More dive spots at Tun Sakaran Marine Park

The Tun Sakaran Marine Park (TSMP) here will be used as a springboard to encourage eco-tourism when over 50 areas boasting of attractive corals and marine life are transformed into diving spots. Sabah Parks director, Paul Basintal, said 56 spots were identified in the vicinity of the 35,000-hectare park which was gazette a marine park in 2005. Currently, he said, two areas near Pulau Mantabuan and Pulau Sibuan were open to tour operators to lure divers in limited numbers.

“The other diving areas would be open in stages to enable close monitoring, especially by limiting the number of divers at one time,” he told Bernama after opening a Coral Identification Workshop in Pulau Bohaydulang near here yesterday. There are eight islands in the marine park, namely Bohaydulang, Tatagan, Mantabuan, Bodgaya, Maiga, Sibuan, Selakan and Sebangkat. Basintal said tight monitoring would ensure corals and marine life were not affected by more diving activities. According to him, basic amenities such as resting huts and washrooms for divers would be built in Pualau Sibuan. He said, other eco-tourism attractions which would be developed in the marine park next year, included the construction of a path to climb the Pulau Bohaydulang Hill for visitors to explore the forest.

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