45 miles from Terengganu
Fifty miles north of Kuantan is the small offshore island of Pulau Tenggol. This anchorage is deep in 15-20 metres on a sandy bottom off the cul-de-sac Telok Ayer Tanwah (Fresh Water Bay), mid west coast. Ashore is the Tenggol Coral Beach Resort, owner of some moorings for visiting yachts. This is a good stopover for the night.
The resort accepts outside guests at its restaurant and will arrange dive trips to the best local dive sites. The best diving and snorkelling is just two miles north at Pulau Nyireh 4°50.541N, 103°39.670E and Pulau Tokong Burong 4°51.725N, 103°39.504E.
There are commercial moorings at these sites but they’re light tackle for speedboats. Best anchor off in 12-18 metres or stay in the resort bay and take one of their trips for far less hassle.
If this anchorage is uncomfortable (as it often is) there’s better shelter 34 miles further north at Pulau Kapas. This small island is just three miles east of Marang Town River on the mainland with the failed breakwaters, 10 miles south of Terengganu. Anchor or pick up a mooring in the better sheltered north bay at 5°13.677N, 103°15.727E directly south of Pulau Gumia, which has a run-down resort and turtle hatchery.
When conditions permit, you can access two resorts with white sand beaches, protected by fringing reef further south. Anchor 150 metres west of the south resort jetty in 6-8 metres. Daily ferries run back to Marang river and can be booked at the resort reception.
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