stretches along the east coast between Kelantan to the north and
Pahang the south with a coastline of 225 kilometers. The beautiful
golden sandy beaches along the coastline are also one of the very
few nesting grounds of the Giant Leatherback Turtle.
The state of
Terengganu is blessed with some of the most beautiful islands with
the finest diving islands with the finest diving sites on the east
coast. Pulau Perhentian is the northernmost island followed by Pulau
Lang Tengah, Pulau Redang, Pulau Bidong, Pulau Kapas and Pulau
Tenggol towards the south.
The healthy coral
growth and abundant fish life owe their existence to the enforcement
and conservation programs of Department of Fisheries.
Fringing reefs are
a blend of hard corals species with patches of dendronephtnya soft
corals, whip corals and sponges growing on boulders. Seascape
terrain is either gentle slopes or plunging granite boulders, with
most dive sites accessible by boat. Currents around the reefs are
usually manageable, with the submerged reefs washed by slightly
stronger currents. Mooring buoys mark most popular dive sites around
the Marine Parks Island.
group of islands comprises of Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau
Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Serenggeh, Pulau Susu Dara Besar
and Pulau Susu Dara Kecil. These islands are located about 20
kilometres from the main land.
translated from the Malay language means stop over and word 'Besar'
means big while 'Kecil' means small. Dive operators and resorts are
located on both Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil
offering various styles of accommodation to suit the visitor's
budget and dive packages.
This rocky outcrop
islet is situated on the northwest of Pulau Perhentian Kecil and is
accessible by 30 minutes speedboat ride. The boulder like terrain
gradually slopes down to about 30 meters. Strong to mild currents
usually sweeps the boulders bringing plankton-rich nutrients and
attracts anything from pelagic to the whale shark. You can easily
cover the entire dive site without getting lost around the somewhat
triangular boulder terrain. Soft corals in all colours and sizes
carpet the seascape offering refuge for numerous small reef fish and
mollusks. The presence of smaller reef animal attracts larger
predators up the food chain. Jacks, barracudas, kingfish, black tip
sharks and nurse sharks are usually sighted.
North of Pulau Susu
Dara Besar and Kecil
Facing the open sea
front, hard and soft coral communities thrive on the rich nutrients
thrive on the rich nutrients from the sea. Soft corals are not as
plentiful as Tokong Laut. However the diving is interesting with
good water clarity and abundant reef fish. Expect to see
damselfishes, wrasses, rigger fishes and a moral eel peeping out
from its lair. You can dive close to the island along the reefs. The
fringing reef gives way to sandy terrain at about 18 meters.
‘Terumbu Tiga’ when
translated from the Malay language means three coral blocks and is
rated to be one of the top dive sites around Pulau Perhentian,
together with Tokong Laut. Situated towards the east of Pulau
Perhentian Besar, this dive site is usually washed by currents and
makes an interesting drift dive. The boulder terrain slopes down to
about 20 meters at the sandy bottom. Visibility fluctuates between 5
to 15 meters depending on the tidal changes. The granite boulders
support various soft corals, sea fans and coral whips swaying with
current. Schools of fusiliers, rainbow runners, jacks and batfishes
swim about searching for a feed. Black tip sharks can occasionally
be observe at the outer reaches of the reef.
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