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ARCHIPELAGO

Derawan

#ISLANDS

31

TOP ISLANDS

  • Derawan
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  • Sangalaki
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  • Kakaban
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  • Maratua

TIME TO VISIT

  • Jan
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  • Mar
  • Apr
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  • Sep
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  • Nov
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Features

  • Pristine

Heritage

Coolness

  • Remote

Naturalist

Aquaholic

  • Snorkeling
  • Diving

Voyager

  • Liveaboard

Population

4K

Religion

  • Muslim

Area

  • Tiny

Lodging

  • Budget hotel
  • Luxury hotel

Access

  • By Sea

Derawan archipelago is similar to

Derawan archipelago comprises 31 islands that hide a lot of magic. Among the highlights is Indonesia’s largest nesting site of the rare and endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles on Derawan island. Sangalaki island is known as manta hotspot. There’s a high chance you can see them clearly while they are feeding on the surface all year round. Maratua island features the world-renowned dive site “The channel” or “Big fish country,” where with a little bit of luck and the right timing you will be able to see barracuda tornados, grey reef sharks and eagle rays. Kakaban island features a lake that is full of non-stinging jellyfish. It is a not to be missed itinerary for both snorkelers and divers. Not to forget about the main Derawan Island that has a pretty village with its charm worth exploring. Or “Dolce far niente”, absorb the quietness and serenity the sound of the sea brings, and simply do nothing.

How to get to Derawan

International

No connection

#FLIGHTS

1 domestic

NEAREST AIRPORT

Berau (BEJ)

DOMESTIC CONNECTION

Balikpapan

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