Bohey Dulang is a mountainous island formed by the remnants of an ancient volcano.
The crater forming Bohey Dulang is now flooded with seawater creating a large, majestic lagoon 25m 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.
Accommodation & day tours
There are no major hotels or resorts on Pulau Bohey Dulang, or any of the other islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
Things to do
Besides snorkeling and diving, other things to do here include:
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 (353m).
Majestic views of the sapphire blue lagoon await those who make it through the hour-long climb, for which visitors are advised to wear shoes.
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 rare giant clams are bred.
Pulau Bohey Dulang was declared a bird sanctuary in 1933, a status that was revoked in 1978 as a preliminary to the establishment of the marine park.
Today, the area is still a paradise for birdwatchers where species including black-naped fruit doves, owls, hornbills, partridges and babblers freely roam the area.
Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) settlements
The island is known for its population of Sea Gypsies, who’re some of the most photographed around the marine park.
Bohey Dulang can be reached by visitors from:
- Bum Bum (±15 minutes)
- Semporna (±35 minutes)
- Pom Pom(±20 minutes)
- Mataking (±30 minutes)
- Mabul (±1.5 hours).
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 (353m), 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.