Tasik Kenyir

Tasik Kenyir or  Kenyir Lake is located in the district of Hulu Terengganu and is the biggest man-made lake in South East Asia, spanning an area of 209,199 hectares. This lake shares a common border with Kelantan in the west and Pahang in the south. There are over 340 islands on this lake and more than 14 waterfalls. Rivers and rapids are a common sight on this exotic getaway holiday destination.

Freshwater fishes can be found in abundance here as the lake with a catchment area of 38,000 hectares makes it a perfect habitat for fishes to thrive. Here are some of the activities that you can do while enjoying the tranquility of the beauty of Kenyir Lake.


Whether you are new to fishing or an experienced angler, this lake is the perfect spot to get some freshwater fish. Thereare over 300 species of fishes that make their home here. The protruding dead trees as a result of the man-made lake isan ideal breeding ground for these fishes. Some of the species of fish that you can find here include:

  • Kelah, also known as Malaysian Mahseer
  • Lampam Sungai or barboides
  • Toman or Snakehead
  • Kawan or Friendly barb
  • Kalui or Gaint Gouramy
  • Kelisa or Green Arowana

Some fishing spots that you may want to explore include Leban, Petuang, Cacing and Saok.

Video of freshwater fishing in Kenyir Lake. This 2kg Sebarau is a common fish that you can get while visiting this lake.


Have a picnic at some of the many Waterfalls here. The more popular waterfalls have facilities such as washrooms and restareas that have been cleared. Lasir Waterfalls is located 16km or 30 minutes boat ride away from Pengkalan Gawi, the main gateway to the lake. This waterfall is about 500 feet high and is surrounded by lush greeneries and rocks, typical scene of a tropical rainforest.

Saok Waterfalls is another waterfall that is about 15 minutes boat ride away from Pengkalan Gawi. This waterfall has cascading waters over its rocky terraces. There is a flat sandy area at the foot of the waterfall that makes it an ideal place for a time of picnic with your family or friends.

Tembat Waterfalls consists of 5 rapids of fast flowing cascades. This waterfall is about an hour boat ride from PengkalanGawi. It has a large area for camping and is one of the most popular camping site. There is a trail that leads to the top of the fall.

Herbs Park

Taman Herba Tasik Kenyir is a park with over 200 species of traditional herbal species. Species that are planted at the15.8 hectares land include Tongkat Ali, Kacip Fatimah, Misai Kucing, Mas Cotak and Haji Samad. Located about 7km or 10 minutes boat ride from Pengkalan Gawi. Most of these herbs have medicinal values and you can savour some of the herbalbeverages here.


A good view of Tasik Kenyir can be seen at the Bewah and Taat limestone hills. Taat has 3 caves with the lower cave knownas Tok Bidan Cave submerged under water. Archaeologists have found some artefacts dating back to the Neolithic era. You will be able to see the spectacular formation of stalagmites and stalactites inside these caves. The caves are aboutan hour and a half by boat from Pengkalan Gawi.


There are many accommodation here that you can stay ranging from rooms, chalets, dorms to bungalows.

  • Kenyir Lake View Resort with 136 rooms
  • Petang Island Resort with 27 chalets
  • Kenyir Sanctuary Resort with 43 chalets
  • Lake Land Resort with 22 chalets
  • Uncle John Resort with 22 rooms
  • Musang Kenyir Resort with 15 chalets
  • Tanjong Mentong Resort with 8 chalets and 1 dorm
  • Federal Government Resthouse with 10 bungalows
  • Kenyir Lake Resort with 42 bungalows

Water Sports

Water sports activities such as canoeing, boating, kayaking, rafting and rapid shootings are some of the outdoor activitiesthat you can do here. The annual Kengir Regatta and Telematch is held here.


See the video of the cruise on Kenyir Lake. Notice the tranquility of the lake surrounded by mountains and lush greenery.

Getting To Tasik Kenyir

If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur, use the Karak Highway to Jerangau-Jabor Highway where you will reach Ajil. From Ajil,drive towards Kuala Berang and you will reach Pengkalan Jawi which is about 55 km away from Ajil.

Public bus can also be taken from Hentian Putra, Kuala Lumpur direct to Tasik Kenyir for a fare of about RM35.

Call Tel +6 03 4044 4276 for enquiry.

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