One of the wonderful tourism in East Kalimantan is the Derawan Islands. In recent years this place popular as one of the excellent vacation of exotic beach in Indonesia. The beauty of Derawan Islands that you can enjoy such as; diving and snorkeling. Derawan Islands is like the typical dream of a tropical paradise with secluded white sand beaches, clear blue water, and some coconut trees providing some shade. The islands are located in Berau district, of the coast of East Kalimantan and it is one of the bests diving spots in the world. The archipelago consists of 31 small islands of which only 4 islands are accessible: Derawan Islands, Maratua Island, Sangalaki and Kakaban Island. In 2005, this archipelago was nominated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Derawan Islands has 1,270,000 hectare area of sea and island are marine and coastal ecosystems: coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests. It has unique biodiversity with more than 460 kinds of coral spread around this area and several sandbanks like Pulau Panjang, Muaras, Masimbung, Buliulin, Pinaka, and Tababinga Sandbank. There are also 870 kinds of fish, some of them are protected species like green turtles, scale turtles, whales, dolphins, giant clams, coconut crabs, and barracudas. This area has the largest turtle habitat and nesting site in South East Asia.
In Derawan Island, besides offers the spectacular white beaches, the underwater life at Derawan Islands is also very amazing. There are over 28 diving spots here and you will not be alone as many domestic and foreign tourists dive in this beautiful ecosystem. The Derawan Islands is a divers paradise.
Access to get Derawan from Berau you can take a car to Tanjung Batu for a two hours ride that would cost about IDR 350.000 for the one-way trip. At Tanjung Batu, you can continue using speed boat to Derawan Islands for 30 minutes (IDR 250.000 per passenger). To get around and explore the islands and best dive spots you can hire a boat for IDR 1.500.000 per day.
Getting There :
Derawan Island Tour Packages
Day 1: Kalimarau Berau Airport – Tanjung Batu – Derawan Island ( L, D )
Arrived at the Kalimarau airport, our guide pick up you at front departure are then headed to the port of Tanjung Batu to the via Bureau. After loading it into the speed boat and heading to Derawan Island. Arriving in Derawan check-in, free program. Can walk to the beach. At 19.00 dinner and then hunting turtles lay eggs and release of dive (if anyone of turtles)
Day 2: Hopping Island ( Kakaban Island – Sangalaki Island ( B, L, D )
Enjoy the sunrise at the Derawan Islands (Kiani Beach) at 07.00am breakfast, after breakfast prepare the equipment and heading to Kakaban island, Arriving in Kakaban island hunting photos and snorkeling to Sangalaki, arrived on Sangalaki island heading to the Lake (snorkeling with jellyfish, hunting photos) after it breaks (rice lunch boxes) and continue on Sangalaki island snorkeling reef. In the afternoon towards Derawan Island and after that the show could play freely, banana boating and hunting public pier at sunset and take dinner and free time.
Day 3: Explore Sangalaki and Gusung Island ( B, L, D )
In the morning you can enjoy the sunrise at the Derawan Island (Kiani with breakfast, after breakfast prepare the equipment heading to the island of Sangalaki (Explore the island of Sangalaki can see turtles dive and hunting Photos) after that snorkeling in the coral garden spot, then to the manta ray, spot. Afterward heading to the island of Gusung Island (hunting photos) in late afternoon Arrived at the Derawan free and easy and dinner
Day 4: Derawan Island – Tanjung Batu – Kalimarau Airport
After breakfast check out hotel transfer to Tanjung Batu Port then drive by a car to Airport Transfer out to Airport and finish the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
- English speaking guide (other language guides available and an additional charge may apply).
- Accommodation 3 Night at Derawan Island
- Boat for ( hopping island / Sangalaki – Kakabab Island – Maratua and Gusung Island )
- Snorkeling activity ( Snorkeling Equipment & Life Jacket )
- Mineral water
Our Services do not include:
- Visa arrangements.
- International and domestic flights.
- International and domestic departure tax.
- Extra or Optional Tour
- Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
- Travel insurance