The Sea Beyond Derawan Islands
as the scuba dive paradise, is surrounded by a group of several
islands along the coast of East Kalimantan, which make it an
attractive dive and leisure destination.
Among the Derawan Island group, are the Semama, Sangalaki, Maratua,
Panjang Islands, each of the islands differ and has it's own dive
destination side which can't be found at one of the other Islands. All
those islands as a part of Derawan Islands group can be reached from
Berau, by speedboat.
Island has a total land surface of 40,000 hectares and is a nature
reserve with beautiful scenery and beaches. Several species of rare
flora and fauna are preserved here, such as scaled turtles, belimbing
turtles and sea cows.
Island is occupied by Bajau people, living in their traditional
villages, and even in the stilt houses build in the sea. Derawan sea
gardens are beautiful, the paradise white beaches and coastal
forests are inhabited by sea birds, iguanas, and swallows.
There are caves inhabited by various kinds of crabs. The waters around
Derawan are good for swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and
The sea which surround Derawan
itself is filled with critters
such as flamboyant
cuttlefish, squat lobsters, ghostpipe fish, bluering octopus,
nudibranchs, seahorses, ribbon eels and scorpionfishes.
Island is very small island next Derawan, and is also called Snake
Island. There are also
Tanjung Batu, Panjang, and Kakaban Island, the latter with lakes.
island are found along the East Kalimantan coast which make attractive
dive destination. Among them are Nabucco and Maratua.
the west side of East Kalimantan, The Indonesian Part of the
largest island, called "Borneo", you can find a clear blue
of paradise. The Nabucco Resort is one of the exclusive dive resort of
Island Resort on about 20,000 square meters has
eight wooden bungalows and one cosy honeymoon
with the facilties of a mini-bar and air-conditioning, and a
balcony overlooking the sea blue lagoon from a white palm
Each Bungalow lead
the door directly to the beach into the sea for swimming or snorkelling.
Nabucco Resort restaurant’s have a panoramic
view which match with it's culinary delights.
are made to order served together with freshly baked bread, fresh fruit
and or fruit cocktail. Typical light Asian dishes are offered
and at dinner times, guests are treated to a five course dinner that
guarantees to satisfy even the healthiest of appetites.
Resort Dive Centre can serve you to several dive locations within 30
minutes distance. The closest dive place is Big
Fish Country, that connects the lagoon to the outer
reef, where chevron barracuda, various sharks, spotted eagle
groupers, bumphead parrotfish and schooling trevallies can be
programs to Sangalaki or Kakaban Islands give you
the occasion to swim with elegant mantas.
Sangalaki houses also a Turtle Foundation
that ensures to lay their eggs as a future safeguard, with
your visit you help donate survival and have the
opportunity to learn more about the Turtles and the
is thrilling with at the Barracuda Point and the colourful
Island has a saltwater lake inside where jellyfish can be explored.
and wake boarding can be done at Nabucco Island, but for those seeking
in the privacy, Asian massages can be arranged to stimulate
Blood circulation as an easing away of stress, fatigue and
is beautiful Island with a small lake on it and a bay facing the
Sulawesi sea. There are four village : Teluk Harapan, Teluk Alulu,
Bohebelian, and Payung-payung. This area is very suitable for canoe
races, speedboat racing, water skiing, and scuba diving. Maratua Island
is also called as Sandalwood Island. It is reachable from Tanjung Redep
Island belongs to the some group as that of Derawan Island. Samama
means "mother". It is a nature reserve for turtles.
Island lies to the north, and in the past was believed to contain gold.
The Dutch came and opened a mine there, but they never found any gold.
Kalimantan, Derawan Islands
Interest & Things to do :
and snorkeling the undersea world of Derawan Islands, including
Sangalaki, Kakaban, and Maratua, Relaxing at the Paradise beaches with
white sand and blue sea under the tropical coconut trees.Recommended
visit time for Derawan Islands is 3 to 6 days
Diving or exploring the undersea world, Kayan Mentarang Reserve could
be an optional visit to find some of Borneo's tropical Flora and Fauna
of the Kalimantans jungle and rainforest, recommended visit time for
Kayan Mentarang Reserve is 5 to 8 days
Culture : Dayak
& Fauna :
Reefs, Mantas,Jelly Fish, at Derawan Islands, and Low Land Rainforest
with wild life at Kayan Mentarang Reserve
Tour Starting Point : Balikpapan
either Tarakan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
|Tour Transport Possibilities :
Flight from Balikpapan to Tanjung Redeb, or direct from Jakarta to
Tarakan, continue by speedboat to Derawan Islands, estimated travel by
speedboat is between the 2 and 4 hours to reach Derawan Islands.
Tour Ending Point :
or Tarakan, from Tarakan you can cross the border via Nunukan to the
City Tawau in Malaysia
Tour Distance to enry point :
900 Km from Balikpapan Airport, 200 km from Tarakan Airport
Tour Duration : Short
Get Through Visit 4 to 6 Days
Tour Grade :