Dive The Sea Beyond Derawan & Sangalaki Islands
Several island are found along the East Kalimantan coast which make attractive dive and leisure destination. Among them are Derawan, Samama, Sangalaki, Maratua, Nabucco and Panjang. All those island can be reached from Tanjung Redeb / Berau.
Sangalaki IslandSangalaki as one of the Islands, is a attractive dive destination as it is known for the large manta rays that come here to feed their plankton. The Manta 's show mostly up at the north part of Sangalaki Islands, and come from all directions. The Manta's are often seen at the surface waterline, and even when snorkeling the Manta's can be easy seen. Here you can swim with the elegant moving Manta' s which have a wing weight of more then two meters.
Sangalaki has dive reefs from 4 to 40 meters deep, and a serie of ridges with sandy bottom. Coral and gorgonian sea fans with reef fishes, are part of Sangalaki 's beauty dive side, near some ship wreaks. Fishes that can be found near Sangalaki are several species of scorpionfishes, jawfishes, mandarin fishes, frogfishes and ribbon eels.
Sangalaki is famous of it's breeding ground of the green turtles. Sangalaki houses 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.
For visitors who like to spot the Turtles, at night the turtles come ashore on the beach to lay their eggs and small baby turtles can be seen regularly, when they hatch
Nabucco Island ResortOn 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. The Nabucco Resort is one of the exclusive dive resort of "Extra Divers".
Nabucco Island Resort on about 20,000 square meters has eight wooden bungalows and one cosy honeymoon bungalow, all with the facilties of a mini-bar and air-conditioning, and a balcony overlooking the sea bleu lagoon from a white palm beach. Each Bungalow lead the door directly to the beach into the sea for swimming or snorkelling.
The Nabucco Resort restaurant’s have a panoramic view which match with it's culinary delights. Breakfast choices are made to order served together with freshly baked bread, fresh fruit and or fruit cocktail. Typical light Asian dishes are offered for lunch and at dinner times, guests are treated to a five course dinner that guarantees to satisfy even the healthiest of appetites.
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.
Diving around Sangalaki and 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.
Even waterskiing and wake boarding can be done at Nabucco Island, but for those seeking ultimate relaxation in the privacy, Asian massages can be arranged to stimulate Blood circulation as an easing away of stress, fatigue and anxiety.
Derawan IslandDerawan Island 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. Rabu-rabu Island is near Derawan, and is also called Snake Island. There are also Tanjung Batu, Panjang, and Kakaban Island, the latter with lakes.
Maratua IslandMaratua 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 or Tarakan. Samama Island belongs to the some group as that of Derawan Island. Samama means "mother". It is a nature reserve for turtles.
Bunyu 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.