Derawan Sangalaki Indonesia Dive Map Location Scubahive

Diving Derawan Sangalaki Indonesia

Description :
This lesser known location offers golden beaches, tranquility, and some spectacular diving. Here lies Indonesia’s largest nest site for the rare and endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles. Derawan’s outstanding location offers you the chance to see mantas, an incredible diversity of marine life, and even a stingless jellyfish lake. It is the perfect tropical paradise with warm isolated islands, soft sandy beaches fringed with waving palm trees, and a pristine sea with an amazing underwater life.
Where is it :
East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Number of dive sites :
Over 40
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, wreck, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
A biodiversity hotspot with over 872 species of reef fish, 507 coral species, manta rays, and a non-stinging jellyfish lake.
Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F)
Seasonality :
All year round (Do take note of the wet season from November to April, and June typically being windy)
Typical Visibility :
20m (65.6ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to moderate
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Availability of Medical Facility :
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Manta Avenue :
Located at Sangalaki where mantas and turtles rule the day. Here, mantas come from all directions, having their wing tips breaking the surface which makes your surface interval an absolute joy.
Old Pier :
Get some muck diving action at Derawan’s jetty, an easy shallow dive where you can find interesting critters such as the flamboyant cuttlefish, squat lobsters, ghost pipefish, blue ring octopus, seahorses, ribbon eels and a host of nudibranchs.
Jellyfish Lake :
Situated right in the middle of a mangrove-fringed lake, this is where thousands of jellyfish live. Not to worry, they don’t sting. It is similar to the popular jellyfish lake in Palau, Micronesia – and is a joy for divers and snorkellers alike. The lake has a warm brackish water with green algae covered bottom and is home to sea cucumbers, gobies, anemones, clams, and some nudibranchs.
Nearest Airport :
Kalimaru (Berau) Airport (IATA: BEJ)
Notes :
Travel to Berau by taking an internal flight from Balikpapan Airport (IATA: BPN), Tarakan Airport (IATA: TRK), or if you are traveling from Sabah, via Tawau Airport (TWU).
Upon arrival at Berau, it will be a 2-hour car ride to Tanjung Batu where you will get on a 30min boat ride to Derawan.
Berau Airport transfers to the dive resorts are typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂
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