Derawan and Sangalaki Information
Discover an untouched diving destination which offers everything you need for the ultimate dive safari. Located off the East Coast of Kalimantan (The Indonesian portion of Borneo) the Islands of Sangalaki, Maratua and Kakaban offer some of the most remote, uncrowded and untouched diving spots visited by divers.
Not only will you be diving away from the crowds but the diving is spectacular with plenty of ‘Big Fish’ sightings possible throughout the area.
Good chance of encounters with Manta Rays who use the islands surrounding colourful reefs as a cleaning and breeding ground, in certain conditions Whale Sharks can also be spotted.
A stunning fresh water Jelly Fish lake fringed by virgin Mangrove forest, Sheer drop offs and walls that attract Huge schools of Trevally and Barracuda along with the possibility of Hammerhead, Thresher, Grey Reef and Black Tip sharks.
One of the most action filled destinations in the region, The walls that surround this island provide some great Big Fish dives,Massive schools of Chevron Barracuda, hunting Trevally, and much much more.
; 28-30 degrees Celsius, Air Temp; 28-30 degrees Celsius
Intermediate to advanced,
Best Time to Dive;
June - August
What to See / Highlights
Pelagic; Manta rays, barracuda, jacks, tuna, plenty of reef sharks, Leopard & Thresher sharks can be spotted here. We have also located local fishing platforms (Bagans) close to Sangalaki that attract whale sharks on a regular basis! (No guarantee!!)
Reef; amazing soft corals, turtles, harlequin shrimps, frogfish, ribbon eels, cuttlefish, nudis, & usual suspects. Don’t miss the daily turtle hatching on the beaches of Sangalaki - an amazing, once in a lifetime experience
How to get there
All trips Embark and Disembark at Tg.Batu pier, Indonesia. Transfers To / From Berau (BEJ) Airport are around 2 hours to Tg Batu Pier via car.
Pick up on trip departure day from airport or local hotel in Berau.
First you will need to fly to Balikpapan International Airport (BPN), Kalimantan, Indonesia. Daily flights are available from Singapore or Jakarta by Silk air, Garuda or Lion air
We highly recommend arriving to Balikpapan on the day prior to trip departure and flying on to Berau (BEJ) (approx 1hr 10min) the same afternoon with Garuda Indonesia, (GA 463 ETD-16:10), Lion Air (IW 1360 ETD-17:30) or Sriwijaya Air. (SJ 232 ETD-18:20)
You can then overnight in Berau where the boat will collect you from your hotel on trip departure morning, we recommend the Bumi Segah for it’s proximity to the airport.
Other recommended hotels include; Neotel Hotel and Grand Parama Hotel
Alternatively you can overnight in a Hotel near Balikpapan Airport and take one of the scheduled morning flights to Berau (BEJ) on Trip Departure day. Recommended hotels near the Airport in Balikpapan include; Hakaya Plaza Hotel (150m from Airport)
IBIS Balikpapan (10km from Airport), Novotel and Swiss Bell Hotel both (15min Drive from Airport).
You can then fly on to Berau (BEJ) airport on trip departure day with Garuda (GA 467 ETD 08:50) or Lion Air (IW 1364 ETD 08:30)
Please be advised the boat shall be planning pickups on trip departure day based on guests arrival times to the airport, in order to get the trip underway and have the chance to enjoy a check out dive on the first day we highly recommend guests arriving to Berau on trip departure day arrive in the morning on one of the above flights
How to get from Berau (BEJ)
Garuda and Lion Air have morning flights back to Balikpapan which will allow you to meet connecting flights in the afternoon back to Jakarta or Singapore.
Please note our earliest drop off on trip return day will be scheduled to meet Garuda Indonesia’s and Lion Air’s morning departures (GA462 ETD 10:25 and IW 669 ETD 10:00)
You will leave the bost in plenty of time for your flight check in.
If you plan to depart Berau on an earlier morning flight you will need to leave the boat after the final dives on the penultimate afternoon. In this case the boat can arrange transport to a local hotel in Berau, we recommend the Bumi Segah for it’s proximity to the airport.
Derawan - faqsInquiry
Please note these are generic FAQs about Derawan and Sangalaki in general and not always boat specific.
If you are unsure about something please ask us to get confirmation.
What documents will I need to show on the boat?
Dive certification cards and dive logbook.
What money will I need?
Most boats accepts payment by Visa or Mastercard, Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or US Dollar. Please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp.
Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in towns prior to boarding the boat to withdraw Rupiah, which is better should you wish to purchase local souvenirs or for tips. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated.
What type of food is available on board?
Meals are prepared by the onboard chef and consist of a delicious mix of international and local dishes. Please advise us as soon as possible if you have any special dietary requirements. Certain special dietary requests and beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis due to the remote nature of the locations.
Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during the cruise?
There are many different land excursions which are dependent on the schedule and guest preferences. Some land excursions available are beach visits, village visit and other treks dependant on the area, weather and local conditions and each boats itinerary.
What if I am prone to sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.
Will I have to share a cabin if I am travelling as a single?
All rates are quoted on a share basis therefore, unless you require a guaranteed single room and pay an additional supplement you will share your cabin with one other guest.
What is the voltage on the boat?
Voltage in Indonesia is 220-240 V.
If you feel you will need an adaptor please bring one.
Does the boat provide any toiletries?
There is soap, shampoo, hand wash and towels.
What time zone is Indonesia located?
Derawan and Sangalaki and Kaimantan are 8 hours ahead of GMT.
Is smoking permitted?
A designated area on the boat is available for smoking.
Smoking is not permitted in any other area for any reason.
What about crew gratuities?
Gratuities for the crew are not included in your trip price. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 5-10% of the published package price per person be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat.
All tips are generally split equally among the boat crew. Personal tipping is frowned upon. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.
Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
It is mandatory that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance.
The boat will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000.
We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).
How many dives will we do each day?
There will be up to 4 dives per day with 3-4 dives being normal dependant on the distances travelled between sites and possibly at nightime but this is dpeendant on the boat and route being taken.
Are there any limitations or restrictions on the diving?
You should stay within the limits and standards of your qualifying agency.
All dives should be no- decompression dives. Solo diving is not permitted.
What dive equipment do I need?
Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard. Divers will need to bring BCD, regulator, wetsuit,fins, mask, snorkel and dive light.
Rental equipment is available and will need to be ordered in advance.
What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature.
Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine. The southern waters of Komodo can be colder with 20-25C or 70-75F so a 5mm suit with a hood is recommended.
Do you have Int or DIN valves?
We have tanks with Int and DIN valve adaptors.
How do we dive from the boat?
All dives will be made from the tenders. Equipment will be transferred to the tenders and guests will board the tender with only their wetsuit on.
Can I drink alcohol and dive?
No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems.
You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.
Can I fish or spear fish?
Fishing and spear fishing are not available onboard. We will be diving in marine protected areas where any type of fishing is prohibited.
What facilities are available for photographers?
There are ample camera tables and cubby holes with charging stations with 110V and 220V above your dive gear.
There are ‘camera only’ rinse buckets for the exclusive use of photographers onboard.
Can I pay by Credit card on board?
For most things yes you can but there is a bank charge of 3%, normal in Indonesia. Please check with us beforehand about this.
Depending on the season the visibility range is between 10-40 metres or 30-120 feet.
All diving areas are subject to currents that range from slight to extremely strong.
Dive sites are selected according to currents with some great year round drift diving opportunities.
An opportunity to see some of the world’s most unique marine species that emerge only after the sun has set.
The areas where you will dive are unmatched for small and unusual marine wildlife. The species list is endless and new ones are still being discovered in these areas.
The average air temperature in the regions you will visit ranges from 25 - 35 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.
Health and innoculations:
Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended but not mandatory.
Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.
The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.
Population and people:
Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.
An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian.
Hinduism is found mainly in Bali.
Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.
Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language.
Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.
Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored.
Dive conditions in Indonesia
- Diving all year around is possible.
- Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F)
- Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m)
Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:
There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness
Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati
Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953). Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.
Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help) Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)
Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, SurabayPhone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
- SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
- SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
- SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
- SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816
**Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information: Medivac facilities from Travira Air www.travira-air.com