Whaleshark in Derawan


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  • Date: Nov 01 2018 - Nov 06 2018
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Nov 02 2018 - Nov 06 2018




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[5D4N] Derawan Islands, Labuan Cermin & Teluk Sulaiman


The Derawan islands must be everyone’s dream of the perfect tropical paradise: warm, isolated islands with soft white sand beaches fringed with waving palm trees, pristine seas that change color from green to deep blue, and an amazing underwater life of giant turtles, dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and barracudas, stingless jellyfish and sometimes, whales.

Derawan is indeed one of the world’s richest areas in bio-diversity.
Located just away from the mainland of East Kalimantan in the district of Berau, the Derawan archipelago comprises 31 islands, most well-known among these are the islands of Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. Here is Indonesia’s largest nesting site of the rare and endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles, where one can daily watch turtles lay their eggs in the sand or swim to sea with the turtles. The entire marine conservancy region covers a total area of no less than1.27 million hectares.

Kakaban Island: Strange Stingless Jellyfish in the Derawan Archipelago

Kakaban island is a large coral atoll in the Derawan Archipelago in the district of Berau, off the east coast of East Kalimantan, covering 774 hectares of uninhabited terrain. It’s most distinctive feature is a huge land-locked lake, which makes up almost two-thirds of the island. This brackish lake is alive with several species of endemic marine life, including millions of stingless jellyfish that only exist in one other place on the planet. The island is surrounded by a tangle of dense mangrove forests, right down to where the water meets the earth. There are very few sections of beach, as most of the Kakaban’s circumference ends in a rocky wall of sheer limestone cliffs, some sections dropping hundreds of feet to the choppy waves below.

[5D4N] Swim with the Whaleshark & Stingless Jellyfish in Derawan Islands starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

“Kakaban” comes from a word in the local dialect meaning “hug,” because of the way the 9-shaped island “hugs” the lake in the centre. Kakaban lake has been declared a government nature reserve and has been nominated as a World Heritage Zone.

Arrival on Kakaban begins with long wooden pier, extending 120 meters into the deep blue sea. This wooden trail continues as a staircase, climbing precariously up the side of the island, and eventually into a pathway cutting through the twisted mangroves, and ending with arrival at the lake.

Maratua Island: Dive with Green Turtles and Manta Rays in East Kalimantan 

This paradise island is situated within the fabled Coral Triangle, with all the richness and beauty within its exotic underwater landscapes that one would expect from such a place. Over 20 dive spots across the island allow visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves amidst the bountiful treasures which lay tucked neatly beneath the sapphire waters. Maratua’s garden under the sea proudly exhibits an abundance of colourful coral reefs populated with a variety of species of fish, green turtles, manta rays and other marine life.

Sangalaki, Underwater Paradise 

Blowing winds, clean seawater, soft sands, warm sun, beautiful waves, coconut trees, and beautiful afternoons complete the excitement of your diving. Sangalaki‘s underwater scenery facinates everyone who sees it. Manta Alfredi (Pari Hantu), which only exists in Derawan, Barracudas, Stingrays, giant squids, and starfish are only part of the underwater paradise of Sangalaki.



ReachBerauand right away head to the harbour which will take about 3-4 hours journey by land. Reach harbour, we will take a boat to cross to Derawan Island (about 30 minutes). Check-in, rest and free until dinner time. Enjoy the sunset before heading to dinner at one of the local restaurants and exploring the island.

[5D4N] Swim with the Whaleshark & Stingless Jellyfish in Derawan Islands starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia


After breakfast, we will be going to Haji Mangku at Maratua. Then continue to Kakaban for the stingless jellyfish and finally to the Turtle Conservation area in Sangalaki. On the way back, we will stop by at Gusung Island, a sandbank that only surfaces during low tide. Spend some times at Gusung island then go back to Derawan.

Peek Holidays – Stingless Jellyfish


Today after breakfast, we will be exploring the Derawan Islands. Stop by few spots for swim or snorkel around the island. We will also go to Manta point to see the Manta Rays. Back to our accommodation in the late afternoon. Rest, dinner and free time.


Get up early in the morning before sunrise and we will check out to Biduk-Biduk. On the way, we will stop by at Talisayan where Whale Shark usually appears. The journey from Derawan to Biduk-Biduk will take about 3 hours. Check into our homestay and right away we will go to Labuan Cermin, a crystal clear lake with two layers of water – salty and fresh. From there, we will then go to Sulaiman Bay to see the waterfall or just exploring the islands there. Back to our homestay, dinner, rest and free time.

[Read: Labuan Cermin: Two Layers Lake in Indonesia]

[5D4N] Swim with the Whaleshark & Stingless Jellyfish in Derawan Islands starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia[5D4N] Swim with the Whaleshark & Stingless Jellyfish in Derawan Islands starting at Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia


After breakfast, get ready to check out. We will go back to Berau by land which will take about 5 hours. Along the way, we will have a break before heading to the airport or drop-off point. Continue our journey by flight to Jakarta.


• 4 nights accommodation
– 3 nights in a water villa on Derawan Island or similar
– 1 night guesthouse in Biduk-Biduk
• Transportation during the trip
• Boat for island-hoping
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• Snorkelling Gear
• All necessary permits, retributions, and administrative requirements
• Tour Guide and/or Leader
• Mineral Water

• Transportation from your city to the meeting point
• Visa on Arrival (if applicable)
• Optional tours which are not stated on the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Gratuity for guides

• Travel Insurance


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