Derawan Islands

Derawan Islands is like the typical dream of a tropical paradise with secluded white sand beaches, clear blue water, diving location and some coconut trees providing some shade. Derawan is located in Berau district, of the coast of East Kalimantan and it is one of the bests diving spot in Indonesia. Derawan archipelago consists of 31 small islands of which only 4 islands are accessible: Derawan Island, Maratua Island, Sangalaki and Kakaban Island.

Derawan Islands has 1,270,000 hectare area of sea and land. Derawan has a unique biodiversity with more than 460 kinds of coral spread around this area and several sandbanks like Panjang island, Muaras, Masimbung, Buliulin, Pinaka and Tababinga Sandbank. There are also 870 kinds of fish, some of them are protected species like green turtles, scale turtles, whales, dolphins, giant clams, coconut crabs, dugongs, and barracudas. Derawan area has the largest turtle habitat and nesting site in South East Asia.

Besides the spectacular white beaches, Derawan island diving is also amazing. There are over 28 diving spots at Derawan and you will not be alone as many domestic and foreign tourists dive in this beautiful ecosystem, Diving is the best thing to do at Derawan. Derawan is a divers paradise.

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Derawan Islands updated on December 10, 2013

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