Bodgaya Island

Details

Pulau Bodgaya, Pulau Bohey Dulang and Pulau Tetagan 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 at least 25 meters deep.

Approximately 8 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide, Bodgaya Island covers an area of 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 are no coral sand beaches here, as there are on the other nearby islands.

Beaches on Pulau Bodgaya are formed mainly from cobbles of volcanic rocks believed to be of late Tertiary (Pliocene) and Quaternary origin (up to 2.58 million years ago).

There’s an abundance of flora and fauna in the sheltered slopes and valleys of the island, where the richest vegetation and tallest trees in the area may be found. A number of freshwater streams flow along its northern end.


Things To Do

Visitors to Bodgaya Island usually stop by as part of a longer trip to nearby Pulau Bohey Dulang, one of the most popular destinations in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Snorkeling & scuba diving
Several dive resorts/operators organize snorkeling and diving day tours to Pulau Bodgaya.

Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) village
Most visitors to the island come to catch a glimpse of the Bajau Laut settlements set amidst the majestic backdrop of the mountainous Bodgaya and Bohey Dulang islands.


Accomodation

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 stay in the coastal town of Semporna, where hotels and dive packages are generally cheaper.

Alternatively, visitors also stay in Mabul, Pom Pom, Mataking, Bum Bum or Singamata, where day tours to the marine park are frequently organized.

Check this list for hotels and resorts that organize day tours to Tun Sakaran Marine Park.



Getting Here

Bodgaya is located about ±35 minutes by boat from Semporna, ±20 minutes from Pom Pom, ±30 minutes from Mataking and ±1.5 hours from Mabul.

More Information

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 heights of up to 455 meters, and to the east of this is another peak that reaches heights of up to 427 meters. Another peak (366 meters) is found on the eastern ‘arm’ of the island. The two ‘arms’ are separated by a valley, which cuts through from the island’s north to south.

Access is possible to most shorelines at high tide, but becomes increasingly difficult at low tide.