Bodgaya Island, Bohey Dulang Island and Tetagan Island together form a semi-circular group of islands marking part of the rim of a large, ancient volcanic crater.
The crater is now flooded with seawater forming a majestic, blue lagoon 25-50m deep.
Bodgaya Island is about 8km long and 1.5km wide (796.4 hectares), making it the largest of the eight islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
It has three peaks between 366 and 455 meters in height, where the ground slopes steeply upwards from the shore.
There’s an abundance of flora and fauna in the sheltered slopes and valleys of Bodgaya, where the richest vegetation and tallest trees in the area may be found. A number of freshwater streams flow along the north end of the island.
There are no coral sand beaches here, as there are on the other islands nearby.
Beaches on Bodgaya Island are formed mainly from cobbles of volcanic rocks. These rocks are believed to be of late Tertiary (Pliocene) and Quaternary origin (up to 2.58 million years ago).
Things To Do
I. Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Several dive resorts/operators organize snorkeling and diving day tours to Pulau Bodgaya.
II. Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) Village
Most visitors to Pulau Bodgaya come to catch a glimpse of the Bajau Laut settlements set amidst the majestic backdrop of the mountainous Bodgaya and Bohey Dulang islands.
There are no hotels or resorts on Bodgaya Island or any of the other islands within Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
Most visitors to the island prefer to stay in the coastal town of Semporna, where accommodation and dive packages are cheap.
The crater rim formed by the 3 islands continues underwater as part of an extensive belt of coral reefs (the Southern Rim reef) between the southern points of Bohey Dulang and Tetagan.
The island terrain is rugged with precipitous faces and wooded valleys with volcanic rock exposed in many places. Mangrove is established along much of the coastal fringe.
There are two peaks on the western ‘arm’ of the island. The main one (Mt Bodgaya) reaches a height of 455m, and to the east of this is a peak that reaches a height of 427m. Another peak (366m) is found on the eastern ‘arm’ of the island. The two ‘arms’ are separated by a valley, which cuts through from the north to the south side of the island.
Access is possible to most shorelines at high tide, but becomes increasingly difficult at low tide.