Bohey Dulang Island

Details

Bohey Dulang is a mountainous island formed by the remnants of an ancient volcano.

It is separated from Bodgaya, the biggest island in Tun Sakaran Marine Park, by a shallow channel.

The crater forming Bohey Dulang is now flooded with seawater creating a large, majestic lagoon 25 meters deep.

The southern side of the lagoon is open, but just below the aqua-coloured water’s surface is a long stretch of coral reef representing the southern crater rim.

Bohey Dulang is best known for the breathtaking views at the top of its peak, bird watching and the Giant Clams and Marine Invertebrate Hatchery.

The island is also known for its population of Sea Gypsies, who’re some of the most photographed in and around the marine park.


Things To Do

1. Hiking
Prepare to be greeted by a host of tropical flora and fauna during the arduous but rewarding hiking trail to the top of Bohey Dulang Peak (353 meters).

Majestic views of the sapphire blue lagoon await those who make it through the hour long climb.

Visitors are advised to wear shoes for the hike to the top.

2. Giant Clam and Marine Invertebrate Hatchery
Also well worth a visit is the Tun Sakaran Marine Research Unit’s Giant Clam and Marine Invertebrate Hatchery, where up to 7 different species of rare giant clams are bred.

3. Bird watching
Pulau Bohey Dulang was declared a bird sanctuary in 1933, a status that was revoked in 1978 as a preliminary for the establishment of the marine park.

Today, the area is still a paradise for bird watchers where species including black-naped fruit doves, owls, hornbills, partridges and babblers freely roam the area.

4. Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) settlements
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.

5. Snorkeling & scuba diving
Several dive resorts/operators organize snorkeling and diving day tours to the island.


Bohey Dulang Accommodation

There are no hotels or resorts on Pulau Bohey Dulang, 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, Bum Bum, Mataking 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

Bohey Dulang is located about ±35 minutes by speedboat from Semporna, ±20 minutes from Pom Pom, ±30 minutes from Mataking and ±1.5 hours from Mabul.

Understand

There is a ridge running along the length of the island, which has three separate peaks. The peak at the southern end is the highest (353 meters), with a radio mast on top.

It is possible to walk round the island at low tide by following the narrow fringe of beach and mangrove, although in places this involves scrambling over rocks or through vegetation.

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