Friday, September 28, 2007

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...

2 comments:

hrugaar said...

Beautiful. I need to go there. :'(

framichele said...

Thank you for the nice pictures! I hope to visit some of the Semporna islands next year...