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Derawan Island And The Sangalaki Archipelago

Derawan Island And The Sangalaki Archipelago

With a new worldwide terminal at Kalimantan’s Berau airport in Indonesian Borneo opening in April 2012, newly proposed routes from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore might quickly make the Sangalaki Archipelago – a gaggle of desert islands off the east coast of Borneo – simpler to access.

Located within the Sulawesi Sea on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan, these islands have powder-advantageous beaches, lush interiors and mysterious lagoons with stingless jellyfish. Discover this hidden paradise before the inevitable rush of tourists.
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Derawan is a fishing island about three hours by speedboat from Berau that has developed as a dive resort. Stilted visitorhouses suspended over turquoise water, manta rays with seven-metre wingspans and pleasant locals are all part of its charm: that is an island that time forgot.
The tempo of life right here is bucolic and unhurried, and four days can simply turn right into a week. Wander the tear-shaped island’s sandy streets and mix with the genuinely welcoming and curious locals over some ikan bakar (grilled fish), earlier than stepping over a six-foot monitor lizard to observe the sky ignite with a spectacular sunset.
Take a room at any of the basic, wooden guesthouses, and head straight to the sea. The reef has been decimated in elements by dynamite fishing, but you'll still find a huge amount of underwater life, with a smorgasbord of cuttlefish, octopus, pygmy seahorse, scorpion fish, clownfish and large green turtles.
Savvy divers head right here from all corners of the world, lured by the extraordinarily rich marine life. Derawan Dive School provides diving across the island, as well as diving and snorkelling forays to the close by islands of Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. The funds traveller ought to try visitorhouse and dive outfit Losmen Danakan (west coast of Derawan Island; 086-8121-6143) who run cheaper, native dives. To not fear if you are not diving with a tank; free diving down a reef wall beside big green turtles and manta rays is just as much fun.
Multi-coloured Pelangi Guesthouse (west coast Derawan Island; 081-347-807-078) has fundamental rooms with balconies jutting out into the Sulawesi Sea for around 183,000 rupiah an evening, and may set up diving boats or lend you snorkels and fins. If you're on the lookout for something more upmarket, Derawan Dive School has a number of high luxe cabanas with polished wooden flooring and air conditioning for round 300,000 rupiah.
Conservation programs

Up till 2002, the overwhelming majority of turtle eggs laid on the island were collected by locals to sell, representing a significant source of income outside of fishing. However thanks to the World Wildlife Federation partnering with the islanders, the beaches where hawksbill and green turtles lay their eggs are actually totally protected.
Over the past 10 years, turtles have been tagged, and the quantity of eggs they lay has been rigorously monitored. If you want to get entangled throughout your stay, head to Losmen Danakan, where the Turtle Conservation Group is based.
You will be able to accompany the wardens and different volunteers on their evening vigil for poachers – and whether it is full moon, you may be able to look at mom turtles lumbering from the shallows and up the beach. This new eco initiative is already paying dividends, with turtle populations stabilizing and offering a steady revenue for islanders through low-influence tourism.
The Sangalaki Archipealgo

Fifty minutes away by boat is the uninhabited and stunningly stunning Sangalaki Island, where manta rays flock in numbers for the plankton-rich waters. As they flap and soar by way of the ocean, these giants of the deep are as mysterious as they're alien, often staying for per week earlier than vanishing. Alleged cyanide fishing has depleted their numbers, however reports of seeing them are regular.
If manta rays do not pique your curiosity, a 10-minute boat ride away from Sangalaki Island is Kakaban Island, where a quick stroll from the jetty to its interior brings you out by a lagoon the place you possibly can swim with non-toxic jellyfish. With no direct predators, over hundreds of years these creatures have lost their sting.
Maratua, one other island in the Sangalaki Archipelago, has even better numbers of non-poisonous jellyfish in its lagoon, as well as a really strange coral reef. Spectral fluorescent spires and swaying technicolour starfish loom out at you as hundreds of jellyfish brush up against you within the chalk-green waters. Maratua and Derawan are the only habited islands in the archipelago, and an airport is planned on Maratua for 2013. This might make entry even easier, although it's being contested by environmentalists trying to defend the resident hawksbill turtles. Website URL:

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