Bohey Dulang – Semporna Islands Marine Park

Actually the real name of the Marine Park is the Tun Sakaran Marine Park (the name of a past political leader), but I didn’t actually hear anyone call it that…

We went there courtesy of Sabah Parks, able to stay in their facilities, taken by their staff in their boats – a real privilege not given to the public. We were part of a scientific team from the university (UMS). I cannot thank the Park Staff enough for this wonderful experience.


The islands of the park are mostly part of an ancient volcanic rim; the crater is now filled with sea water and corals. The island we stayed on is called Bohey Dulang, or Water Tray. That picture of a rock on the beach near where we stayed (taller than a man) is part of the volcanic evidence…


The first pix are the whole park area from a distance, then closing in…

People who lived in the park before are permitted to stay and use the seas in sustainable ways; fishing is not permitted by outsiders.

The red-roofed building at the foot of the cliffs is the Sabah Parks complex, where we stayed.

Today’s post is just to whet your appetite. More to come…


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