Although we are scuba divers. Honestly, we totally complete all adventure tours in our third days. So we didn’t decide any dive tour after this. Please read this posts as well and decide your adventures.
1) Sangalaki island—baby turtles and manta rays
Where is the Sea Turtle Monitoring And Research Station. Many cute baby turtles is the pool, they are swimming or sleeping. You can feel the marine life in your hands. This is an awesome experience
Round of Sangalaki island, where is manta rays cleaning station. The fisherman will look around on the surface. You just wait on boat, ready jump into the water. Then you can swim with them and take the shot round the island. But the ocean current is so strong there, that the manta rays past so fast. When they gone, you need back to the boat follow their shadows, ready to jump again. So much fun at this place.
2) Kakaben island— jellyfish Lake
Visit the inland lake and swim through an ethereal swarm of millions of stingless jellyfish, some as tiny as your fingertip. Be carefully, don’t take your fins into the lake, cause jellyfish is so weak, easily hit it broken!
3)Swim with whale shark for 2 hours
You need wake up early, start at 4am getting the speedboat arrive at one of the floating fishing islands for 2 hrs. The fishmen will be on time at 6am feeding the whale sharks. Sometimes they have two to three surrounded people body. If lucky maybe more! That you can look the big whale’s mouth how to eat fishes. You just prepare your fins ,wet suits and mask for snorkel or free dive! It is really excited expensive, stunning and amazing moment ever!
4) Maratua— snorkeling
There have one luxury resort where is snorkel point and the views is perfect. But the weather was not good, while we visited. We didn’t swim in there. And no food you can eat. Because resort’s restaurant meals just prepare for their guests only. So sad from us.
Tour rate :
Our tour 1—-Sangalaki (baby turtles and manta rays) + Kakaben (jellyfish) Rp1,500,000
We were too late to find the speedboat. So we started at 12-5pm. From Derawan to Sangalaki take about 35mins.
Our tour 2—-Sangalaki (manta rays) + Maratua Rp1,300,000
Our Tour 3—-Whale shark (from 4-8am) Rp2,000,000
If day trip offer, including to another snorkeling site Rp3,000,000
You can ask every locals to call a speedboat in Derawan Village when you arrived. They known everyone and friendly help you to call who have a boat or tour business. All resorts have some package tours of Derawan. We think more expensive than find ourselves in village. Can ask 2 ways compare the price as well. You will make some friends when you’re traveling. So join with your new friends together share the boat, have so much fun and also can save money! Remember that, the tour are not including lunch of village’s tour! You must be buy some food before one day. The tour rate almost fixed. But you also can ask them for cheaper. If you feel the guys told you expensive cost than you can find another one. They don’t care and very friendly.