About Bohey Dulang
Bohey Dulang (or also known as Boheydulong, Bohaydulong) with the size 313 hectares is the second largest island of Taman Tun Sakaran Marine Park. It is located 23 Kilometres away from Semporna.
A legend that told by the locals says there lives a beautiful princess named Salamia from Bum-Bum Island. She was hidden by her family there to avoid a forced marriage from a Sultan in the southern Philippines. Unfortunately after a few days, she vanished and believed to be hidden by the spirits of the island and turned into a pixie. Local claimed they can hear her singing and her dog will bark during the full moon. And sometimes she is seen walking around the island.
Bohey Dulang got its name from bohi(bohey) which means water and the word dulang meaning pools or depressions in Bajau language(natives people). This may refer to a series of oval rock pools, around 2-3 metres across, along the small waterfalls and main stream on the eastern side of the island.
Local says that these pools are the source for Princess Salamis for her drinking water. There is a large cave which is 40 metres high and over 20 metres long is located on the east side of Bohey Dulang too.
How to get here?
From Kota Kinabalu, you may need to take a bus from Terminal Inanam to Semporna which the journey will take around 8-9 hours. Or you can choose to go there by flight to Tawau which will take around 75 minutes of journey. And from Tawau you need to take another bus to Semporna.
From Semporna, you have to take a boat and it will take another 35 minutes before reach there.
But believe me! You won’t regret once you reached here. The island itself will welcome you with its blue ocean.
The Best Time to visit Bohey Dulang are from February to April (the dry months). If you visit during wetter months like July, August, December and January, your trip would have higher chance of being spoiled by heavy rainstorm of monsoon seasons, or not, it depends on your luck.
Things to do
You need to climb a 600-Meter nature trail to reach the peak with a height of 265 Meters, which normally takes 40 minutes. The climb can be a bit challenging after rain, because some steep areas will become slippery and muddy. If you plan to climb this hill, please bring a proper walking shoe. And bring some drinking water as it is warm and humid in the forest and hot on the peak.
In 1933, Bohey Dulang Island was declared as a Bird Sanctuary, a status that was revoked as a preliminary for the establishment of the marine park. Nowadays, Bohey Dulang is still a bird paradise for the bird watchers where species like black-naped fruit doves, owls, hornbills, partridges and babblers are freely roam the area.
Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) Village
Most tourists that come to the island come to catch a glimpse of the Bajau Laut settlements set amid the majestic backdrop of the mountainous Bodgaya and Bohey Dulang Island.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Tun Sakaran Marine Park is located in Coral Triangle also known as Amazon of the Sea, which it supports one of the richest marine ecological zones in Malaysia. There are 528 species of coral reef fish are found in the park which it is much more than Sipadan Island(409), Redang(209), and Tioman (233). Full with over 320 species of hard and soft corals, and variety of sea creatures such as eagle rays, barracuda, and turtles, this park is well known as a scuba diving and snorkelling site
There are no any hotels or resorts on Bohey Dulang or on any of the other island within Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
Most visitors to the island stay in the coastal town of Semporna, where accommodation and dive packages are cheap.
Alternatively, visitors also stay in Mabul, Pom Pom, Mataking or Singamata and are brought in by boat.