Amid the times of 1978 to 1985, Pulau Bidong was an image of ASEAN solidarity and cordiality by the administration of Malaysia, as it suited outcasts escaping Vietnam after the war. Assuming once, it was the protected asylum of these evacuees, today, in the wake of being relinquished for a considerable length of time, the island has breast fed itself into a radiant safe house for marine life! The island, arranged in Terengganu, is around 1 square kilometer in territory, with colossal potential as a recreational and plunging site. The magnificence is certain. The water is clear with perceivability of more than 15 meters and a significant number of the ranges are untouched or under-advertised in contrast with other jump locales in Terengganu. Pulau Bidong and its six neigbouring islands like Pulau Karah, Pulau Gelok and Pulau Tengkorak have various prominent plunge ranges. The normal profundity of these destinations are from 10 to 20 meters with the most profound being the one close Pulau Tengkorak at around 27 meters. The latter is said to be outstanding amongst other destinations accessible.
Man-made structures raised at Heritage Row region have now progressed toward becoming homes and havens to beautiful marine life, adding to the stunning exhibit of biodiversity in these waters. Need a plunge amigo? Not to stress as turtles or Big Eye Snappers and numerous more reef fishes will joyfully go with you around! To get to the island, it takes 40 to 50 minutes by vessel from Kuala Terengganu or Merang town. Effectively book a visit bundle with an enlisted organization (you’ll discover a lot of them at the breakwater) – these are about RM380 for a day-trip comprehensive of lunch.
This October 6 to 8, Pulau Bidong will stamp its name in the Malaysia Book of Records. YB Datuk Mas Ermieyanti Samsudin, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, will lead a gathering of jumpers trying to set up a national record of the Longest Underwater Human Chain by Scuba Divers in Pulau Bidong. In a question and answer session held at Bukit Kiara toward the beginning of September, Datuk Mas Ermieyanti said that the joint effort would make Pulau Bidong known as an awesome jump site to the world. The coordinator, Scubatex, said that the program will see a targetted 200 jumpers endeavor the greatest human chain by holding each other’s hands similar to one kilometer. The excercise needs a great deal of coordination, tolerance also a touch of good fortune!