[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise

Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Jakarta Airport

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Derawan Island: [4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (S...

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Highlights

You may want to ready our previous adventures here. :)

https://www.peekholidays.com/discover-indonesia/derawan-islands-whale-shark/
https://www.peekholidays.com/discover-indonesia/labuan-cermin/ 

This trip will all about water activities – Snorkelling, island hopping, seeing jellyfish, manta, whale shark, and sea turtles! We can easily spot sea turtles here because there is their traffic. :) 

NOTE:
As we have to take an early morning flight from Jakarta to Berau, you will need to reach Jakarta the night before. Likewise, we will only reach back Jakarta in the late evening on the last day so you will need to stay one night in Jakarta. For this, you can make your own hotel arrangement or I also can help, whichever you prefer.

If you have any questions, feel free to Whatsapp me at +62 812 9898 1812. :)

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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.

[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

DERAWAN – A FISHING LAND

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.

[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

MARATUA ISLAND: DIVE WITH GREEN TURTLES AND MANTA RAY

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.

[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
SUGGESTED FLIGHTS VIA JAKARTA
Do note that you have to reach one night earlier. This is only the domestic flight. And you will also need to stay one more night after the trip because we will only reach Jakarta late night.
[4D3N] Derawan Islands + Labuan Cermin (Stingless Jellyfish, Sea Turtle Paradise starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Itinerary

DAY -1 (31/10/2019): Arrival in Jakarta
Reach Jakarta, you can book your own hotel in Jakarta for your transit while waiting for our flight to Berau the next morning at 5 am.

DAY 1: Berau – Derawan Islands (L, D)
Gathered at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta at 3 am. Reach 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 to our homestay, rest and free until dinner time. Enjoy the sunset before dinner and exploring the island.

DAY 2: Maratua – Kakaban – Sangalaki – Derawan (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will be stop by at Maratua Paradise Resort to enjoy the view. Then, continue to Kakaban for the stingless jellyfish. If the timing is right, we will stop by at Manta Point 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 homestay.

DAY 3: Derawan – Talisayan – Labuan Cermin – Derawan (B, L, D)
Wake up at 4 am and take a boat heading to one of the bagan to see the whale shark. After that, back to accommodation for breakfast before we head to Labuan Cermin (3 hours journey). Spend time for swimming and relaxing at Labuan Cermin then we will go back to our homestay in Derawan. If time permits, we will stop by at Manimbora Island.

Read my first encounter with them here https://www.peekholidays.com/discover-indonesia/derawan-islands-whale-shark/

DAY 4: Derawan (B)
After breakfast, get ready to check out and head back to the airport in Berau.

NOTE: Sequence of the itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather, situation and condition of the participants.