The coral reefs that surround Maratua Island, Kakaban, Sangalaki, and Derawan are bursting with color and life and over 870 fish species live in these waters, from pygmy seahorses to giant manta rays. These Islands are part of a chain known as the Derawan Islands, which consists of six main islands as well as a number of islets and reefs, all set in the aqua-blue waters of the Sulawesi Sea.
The island of Sangalaki. It took 1.5 hours to reach the island from Maratua by speedboat. A marine protected area, it is home to a turtle breeding program where turtle eggs are incubated, and the hatchlings are tagged and protected before release. The waters around Sangalaki provide a natural habitat for the manta ray, with divers naming the area ‘The Kingdom of Mantas’. These massive sea dwellers have a four-meter wingspan.
Then, headed inland to visit Kakaban Lake, which means, “hug” in the local language. “The inland forests hug the lake”. Locally, the lake is known as Jellyfish Lake. It is a landlocked body of water raised above sea level and retaining trapped seawater. This has enabled life forms in the lake to evolve separately from those in the surrounding ocean over millions of years and has resulted in numerous unique fish species, many of which are yet to be identified.
Why do people like to snorkel and swim amongst jellyfish? Well, the four species of jellyfish that live in the lake have evolved to become stingless and are harmless. It was the most surreal sensation swimming in a sea of graceful and beautiful jellyfish, some of them translucent, some large, some small and some ever so curious.
From overall the Islands (Maratua, Sangalaki, and Derawan) are a laid-back travel experience with beautiful sunsets and fresh seafood feasts, as well as spectacular day trips. We would recommend you visit now before more tourism hits this place. The charms and wonders of this remote area of East Kalimantan are awaiting you.
PS. The islands are a remote island, the weather is unpredictable. Sometimes, In the morning is storm and big wave. You can continue your trip after the storm. Re-itinerary may apply based on the weather. After that, when we come back to Berau, we suggest you book a flight in the 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.
Fly to Berau in the morning. It is recommended to take flights that arrive before noon. Drive from Airport travel – Tanjung Batu Port (2 hour car), then continue with Jetty to Derawan Island. Check in resort-break. Dinner and take a break (Relaxing, swimming and snorkeling).
Breakfast in the morning, explore Maratua Island, enjoy the clear sea at Maratua Paradise Resort Follow with snorkeling at Palung Kakaban and swim with jellyfish on Lake Kakaban.
After lunch, the journey continues towards Sangalaki Island, immediately snorkeling and swimming with Manta Stingrays. After being satisfied with the wetness, the journey was continued by seeing turtle breeding on Sangalaki Island. Back to the resort, dinner, free program, rest.
Breakfast, preparations for Gusung Sanggalau, sunbathing, photos, just have fun. Then, Return to Derawan Island for lunch. Free program until late afternoon.
Check out from Derawan and back to Berau. End of tour
- car for transferring and back at Berau airport
- Speed boat during trip
- Snorkel equipment
- Ticket entries to the Island
- Guide fee
- Ticket flight
- Personal expenses
- Tipping guide