Overlooking the South China Sea on Malaysia's east coast, the state of Terengganu has a stretch of beautiful beaches, lush virgin tropical jungle, quaint fishing villages, dazzling waterfalls and spectacular islands. The peace and serenity are the main attraction for visitors as well as scuba diving and turtle watching.
The panoramic, untouched beaches of Terengganu extend 150 miles from Kemaman in the south to Besut in the north. The Tanjong Jara Resort resides on the shores of Dungun, a quiet coastal fishing town where powdery sands and crystal clear azure waters provide a haven for a relaxing beach holiday. The beaches around Dungun also annually attract giant leatherback turtles and the sight of these giant creatures lumbering slowly on the sands to lay their eggs is truly memorable.
Nearby Tenggol Island is an hour from Dungun jetty by speedboat and is particularly popular with dive enthusiasts as it offers over 20 dive sites. The waters around the scenic Perhentian Islands are equally as inviting to both divers and snorkelers with colourful coral gardens, scorpion fish, stingrays, black tip reef sharks among the marine life. Other activities in the area include mountain biking, jungle trekking, canoeing and rafting.
The state capital, Kuala Terengganu, has a few sights of its own, including the old town with its lively central Market, the adjacent old Chinatown quarter, the State Museum Complex and Pulau Duyung, where the city's maritime heritage can be seen. The region is known for its traditional handicrafts, such as batik, silk, brocade and brassware, while the local delicacy is Nasi Dagang, a mix of rice with coconut milk and eaten with tuna curry and light vegetable pickles.
- Turtle watching
- Island hopping
- Snorkelling and diving