365Indonesia Day 20 - Welcome to Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan!
Wassuuup...! Remember on Day 16 when we met the shy Nemo in the water of Derawan Island? Or Day 1, when we first started this journey at Derawan beach? If you already forgot about Derawan (though it's so unlikely since Derawan is so unforgettable), here's a few reminder of Derawan that I found in an international diving online magazine, skin-diver.com. As far as diving goes, there are few places in the world that offer more than one major attraction. Sipadan is famous for its turtles, Yap for its mantas and Palau for its Jellyfish Lake. But imagine what it would be like if you could go to a place that offers it all. Impossible, you say! Well, my response to that would be Derawan. On the northeast coast of Kalimantan, Indonesia, lies a small tropical island called Derawan, which has access to Mantas, turtles and a jellyfish lake, as well as some excellent cave, wall and pier dives. Add to this a dive resort surrounded by white sand beaches with crystal clear water, and you have the recipe for a perfect dive holiday. The diving from Derawan is shared between three islands, Derawan, Sangalaki and Kakaban, and on occasions, when the conditions are suitable, Maratua Island is also visited. A typical day´s diving would consist of two boat dives at Sangalaki or Kakaban Island (with lunch), followed by a third dive at Derawan to finish the day. A night dive on the Derawan Resort pier is also an option, however, most people prefer an early dinner, so that they can watch the Green and Hawksbill Turtles make their way up the beach after dark to lay their eggs. So what do you think? Interested to go to the one of the world's best diving spot? Just look at the wooden bridge that welcomes you to the awesomeness of Derawan Island... the water is so tempting! Regards, Mad Check out my travel blog Mad Alkatiri for more cool places and follow me @madalkatiri.