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Derawan Island

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As a country with enormous amount of islands, Indonesia never runs out of new tourism site to explore. Derawan turns every traveler dream of tropical paradise into reality, a perfect getaway spot with everything you ever wish for a summer vacation.


Located in Berau, East Kalimantan, Derawan is actually a group of 31 small islands. The most popular is Kakaban Island, Maratua Island, and Sangalaki Island. It takes four hours by boat to reach Derawan Island. There is no direct flight to the island, and since the location is quite remote, it is suggested that you bring more cash, as there are only a handful of ATM inside the island’s vicinity.

There is no better way to see the beauty of Derawan Island than to dip into the water yourself, either by diving or snorkelling. The underwater life on this island is wonderfully rich. You can see giant turtles, dolphins, sharks, barracuda, and jellyfish, sometime even whale. The ocean around Derawan is exceptionally pretty with blue and green gradation, and there is a small forest in the middle part of the island, adding up to the whole enchanting nature ambience. The island has so much to explore. If you come at the right time, you can visit Gusung Island, a sand island in the middle of the sea. The island only appears when the water level decreases, revealing a beautiful sandy area surrounded by blue ocean.

When the noon fades and the dawn arises, go to one of many piers at Derawan to watch the mesmerizing sunset by the sea. With all the beauty it has to offer, Derawan Island is truly one of Indonesia’s hidden tropical getaways worth visiting.


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