Maratua Island at Derawan Archipel
Maratua is the largest island with it's 2.400 hectares in the Derawan archipel, and far the most beautiful Island. The long streched white beaches, with Palm trees, make it a bounty island perfect as a leisure destination after a jungle or cultural trip at Kalimantan. Maratua count two villages of the Bajau tribe also known as the seamen, the small lake, caves, and mangrove forest at the island make it more diverse then the other islands in the archipelago. This Island has wide coral reefs and is very suitable for canoe trips, water skiing, and scuba diving. Maratua Island is also known as Sandalwood Island, and is reachable from Tanjung Redep Berau by boat or by flight. Recently lots of resorts and guesthouses were builed to support the Tourism booming
Derawan Archipel has to total land surface of 40,000 hectares and is 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. This Island is occupied by Bajau people. It's sea gardens are beautiful. Its 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, and other water sports. Near Derawan, Kakaban Island Yelly Fish lake and Sangalaki Turtle Island can be found
Nabucco Island Resort
On the west side of East Kalimantan, The Indonesian Part of the world’s third largest island, called "Borneo", you can find a clear blue lagoon of paradise. Extra divers as the owner of the Nabucco, Nunukan and Virgin Cocoa resort islands, has developed exclusive dive resorts at private islands, which are located in the atol of Maratua island.
Nabucco’s 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 rays, big groupers, bumphead parrotfish and schooling trevallies can be found.
Diving 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 Foundations work.
Diving around Kakaban is thrilling with at the Barracuda Point and the colourful wall of Gorganian Forrest. Kakaban Island has a saltwater lake inside where jellyfish can be explored.