Kakaban Island is so special that inside the island is vastly occuppied by a lake which hosts a bunch of stingless jellyfish which you can only find in 2 places: here and in PalauYou can swim in the lake and surrounded by jellyfish :)When you get bored with jellyfish you can snorkel near the jetty area....there are lots of corals and colourful...more
You can easily do this if you stay at the cottages over the water run by localsAll you have to do is sit in the jetty or from your verandah and when you see them, jump into the water and discreetly come from behind them. If you manage to catch up just gently rub his shell and avoid scaring the turtles by pulling him grab his shell so he follows youmore
don't miss to visit sangalaki island. it's only about 2 hours from derawan by fisherman's boat and take even less time using the speedboat.if you're lucky, you'll meet some mantarays. they will swim around your boat. we met like 10 of them! if you spend a nite on this island (no hotel on the island at the moment) you will see turtle laying their...more
The restaurant is part of Derawan Cafe resort. The food is so-so and price higher than average. But it has a nice swimming beach in front of it and the jetty extends out the farthest adn there is a nice snorkeling spot at the end of the jetty. So it is a pretty nice place to hang out and have drinksmore
In Derawan there's no night life, no bars, no cafes. To spend the night, either u sit around on the jetty/beach to see beautiful sunset and talk over the night with sea breeze, or u see turtles coming to land to procreate!
if you visit derawan, don't forget to visit the other islands nearby: sangalaki, kakaban and maratua. to get there, just rent a boat from fishermen. to get contact with the fisherman, just ask your hotel manager. he'll be more than happy to help you.it takes 2-3 hours to get to other islands.more
From Berau airport, go by car 20 min to harbour, there find speed boat to take u to Derawan island. The trip takes 2,5 hrs if weather is good. 1,5 hr u go cruising thru Mahakam river then 1 hr thru the ocean. This is the hardest part of the journey since the water is very choppy and the bumpy boat makes literally 'pain in the ass'more
From Balikpapan u fly by this kinda plane to Tanjung Redeb/Berau. This plane is so small so they require u to scale your body weight and baggage. So don't bring too heavy things and perhaps u should go on diet before going to Derawan? :-PFly by KalStar ot DAS, cost around Rp 550,000/pax/1 way.more
At Sangalaki the familiar shape of Manta Rays emerges from all directions. Their wing tips breaking the surface at regular intervals. Totally unperturbed by your presence, they swim in eurythmy and sometimes glide right up to you before making a sharp nose-dive into the blue. It is not unusual to find ten of them encircling you. Though most of them are about 3,5 meters (12 ft) wide with a white belly, there are a few black giants with a 6 meters (20 ft) wing span.
Equipment: U don't have to scuba dive to see Mantas. But if u are, world down there is absolutely amazing! Here all the fish are in gigantic sizes, unlike I've seen before!
Just laying on the beach or on the edge of a jetty...looking at the blue ocean with some turtles swimming, bright blue sky, smell and feel of sea breeze...anything more relaxing than this?
Fondest memory: Sweet water!