Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan

by - June 12, 2019

The Enchantment of the Beauty of the Derawan Islands

One more very beautiful tourist island in Indonesia we will discuss. An archipelago located on the eastern tip of Borneo. Islands that are being dafted to UNESCO as a world natural heritage. Want to know? Read until it's finished.

Hearing the word Kalimantan, surely most people immediately imagine a tropical rainforest, or mining area. Did you know, besides having abundant natural resources, Kalimantan also has the beauty of the sea which is equally interesting. Praying one of the most beautiful places to see the beautiful underwater scenery in Kalimantan is located on the Derawan islandsWe will discuss some of the islands in the Derawan archipelago. Every island in the Derawan archipelago has different beauty and tourism.

Derawan Island

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Derawan Island, is an island located in the Derawan Islands precisely in Derawan District, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. The island has a very beautiful sea panorama with white sand and is decorated with shady coconut trees that can make you feel at home to spend time here.

Derawan Island has underwater parks that are in demand by local tourists as well as foreign tourists, especially world-class divers. In recent years, Derawan Island has entered as one of the most exotic tourist attractions in Indonesia. In the Derawan Islands there are several coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove forests. In addition there are also protected species such as green turtles, hawksbill turtles, whales, dolphins, and several other species.

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No wonder the island ranks third as the place for international diving and many tourists make this island a dream island. The sea level has very impressive blue and green shades, the stretch of white sand is so soft and there is a small forest in the middle of the island which is a habitat for various types of plants and animals.

Kakaban Island

Kakaban Island is one of the islands incorporated in the Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan with an area of ​​around 774.2 hectares. Kakaban occupies the fourth position after Derawan, Maratua and Sangalaki as the largest islands in the Derawan Islands.

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Here you can see special things that are hard to find on other islands. The special thing you can find on this island is the presence of stingless jellyfish on Lake Kakaban. You can only find stingless jellyfish here or on Palau Island, part of the Micronesia Islands, Pacific Ocean. Compared to Lake Ubur in Palau, Lake Kakaban has at least three features First, in terms of size, Lake Kakaban is wider than Lake Jellyfish in Palau. The area reaches 390 ha with a maximum depth of 11 meters.

Secondly, Danau Kakaban has more types of jellyfish. Palau only has one type of jellyfish without sting, namely Mastigias which is popularly known as golden jellyfish or golden jellyfish. While on Kakaban Island, there are at least four types of stingless jellyfish nesting on Lake Kakaban.

The three species are the Aurelia aurita moon jellyfish, Mastigias spotted jellyfish cf Papua, Tripedalia cystophora jellyfish box, and Cassiopea ornata inverted jellyfish. The most common spotted jellyfish and jellyfish are found. Because of this privilege, Lake Kakaban is not only a tourist destination for tourists. The researchers often visited areas including the Umbrella-umbrella Ecotourism Village area.

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According to experts, sting on jellyfish on Kakaban Island is not completely gone. However, this sting then weakened after evolving over millions of years.

There are several things that must be considered, if you want to swim on Lake Kakaban. The main thing is it is forbidden to use any sunblock or cream. Because, these chemicals will pollute jellyfish habitat which is feared could kill their lives. Second, don't use swimming aids like frog legs, because it can hurt jellyfish. Third, you cannot hold or lift jellyfish out of the water. Feared, jellyfish will immediately lose balance. Fourth, you can't jump when entering the lake.

Maratua Island

Maratua Island presents a beautiful view with a beautiful blue sea. In addition, Maratua Island is not as busy as other islands, this island is still rarely visited and is perfect if you want to enjoy the beauty of a lonely sea. The beauty of the island of Maratua is able to hypnotize the tourists visiting this island.

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The sea on the island of Maratua is indeed famous for its beauty, and all tourists visiting the island admit it. Not only the beautiful sea, the diversity of plants and the underwater life that must be visited. This is what makes the island of Marartua entered as a triangle of coral reefs in the world.

There are 8 dive spots that are a pity to miss when vacationing on Maratua Island. Maratua Island also has a beautiful stretch of white sand and really clean sea water. Many say the sea on this island is like a natural aquarium stretching on the shore. We easily enjoy the views of the seabed, and the marine life inside.

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Overnight on Maratua Island is certainly an exciting thing, especially if you are with friends and family. On this Maratua island you can find a number of inns that are quite affordable. Lodging on Maratua Island sets prices starting at IDR 550,000 - IDR 650,000 per head. With lodging capacity ranging from 2-3 people. Usually this is included with three meals a day. You can also enjoy pampering facilities such as diving and snorkeling facilities. If lodging is considered too expensive, you can choose a home stay located around Maratua Island.

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If you want to try swimming with hundreds of jellyfish without having to worry about the sting, this Haji Buang lake is the answer. Lake Haji Buang is a small lake containing hundreds of stinging jellyfish. You only need 15-30 minutes to take a boat from Bohe Bukut village to get to the Haji Buang lake. The water in this lake has a blue color and is very calm. You can go around using a small boat to navigate this lake.

Panjang Island

Panjang Island is considered a tourist place worth a visit, especially for family tourism. Panjang Island is also a favorite destination for nature lovers, especially for people who want to learn about mangroves and other vegetation on Panjang Island.

It's easy to describe the beauty of this island. First, Panjang Island is closely related to the coast. Panjang Island has white sand beaches with original nuances. The sea water is clear and some parts are shallow. Not surprisingly, swimming is an activity recommended there. besides, the sand has a soft texture and is perfect for walking along the beach. Close to the beach, coconut trees and other vegetation grow abundantly! What about the size of the island? Panjang Island area is only around 565.4 hectares. Locals even call it Karang Island, which features mangroves and other natural attractions.

The main attraction in Panjang Island is mangrove forest. That means tourists have the opportunity to explore and find out. In fact, some travel agents provide tour packages regarding short tours around mangrove plants. Management can teach members how to plant mangroves and learn about the benefits of these mangroves. The fact is that the presence of such vegetation helps the island to avoid erosion. This plant also prevents large waves that can damage the soil. Not to mention the mangrove is an attraction for tourists. Not surprisingly, mangroves become the pride of these tourist attractions.

Once visitors go around and explore the mangrove forest, then proceed to the beach for relaxation. Strong winds and warm weather can eradicate fatigue in almost an instant! Thanks to the presence of coconut trees. Visitors can relax and unwind without suffering from the heat of the sun. Like in mangroves in general, such coastal environments are also suitable for photography. After doing all the activities mentioned, it's time to swim. Swimming on Panjang Island is very interesting because the water is clear and there are some shallow parts.

Sangalaki Island

Another island in the Derawan archipelago that receives a little attention from tourists is Sangalaki island. Sangalaki Island is an island measuring approximately 15 hectares which is one of the many islands in the Derawan archipelago. As is generally known, the eastern end of the island of Borneo is a very beautiful and charming archipelago.

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Although its popularity is not yet high among the people of Indonesia, this island in the Derawan archipelago is well-known among foreign tourists. Also included is the island of Sangalaki which is visited by tourists from South Korea's.

The popularity of Sangalaki Island by foreign tourists is motivated by its natural beauty that is not inferior to other islands in the Derawan archipelago. One of the nicknames of the island of Sangalaki is the owner of a perfect beach.

The perfect beach of Sangalaki Island is the right description to illustrate how beautiful nature is to unite with human life. Naturally the Sangalaki island has the perfect beach for turtles to lay eggs.

The waters of the island of Sangalaki, like other islands in the archipelago, are known to have a large quantity of turtles. However, only on Sangalaki island you can see the turtles lay eggs. Some types of turtles such as green turtles and hawksbill turtles can be witnessed during laying and having activities.

This perfect seafront is a favorite place for turtles to gather and lay eggs at night. Even according to the survey conducted, the island of Sangalaki is the main place for turtles to lay eggs throughout Southeast Asia.

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If you want to see directly the sea turtles on the shore and some spawning or footprints, then you can surround the island. The time needed to circle the island is not too much. It's about 30 minutes and you will explore all corners of the island. However, for those of you who want to see how turtles lay eggs it is advisable to explore the beach at night.

Finally finished, this article is quite long huh ^^. Hopefully it can help for those of you who are planning a vacation on the Derawan islands. If there are questions you can ask in the comments column !! Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss other tourist information in Indonesia. Thank you for reading ^^

How to get there : After arriving in Balikpapan, tourists can go to Samarinda by bus. Arriving in Samarinda it is recommended to use travel services to Tanjung Redeb. Here, tourists will be charged around IDR 300.000 - 400.000. From Tanjung Redeb, tourists have to switch to other travel to Tanjung Batu, tourists will be charged a fee of 150.000 IDR. From Tanjung Batu the next step is to rent a speed boat to Derawan Island. The price to pay is 100.000 IDR.

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