[5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week)

Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Jakarta or Berau Airport

This adventure is: #on the weekend, #suitable for children

Derawan Island: [5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week)

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Highlights

 

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.

[5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week) starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia[5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week) 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.

[5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week) starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
[5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week) 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.

[5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week) starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia[5D4N] Derawan Islands (Vesak Week) starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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 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. Who wouldn't love to see this gentle largest fish in the ocean? They usually come out in the early morning for feeding. Read my first encounter with them here – Derawan Islands: Up Close & Personal with the Whale Shark

The journey from Derawan to Biduk-Biduk will take about 3 hours by boat. 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.

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NOTE: Sequence of the itinerary is subject to change.



TENTATIVE FLIGHT INFORMATION
The journey may a little bit long but trust me, all will be paid-off. :)
Below is only the domestic flight. You can choose any flights to Jakarta that can connect to this.

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.