Explore the amazing islands of Bohey Dulang, Mantabuan and Sibuan in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park that rivals the Great Barrier Reef in marine life richness in this snorkelling and exploring adventure!
Mabul / Kapalai Snorkelling Excursion
Get up close and personal with the marvelous sea critters in Mabul Island waters and bask in the beauty of the vibrant coral reefs. Parrotfish, schools of barracudas and if you’re lucky, friendly sea turtles are some of the amazing sea creatures you can see when snorkelling in the crystalline blue oceans of Mabul Island. However, you only have from approximately 9 am till 4 pm to get your fill of the marvelous Mabul Island waters so savour every moment.
If you need a break from water activities you can relieve your stress while laying on the smooth, sandy beach of Mabul Island and bask in the warmth of the year-round summer Sun. Feel the cooling breeze and sounds of the waves crashing on the stunning beach and gaze at the sparkling view of its waters.
Kapalai Island is one part of the famous Golden Triangle, also consisting of the Sipadan and Mabul Islands. Despite its name, Kapalai Island is actually an artificial “island” made up of a sandbar which resorts have built on. The artificial reef in front of the resort makes a perfect habitat for the majestic sea creatures, which is the reason for the island’s high sightings of giant sea turtles. You can also experience true peace and serenity while gazing at the beauty of the island’s sparkling, deep blue waters.
Bohey Dulang Island Hopping
The Tun Sakaran Marine Park is located off the coast of Semporna and represents the largest marine park in Sabah that covers 340 square kilometres across eight beautiful islands featuring beautiful sceneries and a diverse marine life ecosystem. Situated at the entrance to Darvel Bay, off the East coast of Sabah near the town of Semporna, it takes about 45 minutes by speedboat from the jetty of this small town to the park. Our adventure will take you three of these beautiful islands, namely Bohey Dulang, Mantabuan and Sibuan islands.
The second largest of the islands within the vicinity, Bohey Dulang features a beautiful emerald lagoon that was once a part of an extinct volcanic crater. First up on our list and it is famous on the island, is a beautiful hiking trail that offers a fantastic 360-degree view of the surroundings. The Sea Gypsies, locally known as the Bajau Laut also inhabit the islands of Bohey Dulang and Bodgaya. Their nomadic and water-bound lifestyle is a subject of interest to ordinary tourists as well as anthropologists. The island also houses a giant clam hatchery that breeds rare species of giant clams, along with the local seaweed farms.
Sibuan Island is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the marine park, featuring untouched white sandy beaches and swaying coconut trees, cradled in crystal clear waters surrounding the island. Untainted by any resort development, here you can enjoy encounters with many amazing underwater creatures; like pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, mandarin fish, crocodile fish, lion fish, scorpion fish and frogfish while snorkelling.
Mantabuan represents the smallest island in the marine park, located just 2 kilometres from Bohey Dulang. The friendly Sea Gypsies also make their home on this island, and it is not uncommon to be invited into their little homes made on stilts over the crystal clear water for a fresh coconut! Snorkelling and diving activities are popular here, as enthusiasts will get the chance to see sea turtles, blue-spotted rays and many other rare marine life as well!