Mantabuan Island is the smallest island in Tun Sakaran Marine Park, with an area of about 10 hectares or 0.1km². It is located just 2km from the northern coasts of beautiful Bohey Dulang and mysterious Bodgaya, the biggest island in the marine park.
Mantabuan Island is inhabited by a small, friendly community of Sea Gypsies (Bajau Laut), who live in houseboats called lepa-lepa or stilt houses built over coral reefs. It is not uncommon for visitors to be invited into their homes for a fresh coconut or two.
The Malaysian army operates a military base on the island and if you’re lucky enough, you may get the chance to snap a photo inside the army outpost, complete with artillery and sandbags.
There are no bicycles, cars, or fancy commercial developments and visitors to the island are far and few in between.
Sibuan Island is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Celebes Sea. It is part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. There are no resorts on the islands, and also no public facilities. A few sea gypsies live on the island; unfortunately clearly noticeable by the rubble they often leave behind on the island. Fortunately diving schools in the area organize occasional reef and beach cleanup sessions. Don't forget to bring enough sunscreen, water and snacks with you when you visit the island. Sibuan is especially great for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling and sun bathing.
Tatagan Island is one of the islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park which is occupied by the sea gypsies. The Sea Gypsies or the “Bajau Laut” is made of Sabah’s ethnic group originated from the Philippines and Indonesia. They have been living a seaborne lifestyle, living near to the sea shore by erecting houses on stilts and travelling in lepa-lepa,a handmade boat. Many of them work as fishermen. They also made boats and some of them were excellent divers. Rumor has it that they can even breathe under water for up to five minutes.
Bohey Dulang Island
Bohey Dulang Island is remnants of an extinct volcano. The crater is now flooded with seawater to form a large lagoon.
Get registered and grab snorkeling equipment. Depart from Semporna Dragon Inn Jetty to Tatagan. A short visit to Tatagan for take photo of the sea gypsies.
Proceed to Bohey Dulang Island.
You may looking for hiking guide (optional). Fees/Tips service is bounded by guest. The hike will take about 1 hour.
Embrace with a breath taking scenery of the surrounding of the island. After the hiking, lunch will be served at Bohey Dulang Island.
Depart to Matabuan for first session snorkeling. Walk around the island and take photo of sea gypsies living on the island.
Depart to Sibuan Island and register at Sabah Park for second session snorkeling.
Transfer back to Semporna.
Min. Participant(s): 1 Persons To Go (child does not counted)
Tour location / Depart from: Tawau . To reach Tawau city, you have to take a domestic flight or bus express from Kota Kinabalu.
Recommend to book: 1 month(s) in advance
To book at least: 3 day(s) in advance
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Full refund for cancellation made 30 days ahead; 50% refund for less than 30 days; No refund for cancellation made less than 10 days.
Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.
Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.
Pickup Service: No hotel pickup service is provided, you may need to reach gathering point yourselves. If you wish us to arrange you a taxi transfer, please notify us upon booking.
Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).