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Derawan Island is a Diving Paradise in East Kalimantan

Long weekend awaited by everyone. Busyness at work tends to be stressful, right? I think the beach has always been the best place.
 
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Indonesia has many paradise for beach lovers, divers, snorkeling and scuba like Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi, Karimunjawa Island, Raja Ampat Island and others.

This time I will discuss Derawan Island tourism, which is famous for its beautiful coral reefs, reef fishes, fertile fields and mangrove forests.

Derawan Islands

Derawan Island is located in Berau, East Kalimantan. In this archipelago there are a number of charming marine tourism objects such as Maratua Island, Kakaban Island and one of them is the Underwater Park which is favored by foreign tourists, especially world class divers.

They call it “The 2nd Raja Ampat”. Because on this island there are many species of coral reefs, there are 460 types of coral reefs, 870 species of fish from pygmy sea horses and giant manta rays.

Derawan Island

They call it “The 2nd Raja Ampat”. Because on this island there are many species of coral reefs, there are 460 types of coral reefs, 870 species of fish from pygmy sea horses and giant manta rays.

Manta Ray

Things to do at Derawan Island are snorkeling and diving. This is a list of famous places to dive on Derawan Island.

  • Old Piezk to see unique seabed fish
  • Shark Point to see sharks
  • Snapper Point
  • Coral Garden to see the coral reefs
  • Blue Triggel Wall
  • Tuturuga Point.

How to go to Derawan Island

You can make it through two paths.

The first path goes through Berau and the second path goes through Tarakan.

Hey friend, but don’t ever try Tarakan. If only the number of people is small.

Why????!!!!

Backpackers through Tarakan are only effective if in large groups or with travel agents.

Because if you have been to Tarakan.

You will rent a speedboat which is quite expensive if only 2 people.

So guys, if you want to travel to Derawan Island by traveling alone or as a partner, effective transportation is Berau.
From Jakarta, there are 3 airlines that fly there, namely Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air and Garuda Indonesia which were translated first in Balikpapan, which took 3 hours 40 minutes the fastest.

After arriving, the journey from Kalimarau Airport to Tanjung Batu, can also be by land.

From the airport, get a rental car like Avanza, Xenia which will travel for two hours.

You can talk to driver to eat at the restaurant when heading to your destination.

And from Tanjung Batu, continue the journey for 30-40 minutes to the location.

Map

Derawan Accommodation

Lodging and facilities are very complete such as classy lodging, cafes, resorts, cottages, restaurants to the water rides.

Most lodgings on Derawan Island have a summer theme.

Culinary

As an island that has sea potential, Derawan Island also has special culinary like Tehe-tehe Kima-kima and Elai is the most famous culinary.

Tehe-tehe is a culinary wrapped in sea urchin shells. It contained glutinous rice mixed with coconut milk and covered with pandanus leaves and then cooked for about 1 hour. Tehe-tehe taste like rice but packed with sea urchin shells.

Clams are culinary made from sea shells made into dried salted fish. The price is expensive.

Another typical culinary is Elai. Elai is a typical fruit of Derawan Island which is similar to durian fruit. Yellowish orange flesh.

Hi There, My name is Candra Setiawan. Indonesia for me is a real paradise with crazy friendly people, you know. I’m so glad born and living in Indonesia, even though we have different ethnicities, religions, and languages. But we’re still one.