Enchantment of Derawan Islands, World Heritage on the Island of Borneo

Enchantment of Derawan Islands, World Heritage on the Island of Borneo

The charm of the Derawan Islands has captivated the hearts of local and foreign tourists. The islands located in East Kalimantan are indeed famous for their underwater beauty and natural landscapes including the beaches. In this area, there are four beautiful islands that are favorites, namely Sangalaki, Bilang-Bilangan, Kakaban, and Maratua. The four present their own uniqueness that will make you not run out of activities to enjoy it. You can swim with tame jellyfish on Lake Kakaban, watch turtles lay eggs on Bilang-Bilangan Island, or relax enjoying the amazing combination of panoramic white sand beaches and blue sea. So you can get to know these four islands better, see the following review.

Sangalaki Island

Enchantment of Derawan Islands, World Heritage on the Island of Borneo

The waters of Sangalaki Island are blessed with dozens of diving spots that surely make divers reluctant to move. Some of the popular ones include: Manta Avenue, Manta Run, Turtle Town, and Lighthouse Reef. Divers love how they can interact with mantas or stingrays in water. Not only manta, you can swim with various other types of colorful fish.

Throughout the year, temperature and visibility in these waters is always ideal for diving. But if you want to be more free to interact with manta and turtles, you can choose when to dive during the full moon.

Bilang-Bilangan Island

Enchantment of Derawan Islands, World Heritage on the Island of Borneo

Traveling is not only about traveling, photos, and culinary tourism. You can make your vacation in the Derawan Islands more exciting and memorable by taking part in maintaining the survival of turtles there. One of the favorite locations for turtles to lay eggs is Bilang-Bilangan Island, an island without residents.

You can easily find a community of environmental lovers who conduct operations around the island to maintain the safety and security of turtles. One that is quite popular is Pro Fauna. You can contact them to know the operating schedule and join. The peak of the breeding period for turtles is between July and October.

Kakaban Island

Enchantment of Derawan Islands, World Heritage on the Island of Borneo

Enchantment of Derawan Islands, World Heritage on the Island of Borneo

Uninhabited and has extraordinary natural beauty, Kakaban Island is more than worth visiting. One of the prominent attractions of this island is Lake Kakaban. A prehistoric lake, this lake is formed from seawater trapped more than two million years ago, plus water from the soil and rainwater.

Plunge into the lake and get ready to be greeted by hundreds of tame jellyfish in the depths of the water. Unlike jellyfish in general, jellyfish on Lake Kakaban are harmless to the touch. If you do not want to throw yourself into the water, you can sit and enjoy the beauty of the lake from the bridge that is stuck in the lake. Dip your feet in the water and wait for the small fish to come to your feet and play there.

Maratua Island

Enchantment of Derawan Islands, World Heritage on the Island of Borneo

Want to dive while talking with the locals? Just come to Maratua Island. The island inhabited by the Bajau tribe is one of the best dive locations in the world. Countless amateur and professional divers have witnessed the beauty of the underwater world. Dive in the waters of Maratua, meaning you can freely interact with many marine biota such as lobsters, seahorses, sea eels and more.

No diving doesn't matter. You can still enjoy the beauty of this island without a gap. Locals usually rent their boats to take you to the middle of the sea so they can see the beauty from different sides. When can you enjoy the calm atmosphere, the beach breeze hits your face and the smell of the sea that is difficult for you to meet in urban areas?

Derawan Islands is proof that Indonesia's nature deserves the attention of the world. Aware of its natural potential, the construction of various facilities began to be intensified, including lodging for the convenience of tourists. So, when to pack and leave for the Derawan Islands.

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