the mainland we visited another spot for snorkeling; this time we jumped off the boat and swam in deep water along the side of a cliff. We definitely saw more sea life on the first stop, but I was happy to have a swim around.
All in all it was a relaxing day of snorkeling and sunbathing, and a great way to explore the marine life of the East Coast. Watch the video to see what the island looked like!
This trip was complimentary, provided by Tanjong Jara Resort. All opinions expressed here are my own.