Often have we heard about Sipadan and its majestic underwater realm that has always been rated as one of the best dive sites in the world yet little do we know of the hidden gems of Semporna and today we are going to give you a small instruction of several islands that has fascinated us.
Sibuan Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands of the Celebes Sea. It is part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park (also known as Semporna Islands Park) and there are no resort on the island and a few sea gypsies live on the island. Don't forget to bring enough sunscreen, water and snacks with you when you visit the island. A visit to Sibuan Island is usually part of a day trip from Semporna. Sibuan is especially great for snorkeling and a perfect place for learning scuba diving and its dive sites are home to numerous species of anemonefish.
Bohey Dulang Island is a mountainous island formed by the remnants of an ancient volcano. The name Bohey Dulang is derived from “Bohi” which means water and “Dulang” which means pools in the “Bajau” language, one of the ethnics in Sabah. This may have been taken by series of rock pools along the small waterfalls and main freshwater stream on the island. Bohey Dulang offers breathtaking sea-view at the top of its peak; the sea-view is clearly one of the most beautiful in Malaysia. This island is also a natural habitat of some species of birds and the Giant Clams & Marine Invertebrate Hatchery is based here. Underwater, Bohey Dulang is slightly murkier and visibility is lower as compared to the other islands which makes it perfect for muck-diving.
Bodgaya Island is the largest island in and forms part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. Bodgaya, together with Boheydulang Island and the surrounding reefs are remnants of an extinct volcano. Unlike the other islands, there are no coral sand beaches here. 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 are found. Bodgaya Island is home to the "Bajau Laut"; the native sea gypsies. Most visitors to the island come to catch a glimpse of the Bajau Laut water-village set amidst the majestic backdrop of the mountainous Bodgaya and Bohey Dulang islands.
Mantabuan Island is the smallest island in Tun Sakaran Marine Park and the island is mostly submerged. The island is home to a small community of friendly sea gypsies. Mantabuan boasts of an unsurpassed underwater visibility in its area and its dive sites abundant in healthy and growing hard corals. Mantabuan underwater is vivid and colourful and is home to the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle. Sighting of the spectacular Blue spotted stingray is virtually guaranteed here in our amazing little Mantabuan.
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