Borneo-Kalimantan

Diving in Borneo – Kalimantan

At the eastern coast of Borneo at the Indonesian part – Kalimantan – diving is quite spectacular but still pretty unknown. Here in the warm Celebes Sea very diverse dive sites around the offshore islands of Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban are waiting for us divers. In addition, the untouched south atoll of Maratua is waiting to get discovered by divers.
During our cruises through these beautiful islands you will find great adventures under and above the sea.

… lets get spoiled!

Derawan Island

The most closest island to shore is Derawan Island. The shallow waters around this inhabited island are the home of giant turtles and small creatures. Perfect to start a cruise! Derawan is a true paradise for makro lovers. Look out for the giant jawfish or several nudibranches, stargazers or seahorses.


Maratua Island

Deep drop offs, channels with ripping currents and a huge quiet lagoon ? that is maratua. Surrounded by the deep waters of the Celebes Sea the chances to observe big pelagics are high. Grey reefsharks, tresher sharks and one of the biggest barracuda school we ever have seen in Indonesia are waiting for you. Not to forget the tons of turtles you can find in Maratua waters.
The most popular divesite is the Maratua Channel, also named “Big Fish Country”. Everything can happen at this divesite. Schooling fish, sharks, eagle rays and once we even saw a whaleshark and a Mola Mola.

… lets get surpriced!

Kakaban Island – Jelly Fish Lake

Around 1 hour from Maratua the island of Kakaban is famous for its unqiue “Jelly Fish Lake”. Millions of not stinging jellyfishes raise against the water surface during sunny days. Our clients have the opportunity to swim with them and enjoy the rainforest atmosphere around it.
But the real wonder of this lake is located under the mangroves and overhanging trees. This mangroves are covered by sponges, anemones and shellfish. More colorful as the coral reefs around the island. You can find endemic fishes as well as nudibranches and seasnakes.
Photographers paradise ? with no doubt!

Back in the ocean we keep two challanging dives for you. A cleaning station for tresher sharks and blacktip oceanics as well as the legendary barracuda point with best chances to spot huge pelagics.

Sangalaki

Back on a tropical island with shallow reefs and sourrounded by coral gardens. Sangalaki is known for its Manta cleaning station and the turtle hatching station on the island. Most of our clients have the chance to release young baby turtles just before sunset in the big ocean.

The deep south

We call it the “Deep South”, because south of Maratua there is an atoll located waiting to get explored. We found already a tresher shark cleaning station and several good divesites with wonderful drop offs covered with huge seafans and soft corals.
On the crossings we had once the chance to snorkel with a group of orcas and pilot whales.
Here in the wild, far from civilisation, everything is possible.

The whale shark pangas

Never seen a whaleshark? Ok – that is your day!
Closer to the mainland we are visiting the fishing pangas of Berau. This floating islands are magnets for whalesharks who like to get something from the nightly catch of the fishermen. Since generations fishermen drop their bycatch back in the water and the whalesharks are waiting for this easy catch. It is an early morning adventure only, but something you will never forget.


In general all our Trips to Borneo includes the major dive spots like derawan, maratua, kakaban, sangalakki and the whaleshark pangas. Depending on the length of the Trip we spend more Time on each spot or visit the deep south atoll for exploration dives. Of course as more Time we have as more flexible we can be with customer wishes and reacting on actually sea conditions.

sample 10 night trip

1st day

arrival at Berau Airport ( BJE ) followed by a 2 hrs car transfer to Tanjung Batu harbour
checkin on Wellenreng and a smooth cruise to Derawan Island
Checkdive and night dive at Derawan Island


2nd day

after a nightly crossing – wakeup at South Atoll
2 dives in the morning at South Atoll North Side – Muaras
1 dive Maratua Atoll South – Nunukan Express


3rd day

3-4 Dives arround Maratua Channel
Big Fish Country


4th day

3-4 Dives arround Maratua Channel
Big Fish Country


5th day

3-4 Dives Maratua North Side


6th day

3-4 Dives Maratua West Side
Turtel traffic, Mid Reef..


7th day:

up to 3 dives at Kakaban Island
Tresher Shark Cleaning Station and Barracuda Point


8th day:

up to 3 dives at Kakaban Island
Black Tip Oceanic Point, Tresher Shark Point
Visit at the famous Jelly Fish Lake


9th day: 

3 dives at Sangalakki
Island Visit at the Turtel hatching Station


10th day

early morning whale shark encounters at the Pangas
afternoon sail back to Tanjung Batu Harbour


11th day

checkout at the morning and car transfer to Berau Airport approx. 2hrs

* all pictures and content are under copyright from Michael Christ & Adrian Sch?ne

In general all our Trips to Borneo includes the major dive spots like derawan, maratua, kakaban, sangalakki and the whaleshark pangas. Depending on the length of the Trip we spend more Time on each spot or visit the deep south atoll for exploration dives. Of course as more Time we have as more flexible we can be with customer wishes and reacting on actually sea conditions.

sample 7 night trip

1st day

arrival at Berau Airport ( BJE ) followed by a 2 hrs car transfer to Tanjung Batu harbour
checkin on Wellenreng and a smooth cruise to Derawan Island
Checkdive and night dive at Derawan Island


2nd day

after a nightly crossing
2 dives in the morning at South Atoll North Side – Muaras
1 dive Maratua Atoll South – Nunukan Express


3rd day

3-4 Dives arround Maratua Channel
Big Fish Country


4th day

3-4 Dives Maratua West Side
Turtel traffic, Mid Reef..


5th day

up to 3 dives at Kakaban Island
Black Tip Oceanic Point, Tresher Shark Point
Visit at the famous Jelly Fish Lake


6th day

3 dives at Sangalakki
Island Visit at the Turtel hatching Station


7th day:

early morning whale shark encounters at the Pangas
afternoon sail back to Tanjung Batu Harbour


8th day:

checkout at the morning and car transfer to Berau Airport approx. 2hrs

* all pictures and content are under copyright from Michael Christ & Adrian Sch?ne

check in time & location
between 11 am and 1pm at Tanjung Batu harbour

check out time & location
between 6 am and 10 am at Tanjung Batu harbour

closest Airport
Kalimarau Airport in Berau
Airport Code: BEJ

Airport Transfers
the transfer from & to Berau Airport is included in the Trip Price
it takes about 2hrs by car
latest arrival accepted at the Airport: 11.30am
earliest departure from Airport accepted: 10 am

water temperature
approx 28 to 30 degree celsius