Derawan Islands – Kalimantan – Maratua

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Kalimantan – Maratua

The Derawan Islands are in the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesia. The islands are part of the Berau Regency , They include Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua, Panjang, and Samama Island and submerged reefs and islets. They are located in the Sulawesi Sea, on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan. Derawan island is a part of coral triangle , which contains one of the richest marine biodiversity, around more than 500 species of coral and 872 reef fishes. Other exciting underwater attractions are crocodilefilsh, squat lobster, nudibranch, schooling of baraccuda.In Kakaban area the lake spans 30 hectares reaches depths of 17 meters and is full of jellyfish. The Jellyfish have been trapped in this closed ecosystem and evolved to become stingless, totally harmless to humans.

 

Getting there :

Fly to Balikpapan

Airport : Sepinggan International Airport – some international flight from Singapore and Malaysia fly directly to Balikpapan

 

Routes :

Jakarta – Balikpapan

Makassar – Balikapapan

Manado – Balikpapan

 

Contiune from Balikpapan to Berau

Aiport : Kalimarau Airport

Route : Balikpapan – Berau

 

Land transport : 2 hours drive by private car from Bearu to Tanjung Batu

 

Boat transfer : 45 minute by speedboat from Tanjung Batu to Derawan

Charter boat : Berau – Derawan / Sangkalaki / Maratua

 

 

Dive site name: Old Pier (1)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 20meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier , Butterfly ,angel ,damselfish , anthias ,wrasse ,gobies ,shrimp, nudibranch ,turtle ,ray
Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Light House Derawan (2)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef, Rock
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier , Butterfly ,angel ,damselfish , anthias ,wrasse ,gobies ,shrimp, nudibranch ,turtle ,ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Submarged
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight: Manta Ray ( Occasionally)
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Snapper Point (3)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 25meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Snnaper ,Butterfly ,angel , grouper ,damselfish ,gobies,Moray eels Shrimp,crab , nudibranch ,turtle ,ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Patch  , Submerged
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight: Schooling snapper
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Tuturuga Point(4)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 20meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef, Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack,Fusilier , Butterfly ,cardinal ,angel  ,grouper ,damselfish ,anthias ,batfish ,wrasse , parrot , surgeon ,trigger ,box , puffer ,porcupine ,flounders ,gobies , moray eels , eels ,frogfish  ,leaf fish ,scorpion ,flathead ,blennies ,dragonet , octopus ,shrimp ,crab ,nudibranch ,turtle ,ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight: Mandarin fish , Jaw fish ,turtle ,good for night dives and snorkeling
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Shark Point(5)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off ,Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack,Fusilier , Butterfly ,cardinal ,angel  ,grouper ,damselfish anthias ,batfish ,wrasse , parrot , surgeon ,trigger ,box , puffer porcupine ,flounders ,gobies , moray eels , eels ,frogfish  ,leaf fish ,scorpion ,flathead ,blennies ,dragonet , octopus ,shrimp ,crab nudibranch ,turtle ,shark
Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Patch  , Submerged
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Schooling Jack fish
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Coral Garden (6)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 10meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,butterfly ,angel ,grouper , anthias ,gobies , eels  , blennies ,shrimp ,nudibranch ,turtle ,ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Blue Trigger Wall (7)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off ,Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,batfish ,trigger ,gobies , blennies ,shrimp ,nudibranch turtle , shark
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Submerged
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight:
Caution: Possible down current
Recommended for: Experienced divers

 

Dive site name: Sandy Ridge (8)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 18meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Angel ,Damselfish ,Anthias  ,trigger , puffer flounders,gobies , scorpion ,dragonet ,shrimp ,nudibranch ,turtle , ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Schooling snapper
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Turtle Town (9)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Cardinal , anthias , surgeon , puffer ,gobies,

Scorpion ,Shrimp , crab ,Nudibranch , Flatworm , turtle ,ray

Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Mandarinfinsh
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Coral Garden (10)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Damselfish ,Anthias  ,trigger , puffer flounders,gobies , scorpion ,dragonet ,shrimp ,nudibranch ,turtle , shark
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Manta Run (11)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Flat
Bottom composition: Coral reef ,Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Damselfish ,Anthias, Surgeon, Gobies,scorpion,shrimp ,nudibranch ,flatworm, turtle , ray
Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat, drift
Highlight: Manta Ray
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Manta Parade (12)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope , Flat ,Mixed
Bottom composition: Coral reef ,Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Cardinal ,Angel ,Anthias , Surgeon,gobies blennies,shrimp ,crab ,nudibranch ,flatworm,turtle , ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat , Drift
Highlight: Manta ray
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Manta Cleaning Station (13)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Flat
Bottom composition: Coral reef ,Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Surgeon ,gobies , shrimp ,nudibranch ,turtle , ray
Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Submerged
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Manta ray cleaning station
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Manta Avenue (14)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Flat
Bottom composition: Coral reef ,Sand
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Damselfish ,Surgeon ,gobies, scorpion ,shrimp Crab ,nudibranch ,flatworm,turtle , ray
Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drift
Highlight: Many manta rays during high tide
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Eels Ridge (15)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 15meter
Average horizontal visibility: 10meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Snnaper ,Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Damselfish ,Anthias , parrot gobies,eels ,scorpion , blennies ,shrimp, crab ,nudibranch flatworm ,turtle , ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drift
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Light House Reef (16)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life : Trevallies , Snnaper ,Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Damselfish ,Anthias , parrot ,gobies,eels ,scorpion , blennies ,shrimp, crab ,nudibranch flatworm ,turtle , shark
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat , drift
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: Barracuda Point (17)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 25meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 30meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off ,Slope ,mixed
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore , Down current
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies , Snnaper ,Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Damselfish ,Anthias parrot ,gobies,eels ,scorpion , blennies ,shrimp, crab nudibranch,flatworm ,turtle , shark
Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drfit
Highlight: Schooling jacks and barracuda
Caution: Possible down current
Recommended for: Experienced divers

 

Dive site name: Danau Kakaban (Lake) (18)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 4meter
Maximum depth: 7meter
Average horizontal visibility: 3meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Sand Vegetation
Current:
Marine life: Gobies ,shrimp ,crab ,nudibranch ,snake
Coral reef: Bad
Type of coral reef:
Type of diving: Shore
Highlight: Jellyfish lake ,with our different species ,of jellyfish
Caution:
Recommended for: All divers

 

Dive site name: Blue Light Cave (19)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 30meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 0meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Mixed
Bottom composition: Sand , Rock
Current: Hardly any current
Marine life: Shrimp ,Crab
Coral reef: Bad
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Cave Dave – enter through a vertical tunnel down to 40m continue to a horizontal cave and exit to open water , pygmy seahorse at cave exit
Caution: Long Visibility ,overhead environment , deep dive with decompression risk , cave diveer certification requiired
Recommended for: Experienced divers

 

Dive site name: The Wall (20)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies , Snnaper ,Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Leaf fish,scorpion , blennies ,shrimp, crab nudibranch,turtle , shark
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat
Highlight: Schooling jacks
Caution:
Recommended for: All  divers

 

Dive site name: The Corner (21)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 4meter
Average horizontal visibility: 3meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off ,Steep ,Slope ,mixed
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Jack ,Trevallies , Snnaper ,Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Anthias , surgeon, scorpion ,blennies ,shrimp, nudibranch ,turtle , ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drfit
Highlight: Giant trevallyy
Caution: Strong current
Recommended for: Experienced divers

 

Dive site name: Kehe Daeng (22)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 25meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 30meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Damselfish ,Anthias , parrot ,gobies,eels scorpion , blennies ,shrimp, crab ,nudibranch ,flatworm ,turtle , shark
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drfit
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All divers

 

Dive site name: Cabbage Point (23)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope step ,slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore , Down current
Marine life: Fusilier ,Butterfly ,Grouper ,Damselfish, scorpion ,shrimp, crab nudibranch,turtle ,ray
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drfit
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All divers

 

Dive site name: Sleeping Turtle (24)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 10meter
Maximum depth: 20meter
Average horizontal visibility: 15meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Butterfly ,Cardinal ,Angel , Grouper ,Damselfish ,Anthias , Batfish Wrasse ,Surgeon ,Turtle ,
Coral reef: Average
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drfit
Highlight: Turtle watching
Caution:
Recommended for: All divers

 

Dive site name: Paradise 1,2,3 (25)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 15meter
Maximum depth: 40meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Slope
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Fusilier, Sweetlips , BUtterfly , angel ,grouper , damselfish, anthias, batfish, scorpion,blennies ,shrimp,crab ,nudibranch, turtle,ray,shark
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drfit
Highlight: Blacktip reef shark , thresher shark ( occasionally)
Caution:
Recommended for: All divers

 

 

Dive site name: Light House Maratua (26)
Area: Derawan Island
Average depth: 20meter
Maximum depth: 30meter
Average horizontal visibility: 20meter
Minimum water temperature: 26 C
Maximum water temperature: 30° C
Bottom contour: Drop off
Bottom composition: Coral reef
Current: Long Shore
Marine life: Trevallies , snapper , fusilier ,butterfly ,cardinal,angel damselfish,batfish , surgeon ,gobies,scorpion,blennies,shrimp,crab nudibranch , turtle shark
Coral reef: Good
Type of coral reef: Fringing
Type of diving: Boat ,Drfit
Highlight:
Caution:
Recommended for: All divers

 

 


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