Location of Derawan Island, an exotic tourist destination to see whale sharks

Derawan Island

Hotelupwell.com – Derawan Island is a tourist destination full of charm in East Kalimantan. This island is located in the Derawan Islands along with Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban.

The Derawan Islands have so many coastal ecosystems and coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests. Quoting the page from the East Kalimantan Provincial Tourism Office, the species protected here are green turtles, hawksbill turtles, whales, dolphins, clams, coconut palms, dugongs and barracuda fish.

Location and Route to Derawan Island

Derawan Island is located in the Derawan Islands, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. Here are two route options to get to this island:

1. Tourists can land at Sepinggan Airport or Sultan Aji Muhammad Airport. After that, the flight continued to Berau Regency, then to Tanjung Batu by speedboat. Then, the journey continues to Derawan Island by sea for around 30-45 minutes.

2. From Tarakan, continue your journey by public transportation to Tengkayu Tarakan Harbor. Then head to Derawan Island using a speedboat. Tourists can go to Tarakan by plane that lands at Juwata International Airport.

Derawan Island Entrance Ticket Prices
There is no fee to enter Derawan Island, aka it’s free. However, for speedboat rental, such as for island hopping, a fee of IDR 2,500,000 per day is charged. This price can of course change according to the policy of the service provider.

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Interesting Activities on Derawan Island

Derawan Island is one of the destination islands when heading to the Derawan Islands. The area reaches 44.6 Ha. Here are some interesting activities that can be done on this island.

1. Enjoy the beauty of the exotic sunset and sunrise

Tourists can watch the exotic sunset and sunrise on Derawan Island. Quoting one travel agent’s page, you can see it from the pier or rent a boat to be able to see it without obstacles.

2. Island Hopping

From Derawan Island, tourists can also explore the surrounding islands, namely Sangalaki, Kakaban and Maratua. There, there are several other interesting places such as Gusung Pasir Sanggalau and Halo Tabung Cave.

3. Taste typical culinary delights

The Derawan Islands have special food that you can try. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy website, one of them is kima-kima, namely sea shells that are large and made like salted fish. The savory taste is perfect to enjoy with warm rice. Next there is kulabutan, which is large, dried squid.

4. Visit the Whale Shark Spot

The Whale Shark Spot is very famous where tourists can see a rare phenomenon, namely witnessing the size of a whale shark directly. The location is only 30 minutes from Derawan Island in Berau Regency. The recommended time to visit the Whale Shark spot is December-March.

5. Snorkeling and Diving

To see the underwater beauty, tourists can do snorkeling or diving. According to Elib Unikom, the various marine biota found on this island are green turtles, hawksbill turtles, spotted whale sharks, pipe fish, scorpion fish, lobsters, squid, octopus, sea horses and ribbon eels. At a depth of 10 meters, there is a coral known as the blue trigger wall. On the 18 meter long coral there are trigger fish.

That is information about Derawan Island in East Kalimantan. Are you interested in seeing its beauty in person?


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