Bohey Dulang Island, the Pearl Island of Semporna

Bohey Dulang Island might not be as famous as Sipadan Island, but it is an amazing island all the same. The island is  a mountainous island as a result of an ancient volcano. Bohey Dulang Island is just beside Bodgaya Island. The only thing that separates both islands is a narrow channel.

Bohey Dulang is one of the islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park. Besides Bohey Dulang, there are Bodgaya, Maiga, Mantabuan and Sibuan, Sebangkat, Selakan and Tetagan Island that made up Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Bohey Dulang Island is nicknamed as Pearl Island, as the island used to be a pearl cultivation centre. It was even the first pearl cultivation in Malaysia, though the pearl farm was closed in 1993.

Hiking at Bohey Dulang Island

Hiking at Bohey Dulang Island

Image credit to PulauMabul.com

The island is well-known for the magnificent view of the island at the top of the peak. After an exhilarating yet refreshing one hour long climb along a 600 m trail, climbers are rewarded with the view of neighbouring Bodgaya Island, and majestic view of the blue lagoon.

View from the top of Bohey Dulang

View from the top of Bohey Dulang

Image credit to PulauMabul.com

There is also Giant Clams & Marine Invertebrate Hatchery at the island. It is a joint venture between Sabah Parks and UK’s Marine Conservation Society. At the hatchery, there are laboratory, exhibitin hall, spawning tanks, broodstock garden and open sea cage. There is also a nursery, housing hundreds of baby giant clams in tanks.

Giant clams

Giant clams

Image credit to Sabah Tourism

This island is also a perfect place for snorkelling and diving. There are over 500 species of coral reef fish, 300 species of hard and soft corals and several of sea creatures such as turtles, barracuda, eagle rays and many more around the island.

Nature is not the only thing that had attracted people to this island. Several settlements of Bajau Laut (or Sea Gypsies) people can be found around the island. The Bajau Laut people are famous for their nomadic life, and they usually live a seaborne lifestyle. Some said the Bajau Laut might be the last of the sea nomads around nowadays.

To get to Bohey Dulang Island, first you need to go to Semporna. The nearest airport would be Tawau Airport. Semporna is an hours’ drive from the airport. From Semporna, visitors need to take a boat to the island and after about 30 minutes boat ride, you will reach Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

However, there are no accommodations on this island. Tourists can either stay at Semporna, where the accommodations are cheaper than staying at other islands. Other alternatives would be staying at Mabul, Pom Pom, or Mataking Island.

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