The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia – Tenggol Island

The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia - Tenggol Island
Whale Shark

Experienced divers of Malaysia hold a secret spot, where diverse diving sites offering interesting attractions even to the most skilled divers can be found.
The gorgeous island is remote, quiet, and unspoiled.
But don’t worry, from now on you know it too, it’s called Tenggol and it’s waiting for you!

What To Do

⚪Dive
Experienced divers are often attracted to the island that is regarded as the best dive site in Peninsular Malaysia, with reefs in almost perfect conditions.
It has more than 20 diving sites, with shallow and also deeper diving spots.
Dive season starts in March and ends in October.
Current is present, a skilled instructor who knows the area is recommended.

The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia - Tenggol Island

⚪Snorkeling
Either from the shore or by boat, snorkeling spots are available all around the island.
We came in hopes of spotting a whale shark, and there it was!
A few turtles, blacktip reef sharks, giant barracuda, bat, parrot, and pufferfishes also came to play.

⚪Chill On The Beach
As usual, not much explanation needed for this one.
Tune on you best relaxation mode and be happy!☀

⚪Eat
Buffet-style meals are served, offering a taste of local cuisine.
In such a small island, vegans will easily be concern about going hungry during their stay.
We informed the hotel about our preferences in advance and were very pleased with the results.
Simple, yet delicious vegan food, with new options every meal was served to us separately from the buffet.
Honestly, after a bit of struggle in Kapas, eating the same few available vegan dishes over and over, we didn’t want to leave Tenggol.🍜

⚪Explore
Walking along the main bay, and grabbing a boat to go around the island is the only way to explore it.
Poisonous snakes inhabit Tenggol, making trekking a definite no go.
Still, it’s a small place, there’s only a short boat ride between you and any place you wish to see.

⚪Yoga
On such peaceful environment, it’s time to put your zen on and try some yoga moves to connect even further with yourself.
Which here will be easier, humans thrive when in contact with nature.
If you don’t know how to do it, take at least 5 min to meditate, close your eyes and just be aware.

The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia - Tenggol Island

⚪Make Friends and Sense The Culture
Everyone, from staff to other guests, was extremely friendly and helpful.
Being in such environment is a great opportunity to learn more about a new culture and make new friends.
You can feel the good vibes, beautiful place with beautiful people.🌈

How To Get There

Click here to see our post showing how to do it step-by-step.

Where To Stay

Click here to see our post about it.

We were enchanted by this island!🏝
What about you? Share with us in the comments below.💗

Wanna see more of Malaysia? Stay tuned!

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Last Moments of Kapas Island + Marang – Malaysia l New Adventures Ahead!

Our last day in Kapas, time really flies!
Still, there’s enough of it for one more snorkeling session, and one more breakfast with feet on the sand.

A short boat trip and we are in Marang.
Where we could not wait to buy once again the treats we tried few days before at the morning market.

In the next morning a new destiny, can it get better?
Stay tuned to see.😉

Marang

Addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Qimi Chalet
Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Private beach at the north-west, after Kapas Coral Beach Resort, Pulau Kapas
Phone and WhatsApp: +60 17917 5744

Kapas Coral Beach Resort
Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Walk north from the pier, near Ombak Beach Resort, Pulau Kapas
Website: http://kapasisland.com
*Our boat departed from here

Marang Pier – Marang Jetty
Boat Schedule: Marang-Kapas(around 30min) – 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm.
Kapas-Marang(around 30min) – 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 5:00pm.
Price: rm30 for round trip(open ticket, the return can be scheduled anytime)

Pasar Besar(Big Bazaar) – Morning Market
Address: In front of the pier, Marang
*Has a great variety of traditional desserts, snacks, and exotic fruits.

Hotel Near Marang Pier
Sorry friends, we can’t remember the name, but it is easy to find
Address: On the main road, above Pizza Hut, 5min walk from the pier, Marang
Price: rm69 for an a.c. double room with private toilet(cold shower)

Masjid Lama Bandar Marang – Mosque
Address: In front of 7-eleven, Pejabat Majlis Daerah, Marang

Night Market
Fridays
Address: From the pier follow the main street, pass by Pizza Hut, keep going for another 10-15min, Jnl Marang-Wafak Tapai, Marang
Open from 5 to 8pm.
*Unless you are staying in Marang and have time in your hands, it is not a special spot.
It looks just like any other small street market in Terengganu, you’ll come across them near bus stations or such, no need to make time to specific see this one.
The morning market near the pier is much, much better.

Time to say Goodbye to Kapas, easy not to be sad, the trip will keep going!😉
Now that you’ve seen Kapas from top to bottom, how do you like it? Share with us in the comments below!❤

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The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Stunning Gemia Island is one of Malaysia’s secrets, that most have never heard of.
Luckily, we are putting the word on the streets, paradisiacal Gemia is gorgeous and is waiting for you!

Located 800 meters from Kapas Island, it fits perfectly on an island hopping vacation, but can also be the one and only star of your holidays.
Paradisiacal setting awaits lucky travelers that make their way to the small, yet enchanting island.
Great snorkeling, crystal clear water, white sand beach, and exotic scenery will be your sweet reality.

Where To Stay

There’s only one hotel located in Gemia Island, luckily it’s a nice one, you can check everything about it on the link below.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Gem Island Resort & Spa
Website: http://www.gemisland.com.my
*A dive center is available at the hotel.
**The hotel is closed for monsoon season, it will open again on March 1st, 2018.

For vegans, some of the hotel staff speaks good English, you can explain your diet preferences.
If staying at the hotel, we recommend talking about it before booking to make sure it suits your needs, as buffet style meals are served(you have the option to order a la carte but it is not included in the package prices).

What To Do

⚫Snorkeling
Great barracudas, blacktip reef sharks, magnificent sea anemone, crown-of-thorns starfish, and many other beautiful fishes and coral can be found around the island.
The hotel offers guided snorkeling packages, if you have any experience, you can definitely do it by yourself.

⚫Diving
The resort has a dive center where you can book different styles of courses or dives.
Contact the hotel to check latest prices and schedule.

⚫Kayaking
The crystal clear water makes for a beautiful kayaking experience.
Going around the island, or all the way to Kapas is easy and doable even for those without experience(if you are not a skilled swimmer, please, use a life jacket).

⚫Chill On The Beach/ Hammock Time
It is a paradisiacal island, no explanation needed.😜

⚫Turtle Watching
A turtle conservation project takes places at the hotel premises.
There’s a protected space where the eggs laid in the sand are cataloged and safe to hatch.
Also, a small pool(nearby the hotel swimming pool), where the baby turtles stay until they’re ready to be released into the sea.

⚫Exploring
There are rock formations and a few beaches to be explored around the island, there’s not an actual trek per say, but you can create your own route.

⚫Spa
Unfortunately, as it was very near to the hotel closing date for monsoon season, the spa wasn’t working when we visited.
If this is something important to you, make sure to check with the hotel beforehand.
The majority of the time though, you’ll be able to get a massage to further extend your relaxation.

How To Get There

To go directly to Gem Island, there’s a special boat schedule by Surialink company from Marang, taking 15min and costing rm75 for a round trip ticket.
Timetable:
Marang Jetty to Gem Island – departs at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00*, 15:00.
Gem Island to Marang Jetty – departs at 09:30, 11:30, 13:30*, 15:30.
* These 2 schedules are not available on Fridays only.
To see how to arrive in Marang, you can click here, where our post on “How To Get To Kapas” will explain it step-by-step.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Boats to neighbor Kapas cost only rm30 round trip, I would recommend staying at least a night in Kapas as well, if you have time.
In case you don’t want/can’t stay in Kapas, but budget is a matter, still you can come to Kapas Island first and then a smaller boat from Gem hotel can pick you up for free on a 5min ride(make sure to schedule this with the hotel, free for guests only).

If coming from Kapas, but not a guest at Gem Resort, still you can visit the island.
A short boat ride can be arranged with your hotel, or you can rent a kayak and go by yourself.
If kayaking, sea conditions should be noted and it’s advisable to wear a life jacket.

The hotel arranges private boats by request, costing rm160 one-way between 8:00-9:00am and rm198 one-way between 3:00-6:00pm.
The boat fits max 12 passengers.
If renting a private boat is something you would like/need to do, asking around Marang pier is a way to probably find lower rates on a more flexible schedule.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

Where To Next

⚫Island hopping:
Going South you can find Redang, Lang Tengah, and Perhentian Islands.
North there’s Tenggol Island.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

⚫Non-beach destinations:
To the north, Kenyir Lake, and nearby waterfalls.
South there’s Kuala Terengganu, the capital city of Terengganu state.

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

 

We adored Gemia! What about you? Share with us in the comments below!💗

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