Derawan Dive Lodge is a cosy, intimate island resort just off the coast of East Kalimantan. Sitting proud on a private, white sandy beach, this small and intimate lodge is guaranteed to help busy minds begin to switch off.
With just 10 beach chalets, clients can enjoy the simply and tastefully furnished rooms finished in Balinese style. The resort is quiet, simple and built for relaxation after diving, as you enjoy a barefoot walk around the island. Derawan Dive Lodge offers the perfect mix between comfortable cosy atmosphere and ecology.
Derawan's outstanding location offers the chance to see mantas, a lake of non-stinging jellyfish and schooling barracuda. Macro fans can enjoy pygmy seahorses, blue-ringed octopus and frogfish.
Click here to view a map of Derawan dive sites
10 beach chalets, en-suite shower, verandah and hammock. All rooms are air-conditioned using a low watt energy system.
A small restaurant. Internet connection is slow, but free!
Clients are booked on full-board basis. Please note that dependant on the occupation levels at your time of stay, either a buffet or al la carte will be available. The resort produces some wonderful meals with its local and Manadonese staff with Indonesian and Western influence, subject to the obvious restrictions of being in such a beautiful and remote location.
Derawan Island on Berau Archipelago. Dive centre on site.
Guideline drinks costs:
- Soft drinks: IDR 20,000
- Beer can: IDR 30,000
- Beer bottle: IDR 50,000
IDR, USD$ and Visa Mastercard credit cards are accepted on Derawan.
All of Indonesia’s remote locations mean that dive sites are rarely crowded, marine life is abundant with an almost water tight guarantee of seeing something new each day. East Kalimantan offers that rare combination of big and small underwater life.
The Derawan Islands are in the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesia. They include Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua, Panjang and Samama Island and submerged reefs and islets. They are located in the Sulawesi (Celebes) Sea, on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan.
Located in a biodiversity hotspot, the Derawan Islands feature 872 species of reef fishes, 507 species of coral, and invertebrates including protected species such as giant clam, two different sea turtles and coconut crab. Some of the islands harbour the largest green turtle nesting sites in Indonesia. Travel between the months of September - November for increased likelihood of seeing larger species.
Jelly Fish without the ouch - Kakaban Island
Situated in the interior of Kakaban island and one of only two non-stinging jelly fish lakes in the world, this is a must dive, or snorkel if you prefer. The strange experience of diving in near motionless, brackish water with these strange medusa (not one, but 4 species!) remains a very unique experience in the diving world. The site is reached with a 15 minute walk inwards from shore (not in your dive kit).
The outer perimeter of Kakaban island, as you would expect, offers a handful of dive sites with great coral growth and pelagic sightings.
The Channel on Maratua Island
Barracuda abound in the right currents and thresher and grey reef sharks have been spotted, if you can take your eyes off the turtles and Eagle rays.
Get lucky on Sangalaki
A so far reliable spot for seeing manta rays, this island has ‘mobile’ feeding and cleaning stations shifting in line with the currents. If these marine giants are not cute enough for you, the island also runs a government managed turtle nursery where a visit may be organised locally for a small fee.
On your shore step - Derawan Island
Derawan Island itself offers a selection of fantastic sights within immediate reach of your accommodation, offering that wonderful mix of drift dives or muck dives! It benefits from a house reef, though dives must be guided.
Enjoy a refreshing swim and snorkel just a step from your door.
As this is Indonesia, it goes without saying that macro fanatics will not be disappointed. Some recent spots are satomi pygmy sea horses, a variety of ghost pipe fish, blue ring octopus and frog fish.
How do I get there?
Singapore Airlines, into Balikpapan via Singapore. On arrival in Balikpapan, a wait for a couple of hours may be necessary in the airport’s comfortable lounge, so that the connecting internal flight can meet all the arrivals.
Internal flight Balikpapan to Berau - 45 minutes. Here you are met and driven two hours through scenic Kalimantan countryside to the port at Tanjung Batu, for the 45 minute speedboat transfer to Derawan Island. Your feet will get wet on arrival!
Alternative flights via Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta may be available.
Tasik Divers, Derawan Dive Lodge
The experienced and reputable team of Tasik Divers, perhaps more familiar to some from their long standing operations in Bunaken, Manado, and Bali, welcome you to experience some of the best diving of your life.
Their purpose built dive boats with sun shade and toilet will ferry you to the dive sites. Diving is guided in very small groups, wherever possible.
All-inclusive Dive packages will include one day of Maratua (channel), Kakaban, Snagalaki, Panjang and Derawan on a rotation basis, a stop at the stingless Jellyfish Lake is guaranteed. Any repeats of Maratua, Kakaban or Snagalaki before the rotation ends will incur a fuel surcharge of US$50 per person.
Nitrox is available for a small extra charge.
Derawan's outstanding location offers the chance to see mantas, a lake of non-stinging jellyfish and schooling barracuda. Macro fans can enjoy pygmy seahorses, blue-ring octopus and frogfish.
Click here to view a map of Derawan dive sites
Dive Pack Prices
All our packages are quote on a ‘Diver’ package basis, which include up to 3 guided dive per day subject to the local schedule. Please discuss your requirements with the Regaldive team, who will prepare a quotation suited to your needs.
Please inform the sales team if you are planning on travelling with a non-diver or snorkeller, so we may apply to relevant non-diver discount. Spaces on the boat can be booked and paid for locally should a non-diver wish to join a trip.
Extras in Resort
Prices listed below are an indication only, and subject to change.
- Nitrox: $9 per fill, $20 for 3 fills or $100 per week
- Extra trip supplement to Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban: $50 per person, minimum 2 divers in addition to dive pack.
- Non-diver / Snorkeler on boat: $50 per trip
Equipment rental - per day in USD - Paid locally:
- Full kit - regulators, BCD, wetsuit, mask & fins): $35
- Regulators: $10
- BCD: $10
- Wetsuit: $6
- Mask & fins: $10
- Torch: $10 per dive
- Computer: $10
- Tanks are 12 litre with INT and DIN fittings
- 15l: Not available at present
Mid January - June are semi dry
July - August southerly wind, can be choppy
September, October and mid November are said to be the best months to travel
Mid November to Mid January rainy
East Kalimantan is GMT / BST +7 or +8 hours
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Approximate rates:
£1 = 18,931 IDR
€1 = 16,750 IDR
$1 = 13,653 IDR
IDR, USD$ and Visa Master Card credit cards are accepted on Derawan.
If you are venturing any further, we recommend modest dress with loose fitting clothing. Natural fabrics are more comfortable.
Best flight option into Balikpapan is with Singapore Airlines
Balikpapan - Berau flights: 45 minutes
On arrival, there may be a wait in Balikpapan’s comfortable lounge. On departure, the earliest flight connection you can catch:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: 11.00 Hrs
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 17.00 Hrs
Luggage on internal flight: 20kg hold, 7kg hand. Excess: IDR 12,000 per kg approx. (under £1)
Passports and Visas
Passengers travelling to Indonesia should have minimum six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK, plus one full page free. Hotel receptions may be required to take a photocopy of your passport for registration purposes.
British nationals travelling to Indonesia can enter the country without a visa for up to 30 days at certain airports' Immigration Check Points: Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta ( CGK ), Ngurah Rai - Bali (DPS), Kualanamu, Medan (KNO), Juanda - Surabaya (SUB), Hang Nadim - Batam (BTH).
You won’t be able to extend your stay beyond 30 days if you enter under this visa waiver scheme. Entry via Manado and certain other entry points is still subject to a visa on arrival at a cost of $35 (30 day visa) and $15 (7 day visa). Please note that visitors must purchase a visa if their ultimate destination is not one of those listed above e.g. guests going to Manado.
For further information about entry requirements, visit the website of the Indonesian Embassy in London or your nearest Indonesian embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Indonesia, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure with your GP or local travel clinic. Advice on Malaria should be sought. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.
At Regaldive, we offer tailor-made scuba diving holidays to Indonesia, including flights from the UK, transfers, accommodation and your scuba diving activities.
The price panel above provides an indication of a lead-in price for your holiday, based on the cheapest time to travel. Prices shown are per person, and based on two persons sharing.
Our friendly and experienced team can arrange holidays of varying durations for singles, couples, friends and dive clubs. We can also advise you on the best time of year to travel to maximise your scuba diving experience, and receive the best value for money. Flights from regional UK airports may be available, depending on your destination and date of travel.
We can also arrange extensions to your diving or snorkelling holiday, including cultural tours, nature and wildlife-focused activities, plus city breaks.
Please call 01353 659999 or e-mail Regaldive, using the link below, for a quotation.
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