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North of Mersing & Kuantan

Terengganu breakwaters
Terengganu breakwaters and river | Photo by Bill O’Leary

90 miles north of Mersing is Kuantan, the next main fishing port on this coast. The river is navigable but subject to frequent depth changes. Entering should only be attempted at high tide; following a local vessel through the sandbar is recommended.

Anchorage is possible either side of the river or tie up to another vessel already alongside the many jetties. Further up the river at 3°48.503N, 103°20.075E, anchor just before the bridge in 3-4 metres opposite the commercial fishing pier and blue and white marine department building.

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Pulau Tenggol chart
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45 miles from Terengganu

PULAU TENGGOL, WEST BAY. 4°48.518N, 103°40.537E

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.

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Terengganu Harbour and Marina chart
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260 miles from Singapore


Forty miles north of Pulau Tenggol is the thriving oil and gas port of Kuala Terengganu. The main activity was fishing until the 1980s, when oil and gas fields began to be developed in the Gulf of Thailand.

Now the major east coast supply port for the Malaysian oil industry, the government recently completed construction of a mile long crab-claw-like reclamation breakwater sheltering the harbour. This makes Terengganu the most protected spot on the entire east coast of the Khra Isthmus, but beware the rock breakwater exacerbates the north south currents which can reach three knots across the entrance mid tide.

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Terengganu Marina, Malaysia
Terengganu Marina | Photo by Bill O’Leary

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