Several island are found along the East Kalimantan coast which make attractive dive destination. Among them are Derawan, Samama , Sangalaki, Maratua, Nabucco and Panjang islands. All those island can be reached from Tanjung Redeb.
Derawan 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.
Dive Tour Destination :
Indonesia, East Kalimantan, Derawan Islands
Interest & Activities to do :
Diving and snorkeling the undersea world of Derawan Archipelago, including several islands as Sangalaki Island, Kakaban Island, and Maratua Island, Relaxing or chilling at the Paradise hite palm beaches and lagoon blue crystal clear sea. Recommended visit time for Derawan Islands is 3 to 6 days
Near 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
Dayak & Bajau
Flora & Fauna :
Coral Reefs, Mantas, Jelly Fish, at Derawan Islands, and Low Land Rainforest with wildlife at Kayan Mentarang Reserve at the coastal side of Borneo Island
Tour Starting Point :
Balikpapan either Tarakan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tour Transport Possibilities :
by 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 :
Balikpapan or Tarakan, from Tarakan you can cross the border via Nunukan to the City Tawau in Malaysia
Tour Distance to enry point :
700 Km from Balikpapan Airport, 200 km from Tarakan Airport, 100 Km from Berau airport
Tour Duration :
Short Get Through Visit 4 to 6 Days
Tour Grade :
Moderate / all ages