Tenggol Aqua Resort is the first to arrive on the beautiful shoreline of Pulau Tenggol. It is the biggest and most well-equipped among the three resorts flanking the sandy stretch of Teluk Air Tawar. The resort is built mostly on natural timbers to create a unique village-style living experience for its many guests.
Boat journey from Kuala Dungun takes about 45 minutes on a speed boat or close to two hours on a slow fishing boat.
The accommodation can best be summarised into semi-detached Hill Chalets, semi-detached Beach Chalets and Beach Bungalows. In total, there are close to 20 room units, making it the biggest resort in Pulau Tenggol. Each type of room is equipped with air-conditioner and attached bathroom.
Upon arrival, I was assigned to a Beach Chalet, which I found to be very basic at best. There are three single beds arranged in the room instead of one queen-size bed that I normally prefer. The air-conditioner unit was not working due to an electrical socket problem. It was duly acknowledged by the resort owner and I was upgraded to a Beach Bungalow later in the evening. The upgrade was a much-needed respite as I was generally pleased with the bigger room setup. A queen-size bed is neatly placed under a mosquito net. The large bed opens out to an outdoor balcony, from which fabulous view of Teluk Air Tawar can be enjoyed. The bathroom is also spacious with clear demarcations for wash basin, toilet bowl and hot shower.
Other resort facilities include a simple dining outlet where daily meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, and a dive centre operated by Discovery Divers, from which snorkeling equipment can be rented as well.
One thing to note is that the resort normally switches off its diesel generator from 1100hrs to 1700hrs, hence it is almost futile to stay inside your room without the air-conditioner running. Patrons normally are seen frolicking on the beautiful beach of Teluk Air Tawar, or hanging out on the open-air balconies for a good shot of soothing ocean breeze, or just sit back at the restaurant where free-flow of coffee and tea can be self-servingly prepared. The bulk of guests are normally off for scuba diving trips anyway, hence the lack of electric supply during the day is probably not much of an issue.
The resort is fronting the white sandy beach of Teluk Air Tawar, which I find to be extremely beautiful. There is a host of activities that can be done on the beach, such as snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Round-the-island snorkeling trips can also be arranged by the resort.
Pulau Tenggol hosts a great selection of dive sites. During my visit, I did two dive trips at Tokong Timur and Tanjung Api.
There are two main packages offered by Tenggol Aqua Resort. Both packages have a minimum stay of 3D2N with options for extension nights. On twin-sharing basis, 3D2N Leisure Package costs RM360 per person for Beach Chalets, or RM510 per person for Bungalow Chalets. The resort also offers 3D2N Diving Package that costs RM640 per person for Beach Chalets, or RM790 per person for Bungalow Chalets. The 3D2N Diving Package comes with five boat dive trips inclusive of air tanks and weights only. Full set of diving equipment can be rented at RM70 per day, which I found somewhat exorbitant.
All packages are inclusive of return boat transfer from Kuala Dungun and back, three meals per day and choices of accommodation.