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Derawan Dive Resort


Derawan Dive Resort

Kalimantan is the largest island in Indonesia and third Largest Island in the world after Greenland and New Guinea. The Word "Kalimantan" derives from ancient "Malay" language which means "River of Diamond". The Northern part of Kalimantan is owned by Malaysia and Brunei. Dayak tribe is the original ethnic of Kalimantan, and there are several sub ethnic of dayak separates around Kalimantan. The one in the East Kalimantan is Kayan - Kenyah Dayak who lives in East Kalimantan along Mendalam River.


Welcome to the beautiful tropical islands in the region of Borneo, Derawan is an island with a sea of blue and green color gradations views, softly sand, rows of coconut palms on the coast, with a small forest in the middle of the island which is the habitat of various species of plants and animals and the natural beauty of the enchanting underwater. No wonder if this island could be ranked as a top three world-class dive destination and make this island as an island of dreams for the divers. Derawan Island has to total land surface of 40,000 hectares and is nature reserve with beautiful scenery and beaches.

Several species of rare flora and fauna are preserved here, such as scaled turtles, belimbing turtles and sea cows. This Island is occupied by Bajau people. It's sea gardens are beautiful . Its coastal forests are inhabited by sea birds, iguanas, and swallows. There are caves inhabited by various kinds of crabs. The waters around Derawan are good for swimming, fishing, scuba diving, and other water sports. Rabu-rabu Island is near Derawan, and is also called Snake Island. There are also Tanjung Batu, Panjang, Sangalaki and Kakaban Island, the latter with lakes.

Located on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan in the Sulawesi Sea the Derawan islands are known as one of the most biodiversity-rich hotspots in the world. However a variety of man made threats endanger its beauty. The Berau administration has declared its total area of 1.27 million hectares a marine conservancy region. It hopes to slow down the rate of environmental destruction. The Berau administration in East Kalimantan uses it as its symbol despite the rich diversity of sea creatures and coral reefs in the Derawan islands.

Derawan beach is very good, compared with a beach in Bali, Derawan beach is much cleaner and very beautiful underwater scenery, there are many diverse ornamental fish, you can also see turtles on the island. Ambiance Sunrise Sunset and its really beautiful, it's better  for you to not miss these two moments. By using a snorkel, you can enjoy the beauty of coral reefs under the sea because the water is very clear.No need far out to sea, about 100 meters from the beach, fish and colorful coral reefs can be enjoyed by renting snorkel $ 5 for one day. As for scuba equipment rental (self containing breathing underwater apparatus) of approximately $ 40

Derawan Islands series that ran for more than 100mil along the coastline of East Kalimantan, is one of the most biologically rich in Indonesia. In this archipelago of water from the Berau River mixed with water from the Celebes Sea sea creating a unique landscape with the characteristics of a broad river delta toward the scattered reef, coral atolls and reef edge. Derawan Islands there are more than 460 species of coral. It makes Derawan Islands as a region which has the highest diversity of hard corals in the world number two after the Raja Ampat Islands in Eastern Indonesia.

This study also notes that there is more than 870 species of fish, ranging from Pygmy seahorses are very small to giant manta rays. Very often found in a large group of manta rays which amounts to 50 tail looks seen foraging in the waters Derawan. Various flora and fauna are also found in this area include: 347 species of reef fish, 222 species of molluscs (including five types of clams); 27 species of crustaceans, 183 species of coral; seven species of seagrass, and other biota, such as rare green turtles (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), dugong (Dugong dugori), fish belebele / Napoleon (Cheilinus undulatus], shell clams (Tridacna sp.), and crab (Birgus latrd). Some types of biota that there are important economic value such as prawn lobsters, grouper, red fish, kurisi fish, sharks, sea cucumbers.

Several clusters of coral, such as Moras, latitude, Malalangun, Gasongan, Baliulin and Masimbung also present in Derawan Islands. Waters around the reef has underwater ecosystem that is amazing. Beautiful coral reefs, the diversity of different types of coral reef fish species and biota, and clean white sandy beaches into charm of this place. A number of rare animals reefs in eastern Indonesia from snail species found in some of these coral islands. This area is also famous for its habitat for green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are rare and the largest in Indonesia.

Derawan Island

Not only it is possible to dive with turtle on every dive at derawan, turtles are also found coming on land every night to procreate; hatchlings are often encountered just below the cottages and restaurant. My Favourite site, however just on the door step-beneath the pylons of 200 m long jetty. Here I have found some of the most mind-boggling and bizarre critters i have seen in years; luminous multi coloured dumpling squids, pairs of 3 ft (1 meters) crocodile fishes, finger-sized purple sea horses and unidentified species of worms, tunicates and dwarf scorpiofish. The quality of diving around Derawan is indeed what divers dream about I have been back four times and i will be back again, again and again.

Maratua Island

Imagine you are sitting on a ringside seat, the arena an underwater colosseum at 100 feet, beneath you and abyssal plunge beyond the depth of mortal endurance.  The arrival of a lone 7 foot great barracuda heralds for the show to begin. A dark cloud emerges from the distance, like an uprising tornado, as it twirls toward you, the dark mass metamorphosizes into silvery screen of barracudas, thousand Eight spotted eagle rays pear from the liquid information whilst heavy bodied gray sharks arrive at an electrifiying velocity to break up a school of big tooth trevalley.

The water boils, your adrenalin reaches a record high as a huge giant black spotted Bull raylooms over you to cross the terrain of golden and red coral trees. Large Dog-tooth tunas and mackerels make up the chorus line to fleeting appearence of hammerheads and mantas, this show is the greatest show on earth beneath the sea, the performance limited to twice daily everyday of the year. I saw this performance thrice, and after having over 8000 sojourns is tropical water, this site is among the very best in my experience. The location was discovered by Mr. Nawawi - he graciously shared this secret domain of deep with us.

Kakaban Island

The Island of Kakaban is an excepfora marine environment. An uplifting in the area during Holocene transgression, about 19000 BC has left 5 sq kilometers of seawater trapped within a 50 meter (165 ft) ridge, turning the area into a landlocke marine lake. The only other know lake of such nature found in Palau, Micronesia, is a desert compared to kakaban.

Some of the strangest species and typical behavios are observed in the lake. Through millenium, they have adapted into an ecosystem that is totally unique to the brackish water environment. The lake is teeming with at least 4 species of stingless jelly fish including one of an upside down species of Cassiopea (possibly Cassiopea Xamachana).

About three species of Halimeda green algae cover the botom, and mangrove roots live side by side with tunicates, sponges, tube worms, bihalves, crustacean, anemones, sea cucumbers, sea snakes and at least five known species of gobies. Unidentified species are in abundance. Dr. Thomas Tomascik from Canada has aptly called ths place a Biological Paradise. The mystery of how lake`s plant and animals are able to survive in this isolated system is a subject that marine scientists and geologist bickers about. Thousand of barracudas, blue fined tunas and big sharks are also found at Kakaban,s Barracuda Point.


Derawan Dive Resort have Twenty Seven Traditional Kalimantan style cottages. For Every rooms Air Conditioner is available, hot water system for deluxe and VIP room. Also available TV set, dry kitchen and Family rooms for VIP. Our Floating Restaurant for 75 guest capacity with superb sea view and delicious "all you can eat" BBQ, Chinese, European, Japanese or local meal set.

Dive Center Facility

Resort Dive Center is located on the beach facilitate with reliable dive equipment rental and proffesional dive guides. The dive center use 3 Bauer air compressors for refilling dive tank. For professional underwater photographers, available camera room to recharge batteries and set up camera at the dive centre. Four twin engine diving boats (2 medium size boats with 85 HP engine and 2 large size boats with 115 HP engine). Three twin engine transport boats from / to mainland borneo - derawan (2 medium size boats with 115 HP engine and 1 lage size boat with 200 HP engine).


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