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PULAU BUM BUM

Ben  van Wijnen

Pulau Bum Bum is an island near Semporna and is mainly inhabited by the Bajau Laut people, usually referred to as 'sea gypsies' (sea gypsies). They live in villages on stilts and fishing is their main source of income. The Bajau people are known for their excellent diving skills, with some being able to dive 20 meters deep, while holding their breath for more than five minutes at a time!
The partially forested island has an irregular shape, but it does remind me of an inverted triangle. Bum Bum Island has a population of approximately 30,000 people, who live in approximately 34 villages or settlements along the island's coastline.

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With an area of 45 km˛, the island has an estimated length from north to south of 12.8 km and 19.7 km from east to west. The inhabited parts of the island are connected by a road network and there are ferry connections with the mainland (Semporna). The inhabited parts of the island are traversed by a road network and there are ferry connections to the mainland. You can drive around the entire island. Bum Bum is located about a kilometer east of Semporna town and is separated from the mainland by a navigable channel called Terusan Tando Bulong (Tando Bulong Canal). With the ferry you arrive at kampong Balimbang, which is one of the kampongs. Here is also one of the mosques of the island.
There is a plan for the construction of a 1.4 km long bridge to connect the island of Bum Bum to the mainland. But… this plan has been on the shelf for a long time.

Although Pulau Bum Bum is not a tourist destination for many, there are several floating accommodations, mostly resort on stilts above the water, but there is also a homestay. They all offer snorkeling or diving trips.
For those who want a great day out, you can take a boat trip around the 8 islands and 2 patch reefs of Tun Sakaran Marine Park. All of this is about 20 minutes by speedboat from Pulau Bum Bum. You can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and diving here.
At Kampung Lok Butun, the population grows seaweed in the sea. Watch the video below about the cultivation. Much is expected from seaweed cultivation. There is a steady demand for seaweed, fueled by its use in a variety of fields, including food, medicine and pharmaceuticals.
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Most seaweeds are used for animal feed, cosmetics, medicines and creams. The moisture in the alga namely, has a sort of gelatinous operation.

There are three important reasons to sustain the cultivation of seaweed:

  • Firstly, there is a social need. It provides an income on the islands for hundreds of families. Because children do not follow in the footsteps of their parents, they still get money in hard times, generated from tourism. Should anything happen to tourism, there is no relapse.

  • Secondly, there is the cultural preservation. You lose what the community is committed.

  • Thirdly, there is the environment. Seaweed helps to retain the coral reefs by increasing the diversity of algae. Also seaweed also offers protection for small fish and invertebrates. And increasing the number of herbivorous fish and shellfish in the area by seaweed production.

 

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Egang-egang Resort Bum-Bum Island

Offering a terrace, Egang-egang Resort Bum-Bum Island Semporna offers accommodations in Semporna. You can enjoy an Asian breakfast at the chalet. Snorkeling and fishing are available in the area and Egang-egang Resort Bum-Bum Island (near Semporna) offers water sports facilities. The nearest airport is Tawau Airport, 60.9 miles from the property.

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Lato Lato Resort

Situated in the Het Tun Sakaran Marine Park area near the island of Bum Bum , Lato Lato Resort is the perfect place to experience the islands and its surroundings. From here, guests can make the most of all that the resort has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the Tun Sakaran Marine Park must-see destinations.
Lato Lato Resort offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate the weary traveler. A selection of top-class facilities such as 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, room service, family room, BBQ facilities can be enjoyed here.
Step into one of 15 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day, A selection of amenities can be found in most rooms, inlcuding linens, towels, fan, wake-up service, balcony/terrace. Recreational facilities available at the property include snorkeling, watersports equipment rentals, boats, private beach, fishing. Whatever your reason for visiting, Lato Lato Resort is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.

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