Derawan Islands is an archipelago located in Berau District, East Kalimantan. In this archipelago, there are many beautiful marine tourism objects, such as Underwater Park which attracted foreign tourists, especially world-class divers.

The Derawan Islands are being promoted by Berau District and East Kalimantan Province, as one of the mainstay tours. Derawan Islands is one of the Best Islands in Indonesia. Local and foreign tourists are increasingly traveling there, a choice other than to dive, see the turtle nesting process, also enjoy the beach clean and beautiful.

Along the beach is clean and there is no garbage. Resort and Lodging in Derawan Islands are widely spread on the beach, at a lower price such as compared to tourist attractions in Bali and Lombok. The Derawan Islands have been nominated to become UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2005. (Capture Indonesia)


Derawan Islands

Derawan Beach

Derawan Beach

A little explanation about Derawan, usually who likes to travel or who like the beach and sea would like to invite to Come & Visit Derawan Island. Yes, the charm of the beauty of the sea is not only owned by Derawan Island but also the islands around it.

Here must also visit the neighboring islands such as Kakaban Island, Sangalaki, and Maratua. The beauty of the beach and the underwater is difficult to express in words, just come here to find out. Chapter Capture Indonesia will share a little information about Derawan Islands.


How to Get to Derawan Island

There are many ways to get to Derawan island, All we will discuss the cheapest way, namely:

Via Land to Derawan Islands

For those who have been in Kalimantan can be through roads that have been connected although in some places the road is still damaged.


Palangkaraya > Banjarmasin > Balikpapan > Samarinda > Tanjung Redeb > Tanjung Batu > Derawan Island.

Budget transportation

  • Banjarmasin – Samarinda (Bus) = 100 – 150 USD
  • Samarinda – Tanjung Redeb = 20 – 50 USD
  • Tanjung Redeb – Tanjung Batu = 5 – 10 USD
  • Tanjung Batu – Derawan Island = 5 – 10 USD

Flight to Derawan Island

If airlifted from hometown there are many flights to Balikpapan, then from Balikpapan can be in two ways, namely through the Tarakan Berau or passing. Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages. The death of Tarakan has the advantage of being cheaper and more flight options than through Berau.

But from Tarakan, a further sea route to the island Derawan and no regular speedboat or for the public, so have to rent their own. Through Tarakan, it is easier for those who live in groups.

While from Berau easier on its own because there are many public cars to go to Tanjung Batu and Speedboat general to Derawan Island.

Airlines serving Balikpapan to Berau flights: Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air, Kalstar, Garuda Indonesia. For prices vary by season and airline, please check on each web to compare prices.


Where to stay in Derawan Island?

There are many places to stay in Derawan Islands, from lodgings, home stays to resorts all available, depending on your budget available. A whole area is on Derawan Island. Another alternative to staying is on Maratua Island, here also can remain in homestay residents, but the cost is slightly more expensive than in Derawan Island.


What to See in Derawan Island?

The main attractions in Derawan Islands are of course related to water and marine tourism. Several islands can be visited in Derawan Islands, namely Maratua Island, Kakaban, Sangalaki, Nabucco, Bakungan and Derawan Island itself.

The usual activities are sunbathing on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, diving, and seeing turtles. There are many snorkeling rental places on Derawan Island with rates around 3 USD per day. As for the diver also available some Dive Center with complete tools.


Getting Around in Derawan Island

To get around on Derawan Island can walk because the island is not too big. As for the other islands because there are no regular boats so have to rent their own. Several speedboat options can be used to get around. Accordingly, the price depends on the size and capacity of the passengers.

Turtle on Derawan Islands

Turtle on Derawan Islands

For speedboat with a capacity of 3 to 4 people for one day 160 USD – 300 USD for one day. Speedboat with a capacity of 6 people up to 12 people more expensive again.

Other Source: The GuardianIndonesia Tourism