Derawan Island, Sangalaki Island and Kakaban Island
Amazing sealife: manta rays, turtles, napoleon fish, purple sea horses and many more…
Derawan Island is one of the islands east of Borneo and is – together with Sangalaki, Kakaban and Maratua Islands – part of East Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. The ecological wealth of Derawan is quite diverse as its waters are home to huge manta rays, napoleon fish, purple sea horses, tunicates, small scorpion fish, big turtles and many colorful corals. Derawan is a unique place and a must-see if you are on holiday in this area.
Early in the morning, you sail aboard a fisherman’s boat to Sangalaki Island, also called the ‘capital of the manta rays’. You can admire many exotic species of fish in this area, such as manta rays, napoleon fish, purple sea horses, tunicates, dwarf scorpion fish and many colorful corals.
You explore Turtle Bay at night.
Sangalaki is an attractive dive destination as is well known for the large manta rays that come here to feed. The manta rays mostly show up at the northern part of the Sangalaki Islands and they come from all directions. The mantas are often seen near the surface, so you can also easily admire them while snorkeling. You can swim or snorkel with the elegant moving mantas. They have a wingspan of more than two meters! Sangalaki has dive reefs from 4 to 40 meters deep and a series of ridges with a sandy bottom. Common fish around Sangalaki are scorpion fish, jawfish, mandarin fish, frog fish and ribbon eels. Sangalaki is also a popular breeding ground for green turtles and houses a Turtle Foundation that ensures turtle egg protection. With your visit and your donation, you are helping this species survive. Depending on the season, you can also spot turtles at night, when they come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand on the beach. If you are really lucky, you can also see the cute baby turtles when they hatch and crawl to the sea.
Kakaban Island is known for its mangrove-fringed lake, situated a bit above sea level. The lake itself is about 17 meters deep and is home to four types of jellyfish and snakes.
The diving points around the islands, such as Barracuda Point, are home to sharks, leopards fish, tuna, snapper and large schools of barracuda. The Blue Cave Point is a 120-m long cave and is only accessible for experienced divers.
Day 4: Derawan Island – Berau
After breakfast, you return to Berau by boat for your flight to your next destination.
All transport as mentioned in the itinerary
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Water, tea and coffee
3 nights at Sari/Reza Lodge
Accommodation is based on a twin share airconditioned room
English speaking guide
All donations and entrance fees
Soft and alcoholic drinks
Airfares to Kalimantan
What to bring
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do this trip on another day.
Minimum group size
The minimum group size for this activity is 4 people.
Ongetwijfeld knap, maar jammer van het slechte weer
Wij hadden hoge verwachtingen van Derawan, maar hadden pech wat het weer betreft. De onderwater wereld rond dit eiland is ongetwijfeld prachtig, en af en toe konden we hier een glimp van opvangen, maar echt veel hebben we jammer genoeg niet kunnen zien. De manta's hebben we gelukkig wel gezien! Het weer is natuurlijk iets waar niemand wat aan kan veranderen, we zullen gewoon nog eens terug moeten gaan ;-).