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Lingering at Lang Tengah Island

By Anis Rozalina Ramli

On the 45-minute boat journey from Merang, Terengganu, it was evident which of the many islands on the horizon belonged to Pulau Lang Tengah. It was the only one circled by a lone eagle, or lang, in flight.

The island’s geographical location, sandwiched between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang, explains the other part of its name.

Like the middle child in a family, Pulau Lang Tengah does suffer somewhat from the middle child syndrome. It is often overlooked in favor of Pulau Redang’s famous marine park and Pulau Perhentian’s Long Beach – both having earned a following among tourists and backpackers from foreign countries.

When it comes to Pulau Lang Tengah, even the locals in Terengganu could only offer a blank stare as to its location.

Beautiful Rock formation on Pulau Lang Tengah

Well, perhaps, this disregard is not such a bad thing because, in the end, it puts Pulau Lang Tengah where it should be – left for the quiet enjoyment of those who truly appreciate the peaceful nature of this secluded gem in the South China Sea. Because unlike its siblings, Pulau Lang Tengah is best enjoyed unhurriedly, like that slow sip of fine champagne or the melting of a truly fine piece of chocolate on the tongue.

Without the crowd of lounging backpackers, swaggering divers, and tired-looking families, you get the sense that the island is all yours. There is no one around to block the sun while you sunbathe, no one to elbow at the buffet counter, no one to fight with over the last deck chair. With only a handful of resort operators spaced out on separate beaches on the island, there really is space for you to breathe and relax, whether on land or in the water.

Of course, when in the water, you might have to jostle about with the schools of fish, but again, that’s not a bad thing. Not when you have colorful parrot fish, silver needlefish, and sergeant fish coming up close to inspect their new swimming partner.

With just a mask, fins and, for safety, a life jacket, one can already enjoy what Pulau Lang Tengah serves up best – abundant marine life in its beautiful blue waters. Most resort operators here offer full-board package deals that already include a few snorkeling trips around the island.

Snorkeling off the beach easily offers encounters with colourful fish and corals. With a boat, snorkelers can explore the underwater world at other parts around the island like Batu Bulan, Karang Nibong and Blue Coral where the best snorkeling sites are Fry fish, silvery pompano, red-breasted Maori wrasse, snapper and masked rabbitfish are among the common underwater denizens. The various types of coral here include a table, boulder, brain, cabbage and staghorn corals.

There have been sightings of blacktip sharks around the rocky outcrops in the sea by snorkelers. Harmless, the guys at the dive shop say. Still, a close encounter with this shark may stir memories of another dorsal fin that struck fear in many. Besides spotting a shark or two, the other highlight would be to see turtles coming up to lay eggs on the beach at Turtle Bay. It happens but is a rare occasion. Guests can check with the resort operator for details.

For an even closer look at the underwater world, there is diving to be done. Most of the resorts on the island have their own dive shop with PADI-certified dive guides. The ten or so dive sites around the island are colourful feasts for the eyes.

So yes, despite being the hidden gem that it is, Pulau Lang Tengah has plenty to keep its guests occupied. But then, who cares about all that when you’ve come to escape from it all.

 

 

 

 

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10 best dive locations in Malaysia

Where can we find a best dive spots in Malaysia?

Malaysia has countless good dive locations. The best dive sites in Malaysia can be found in a southeastern segment of Sabah (on a island of Borneo). Easiest to strech are a dive sites during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia, yet this segment is disposed to a yearly monsoon deteriorate between Oct and March. Below a top10, formed on a dive conditions, bio-diversity and attractiveness.

1. Sipadan Island, Mabul Island and Kapalai Island

Diving during Sipadan Island in Malaysia

These 3 islands substantially enclose a best dive sites in a whole of Malaysia. Sipadan is by distant a best place to suffer scuba diving; it is also not that easy to indeed dive during given of a restricting manners that are in place (daily permit). Mabul is famous worldwide for a extraordinary plod diving conditions. Kapalai is a tiny silt bank, not that good for diving, yet here we can find a unequivocally disdainful review built on stilts. Actually both Sipadan and Mabul acquire their possess mark in this list, yet given we can’t revisit one (Sipadan) yet a other (Mabul) we usually listed a whole cluster as one entry.

2. Lankayan Island

Whale shark sighting during Lankayan Island in Malaysia

A tiny island located north of a city of Sandakan in eastern Sabah. Lankayan usually has one (luxurious) review and it’s all about diving and relaxing. Accommodation competence be utterly costly for non-divers, they competence be improved off during countless other islands. After Sipadan, Lankayan substantially offers a best dive spots and diving conditions in Malaysia.

3. Layang-Layang Island

Diving during Layang-Layang Island in Malaysia

Layang-Layang is not a pleasant island per se. It is a petrify alighting frame with one review and a sea base, located on a large silt bank located usually next sea level. Layang-Layang is located in a remote area, where a underwater universe has not been influenced by tellurian beings. Corals are in primitive conditions. Layang-Layang is a place to see large class and large schools of fish (not so most smaller stuff).

4. Mataking Island, Pom Island and Sibuan Island

Diving during Sibuan Island in Malaysia

Though not as good as diving conditions during a circuitously islands of Sipadan and Mabul, a area surrounding Mataking, Pom and Sibuan still offers utterly a few extraordinary dive sites (especially Sibuan is famous for good plod diving). Mataking is a smashing place to stay. There is a unequivocally lush review from where we can suffer dive trips in a area.

5. Redang Island

Diving during Redang Island in Malaysia

Redang is a initial island in a list that is not located in Borneo. Redang Island lies within a Terengganu Marine Park, circuitously a city of Kuala Terengganu during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia. Redang offers good dive sites and ideal dive conditions. It is a good place to start with your diving adventure, as prices of a 4 day PADI march are unequivocally affordable. Redang can't be visited between Oct and Mar given of a monsoon season.

6. Lang Tengah Island

Diving during Lang Tengah Island in Malaysia

Located between a some-more renouned islands of Redang and Perhentian, a smaller island of Lang Tengah offers good diving opportunities. The island has a few good resorts, and is also suitable for non-divers. Lang Tenggah can't be visited between Oct and Mar given of a monsoon season.

7. Tenggol Island

Diving during Tenggol Island in Malaysia

Tenggol Island is located during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia. It offers superb diving conditions, yet it is maybe not suitable for beginners due to a currents that mostly play a large purpose in dives around a island. There are a few good resorts on a island. Tenggol can't be visited between Oct and Mar given of a monsoon season.

8. Tioman Island (and a approximate islands)

Diving conditions during Tioman are identical to a other renouned islands during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia. Especially good about Tioman is that besides diving it is also a good place to do snorkeling, sunbathing and kayaking. The island is large adequate to do countless other fun activities. Possible downside competence be that is not that easy to strech compared to other islands (unless we are peaceful to compensate dearly for a approach KL – Tioman moody operated by Berjaya Air).

9. Perhentian Island

Diving during Perhentian Island in Malaysia

Perhentian is a best island in Malaysia to do a diving course. The diving conditions are superb for beginners, and there are many dive spots accessible to suffer immediately after finishing a PADI course. Perhentian has ease waters and an contentment of sea life. Besides diving it is substantially one of a best islands for snorkeling, with shoal reefs with flattering good corals and good sea life (also large fish and many turtles). At Perhentian prices for fun dives and for a diving march are substantially a lowest in Malaysia. If we are a beginner, Perhentian Island is unequivocally a place to be!

10. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Diving during Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Malaysia

Right conflicting of a city of Kota Kinabalu in western Sabah (Borneo) lies a smashing Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TAR Marine Park). This area contains countless dive sites that are unequivocally value a visit. Dive schools generally work from out of Kota Kinabalu, yet there are also a few that are located on a islands. Similar to Perhentian Island this is a good place to start diving by doing a 4 day PADI march as a dive conditions are optimal for beginners.

Dive locations in Malaysia that roughly done it into a top10

Of march there are many other good places to dive in Malaysia, next a few that didn’t make it to a top10, yet are still unequivocally most value a revisit (especially if we take certain non-dive aspects into consideration):

11. Mantanani Island; a tiny bit improved than TAR Marine Park yet also a bit some-more remote located.

12. Kapas Island; good option, tiny island, easy to strech from Kuala Terengganu. Many (better) dive sites during circuitously islands though.

13. Talang-Talang Island; tiny island circuitously Kuching. Not unequivocally a eminent dive spot, yet competence turn one in a future.

14. Tiga Island; renouned island circuitously Kota Kinabalu. Better dive sites during a easterly seashore of Sabah, yet still some unequivocally good sites.

15. Mengalum Island; if we are usually staying around Kota Kinabalu.

16. Pulau Payar; your best choice if we are usually visiting a west seashore of Peninsular Malaysia.

And some turtle islands (for those that do not dive):

17. Selingan Island (Turtle Island circuitously Sandakan); not unequivocally a ideal dive spot, yet a best place to revisit to learn some-more about turtles.

18. Satang Island (Turtle Island circuitously Kuching); another turtle island in Malaysia.

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