The southernmost of Terengganu's Marine Parks, the Tenggol group of islands is far enough offshore to have strong currents and deep clear water for exciting diving.

The underwater topography is of boulders carpeted with soft and stony corals, encrusting corals and sponges. The visibility is good, but the strong currents encourage drift diving.

Due to strong currents, in some areas rounded boulders of all sizes are worn smooth with only occasional encrusting growth, a scene alien to Malaysian waters. Although bare at first glimpse, the nooks and crannies are in fact teeming with life.

Outstanding here are the great variety and unbelievable numbers of colourful Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus Sp.) and nudibranchs. Christmas Tree Worms are extremely sensitive, normally retreating instantly into their tube at the slightest vibration or a passing shadow. Yet here you find many Striped Triplefins (Helcogramma striata) actually resting on these worms and returning to them regularly without causing them to retract. I have never seen this incredible behaviour elsewhere.

The wide variety of nudibranchs found here include large numbers of Spanish Dancers (Hexabranchus Sp.), which are not as large as those found in the remote reefs in the centre of the South China Sea.
















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