The Derawan Islands (Indonesian: Kepulauan Derawan) are in the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesia. They include Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua, Panjang, and Samama Island and submerged reefs and islets. They are located in the Sulawesi Sea, on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan (2°17′N - 118°13′E). The islands are part of the Berau Regency.
Derawan islands is a part of Coral Triangle, which contains one of the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Located in a biodiversity hotspot, the Derawan Islands feature 872 species of reef fishes, 507 species of coral, and invertebrates, including protected species (5 giants clam species, 2 sea turtles, coconut crab, etc.). Some of the islands harbor the heavily exploited turtle eggs and yet the largest green turtle nesting site in Indonesia.
Derawan Islands have at least two ponds contain unpoisoned jellyfish, one in Kakaban Island and the other in Maratua Island with Haji Buang Pond. Kakaban is more famous than the second which is also more difficult to access. Indonesia at least have 7 ponds with unpoisoned jellyfish, the others are 3 ponds in Raja Ampat, West Papua, one in Togean Island, Central Sulawesi and one in Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara.
Maratua Island is 384.36 square kilometers and has at least 13 caves, but the prediction, more than a hundred caves are not yet explored. The caves usually have connection directly to the sea due to the caves are originated from the reef which sea water infiltrates into the land making underground channels.
DERAWAN DIVE ADVENTURE TOUR
Tour Package Duration 05 Days / 04 Nights
Day 01: BALIKPAPAN ARRIVAL (LD)
Upon arrival at Balikpapan airport, meeting service and transfer by car to check in at Hotel in Balikpapan, evening free at leisure
Day 02: BALIKPAPAN, BERAU, DERAWAN ISLAND (BLD)
After breakfast transfer to Airport for the flight to Berau, upon arrival at Berau, transfer to harbor to boarding a boat and cross the Sulawesi Sea to Derawan Island. Check in at Losmen, or local house, Lunch, afternoon possibility for snorkeling or Derawan village sightseeing. mahakam river cruise, mahakam river houseboat tour, mahakam river sail, mahakam river trip, mahakam safari, kalimantan river cruise, tour, trip, safari, journey, borneo, indonesia
Day 03 & 04: DERAWAN ISLAND, SANGALAKI ISLAND (BLD)
Early in the morning by fishermen's boat to Sangalaki Island which is called the Capital of The Mantas Rays, many kinds of exotic fish could be seen in this area like the Mantas, Napoleons, purple sea horses, tunitates, dwarf scorpion fishes, and not to forget the Coral Sea Garden which is still in tact. In the night we could explore the Turtle bay.
Day 05: DERAWAN, BERAU, BALIKPAPAN (B)
After breakfast start our trip cross the sea by boat to Berau for the return flight to Balikpapan, from where you can connect for your next destination.
Rate: USD 600/person/twin share, minimum 2 person
- Airport pick up at Berau
- Speed boat transfer to the island
- 4 nights stay at the local hotel in Derawan
- Snorkeling tours - Island hoping
- 3 meals a day - Refreshment ( Mineral water, coffee and teas )
- Return air tickets
- Derawan entrance fees and diving tags
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Tipping - Laundry
- Any personal expenses
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