• Trip Code

    EZ010

  • Location

    East Kalimantan

  • Meeting Point

    Berau

  • Number of Pax

    Min. 8 pax

HIGHLIGHTS

Derawan Islands / Stingless Jellyfish / Manta Point / Whale Shark / Labuan Cermin / Haji Mangku Cave / Gusung Island / Manimbora Island

Group Tour

Are you keen on joining this trip but you don’t have friends to go with? You can always check our group trips calendar.

Private Tour

Or you would prefer to go with your own group of friends or with your preferred travel date? You can always request for a private tour. 

Kalimantan

INTRODUCTION

Kalimantan is the Indonesian portion of Borneo, comprising 73% of this lush, tropical island. In Indonesian, the term “Kalimantan” refers to the whole island of Borneo. Kalimantan is divided into five provinces: West, South, East, Central and North Kalimantan.

Kalimantan River

Derawan Islands

The Derawan Islands must be everyone’s dream of the perfect tropical paradise: warm, isolated islands with soft white sand beaches fringed with waving palm trees, pristine seas that change color from green to deep blue, and an amazing underwater life of giant turtles, dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and barracudas, stingless jellyfish and sometimes, whales. Derawan is indeed one of the world’s richest areas in biodiversity.

Located just away from the mainland of East Kalimantan in the district of Berau, the Derawan archipelago comprises 31 islands, most well known among these are the islands of Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki, and Kakaban. Here is Indonesia’s largest nesting site of the rare and endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles, where one can daily watch turtles lay their eggs in the sand or swim to sea with the turtles. The entire marine conservancy region covers a total area of no less than1.27 million hectares.

Derawan, a Fishing Island

Derawan is a fishing island about three hours by speedboat from Berau that has developed as a dive resort. Stilted guesthouses suspended over turquoise water, manta rays with seven-metre wingspans and friendly locals are all part of its charm: this is an island that time forgot.

Sangalaki, Underwater Paradise

Blowing winds, clean seawater, soft sands, warm sun, beautiful waves, coconut trees, and beautiful afternoons complete the excitement of your diving. Sangalaki‘s underwater scenery fascinates everyone who sees it. Manta Alfredi (Pari Hantu), which only exists in Derawan, Barracudas, Stingrays, giant squids, and starfish are only part of the underwater paradise of Sangalaki.

Kakaban Island: Strange Stingless Jellyfish in the Derawan Archipelago

Kakaban island is a large coral atoll in the Derawan Archipelago in the district of Berau, off the east coast of East Kalimantan, covering 774 hectares of uninhabited terrain. It’s most distinctive feature is a huge land-locked lake, which makes up almost two-thirds of the island. This brackish lake is alive with several species of endemic marine life, including millions of stingless jellyfish that only exist in one other place on the planet. The island is surrounded in a tangle of dense mangrove forests, right down to where the water meets the earth. There are very few sections of beach, as most of the Kakaban’s circumference ends in a rocky wall of sheer limestone cliffs, some sections dropping hundreds of feet to the choppy waves below.

Maratua Island: Dive with Green Turtles and Manta Rays in East Kalimantan

This paradise island is situated within the fabled Coral Triangle, with all the richness and beauty within its exotic underwater landscapes that one would expect from such a location. Over 20 dive spots across the Island allow visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves amidst the bountiful treasures which lay tucked neatly beneath the sapphire waters. Maratua’s garden under the sea proudly exhibits an abundance of colorful coral reefs populated with a variety of species of fish, green turtles, manta rays and other marine life.

Unlike some of the other Derawan islands which are uninhabited, Maratua has a population of about 3,000 people and is divided into 4 villages, most of which come from the Bajo Tribes. The Bajo people, or Sea Gypsies as they have often been called, are a landless tribe that is sustained completely and exclusively by the ocean. But not only do they survive solely on marine resources—they actually live in the ocean as well. Entire villages are built on stilts and connected by wooden bridges over large expanses of coral reefs and rocks in the middle of the open sea.

Activities

Kakaban Island

Kakaban island is part of the Derawan island, situated on the east side of Borneo. It’s a 774 hectares limestone island covered with dense jungle. It’s a protected and inhabited island.

Sangalaki Island

Visit the green turtle hatchery, dive or snorkel into the seawater to admire the pristine coral reef, and swim with the magnificent manta rays.

Snorkeling

Enjoy the underwater where many corals and fish are seen. Derawan is also a turtle’s heaven because we can spot them easily wherever we go around the island.

Manta Point

Manta rays swim freely around Sangalaki island within Derawan islands.

Whale Shark Encounter

Witness with our own eyes the largest fish in the ocean.

Departure & Return

Departure
Return
Activities will start at 10 am on the first day
Activities will end around 4 pm on the last day

The above departure and return information are tentative and it will be confirmed at the time of reservation.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Berau – Derawan Islands (L, D)

Meet at Kalimarau Berau Airport and right away head to the harbour which will take about 3 hours journey by land. Reach harbour, we will take a boat to cross to Derawan Island (about 30 minutes). Check in, rest and free until dinner time. Enjoy the sunset before heading to dinner and exploring the island.

DAY 2: Maratua – Kakaban – Sangalaki – Derawan (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will be going to Haji Mangku at Maratua. Then continue to Kakaban for the stingless jellyfish and finally to the Turtle Conservation area in Sangalaki. On the way back, we will stop by at Gusung Island, a sandbank that only surfaces during low tide. Spend some times at Gusung island then go back to Derawan.

DAY 3: Derawan (B, L, D)

Today after breakfast, we will be exploring around the Derawan Islands. Stop by few spots for swim or snorkel around the island. We will also go to Manta point to see the Manta Rays. Back to our accommodation in the late afternoon. Rest, dinner and free time.

DAY 4: Derawan – Talisayan – Labuan Cermin (B, L, D)

Get up early in the morning before sunrise and we will check out to Biduk-Biduk. On the way, we will stop by at Talisayan where Whale Shark usually appears. The journey from Derawan to Biduk-Biduk will take about 3 hours. Check into our homestay and right away we will go to Labuan Cermin, a crystal clear lake with two layers of water – salty and fresh. From there, we will then go to Sulaiman Bay to see the waterfall or just exploring the islands there. Back to our homestay, dinner, rest and free time.

DAY 5: Biduk Biduk – Airport (B)

After breakfast, get ready to check out. We will go back to Berau by land which will take about 5 hours. Along the way, we will have a break before heading to the airport or drop-off point.

INCLUSIONS

• 4 nights accommodation 
– 3 nights in water villa in Derawan Island
– 1 night guesthouse in Biduk-Biduk
• Transportation during the trip
• Boat for island hoping
• Meals as stated on the itinerary
• Snorkeling Gear
• All necessary permits, retributions, and administrative requirements
• Tour Guide and/or Leader
• Mineral Water

EXCLUSIONS

• Transportation from your city to the meeting point
• Visa on Arrival (if applicable)
• Optional tours which are not stated on the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Gratuity for guides
• Travel Insurance

HOW TO BOOK

  • Add to cart the trip that you would like to book with the total number of pax including you and your companions. No payment is required at this stage
  • Upon receiving your booking information, we will reply with a confirmation email stating the bank account and Paypal information for payment matters and also other required information in order to confirm your booking

When you make a booking with us, you are deemed to understand our terms and conditions.

THINGS TO NOTE

  • Eazy cooperates with selected local tour operators and ensures the best quality of services to all travelers.
  • The sequence of itineraries is subject to change without prior notice according to departure date, weather, traffic, etc.
  • Please bring valid documentation on travel date (passport, driving license, visa, etc). Please make one copy of your passport or National ID just in any case it is necessary

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