Maratua is a small island in East Kalimantan which is bordered from North Kalimantan, Sabah, Philippines and Sulawesi. The majority tribe in Maratua is Bajau Tribe. Maratua has beautiful attraction for tourist for snorkeling and diving with beautiful Ocean. Then, Kakaban Island and Sangalaki Island are smaller Island than Maratua, but they have beautiful lakes inside their Islands. There are Jellyfish that you can touch them and swim with them. They are not danger. Dearawan Island is one of popular Island to visit in East Kalimantan, there are plenty of turtles and you can swim with them. The duration from Berau-Maratua Island is 3 hours, Maratua- Kakaban or Sangalaki is 30 minutes, Maratua-Derawan is 1 hour, and Derawan-Berau is 2 hours. They are normal duration trip to the Islands but it depends with the weather. This tour is started from Berau Airport.
Details Itinerary :
Day 01 : Transfer Berau Airport- Berau Port. Continue with medium/big speedboat. Then, check in Maratua Guesthouse.
Day 02 :Visit kakaban Island (you can swim with No dangerous Jellyfish). Then, continue to sangalaki Island (Turtles conservation). After that, back to Maratua.
Day 03 : Check out Maratua and go to Derawan. Check in to Derawan Guesthouse
Day 04 : Check out from Derawan and back to Berau
The itinerary for Backpackers as follow :
Day 01 : Transfer Berau Airport- Berau Port. Continue with small speedboat. Then, check in to Derawan Guesthouse.
Day 02 : Visit Maratua Island to snorkel and Nunukan Resort. Back to Derawan.
Day 03 : Visit kakaban Island (you can swim with No dangerous Jellyfish). Then, continue to sangalaki Island (Turtles conservation). After that, back to Derawan.
Day 04 : Check out and back to Berau.
How to get there?
Bali-Surabaya-Balikpapan (stay 1 night)- Berau
Jakarta-Balikpapan (stay 1 night)- Berau
Palangkaraya-Balikpapan (stay 1 night)-Berau
The islands are remote island, the weather is unpredictable. Sometimes, In the morning is storm and big wave. You can continue your trip after storm. Re-itinerary may apply based on the wearher. After that, when we come back to Berau, we suggest you book flight in afternoon like 3-5 pm. According to our experience, we missed our flights in the morning because there was a storm and we stuck the Island.
For boating cost from berau to Maratua-Kakaban- Sangalaki- Derawan Island are almost 10 millions-15 millions for medium boats. We have to rent for several days for your trip. There is a small boat as well but, we do not recommend for your safety. For backpackers, they will use small boat during their trip.
This Package including car for transferring and back at Berau airport, speed boat during trip, guesthouse ,meals, snorkel equipment, ticket entries to the Island and English guide fee (Bahasa Guide for Backpackers).
This package excluding flight tickets, personal expenses and tipping guide.