During the years of 1978 to 1985, Pulau Bidong was a symbol of ASEAN solidarity and hospitality by the government of Malaysia, as it accommodated refugees fleeing Vietnam after the war. If once, it was the safe sanctuary of these refugees, today, after being abandoned for years, the island has nursed itself into a glorious haven for marine life! The island, situated in Terengganu, is about 1 square kilometre in area, with huge potential as a recreational and diving site. The beauty is beyond doubt. The water is clear with visibility of more than 15 meters and many of the areas are untouched or under-publicised in comparison to other dive sites in Terengganu. Pulau Bidong and its six neigbouring islands like Pulau Karah, Pulau Gelok and Pulau Tengkorak have numerous notable dive areas. The average depth of these sites are from 10 to 20 meters with the deepest being the one near Pulau Tengkorak at about 27 meters. The last is said to be one of the best sites available.

Man-made structures erected at Heritage Row area have now become homes and shelters to colourful marine life, adding to the amazing array of biodiversity in these waters. Need a dive buddy? Not to worry as turtles or Big Eye Snappers and many more reef fishes will happily accompany you around! To get to the island, it takes 40 to 50 minutes by boat from Kuala Terengganu or Merang town. Easily book a tour package with a registered company (you’ll find plenty of them at the jetty) – these are about RM380 for a day-trip inclusive of lunch.

This October 6 to 8, Pulau Bidong will mark its name in the Malaysia Book of Records. YB Datuk Mas Ermieyanti Samsudin, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, will lead a group of divers in an attempt to establish a national record of the Longest Underwater Human Chain by Scuba Divers in Pulau Bidong. In a press conference held at Bukit Kiara in early September, Datuk Mas Ermieyanti said that the collaboration would make Pulau Bidong known as a great dive site to the world. The organiser, Scubatex, said that the programme will see a targetted 200 divers attempt the biggest human chain by holding each other’s hands for as far as one kilometre. The excercise needs a lot of coordination, patience as well a bit of luck!

Getting Here

By Boat
Begin your island-hopping To get to the island, it takes 40 to 50 minutes by boat from Kuala Terengganu or Merang town. Easily book a tour package with a registered company (you’ll find plenty of them at the jetty).

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