Visiting East Kalimantan, you also have to stop by at some exotic islands there. Just like in Bali and Lombok, the spots will spoil you with its beauty and enchanting view.

Gusung Sanggalau Island

When talking about white sand beaches, Derawan Islands is a suitable place for you to go. It is located in the east of Borneo and a paradise for exotic island lovers. There is this small island there that will attract your attention called Gusung Sanggalau Island. The island has no inhabitants or is uninhabited, saving beautiful panoramic views of nature. Stop by to this island when the seawater is receding and enjoy the mesmerizing white-sand shoreline.

Where: Kepulauan Derawan, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur

Sangalaki Island

Sangalaki Island is a small island covering an area of 15.9 hectares. This island is located in the Derawan Archipelago, Berau, East Kalimantan. It is one of the best locations for diving and snorkeling in the world, along with Raja Ampat in Papua province. Manta Alfredi (Pari Hantu), Barracudas, Stingrays, giant squids, and starfish are only part of the underwater paradise of Sangalaki. Sangalaki Island is also a major nesting site for green turtles in Southeast Asia. Upon your arrival in Tanjung Redeb, you have another journey by speed boat along the Segah River to Sangalaki.

Where: Kepulauan Derawan, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur

Derawan Island

Derawan Island is part of the Derawan Islands in East Kalimantan and one of the most popular amongst the other 30 islands there. White sands with quiet waves, as well as the crystal-clear water are some of the most attractive parts of the island. You can take a dive or snorkel to witness amazing reefs and fishes, including the cutest Nemo fish.

Where: Kepulauan Derawan, Kecamatan Derawan, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur

Maratua Island

Maratua Island is the outermost island of Indonesia which is located in the Sulawesi Sea and is bordered by Malaysia. Maratua Island is part of the Berau Regency government area, East Kalimantan province. This small, long, sharp arch-shaped island is located south of Tarakan City.

There are several ways to get to Maratua, including:
– Tanjung Redep uses speedboat or Susi Air
– Tanjung Batu uses a speedboat
– Tarakan uses a speedboat
– Balikpapan uses Garuda Indonesia Direct Flight

Maratua Island has beautiful views that are hard to forget. The divers make this island as the Indonesian Maldives and heaven for surfers. The underwater beauty of Maratua Island is also amazing. Beautiful coral reefs of fringing reef type, seagrass beds with Halodule Uninervis types, and various types of fish will accompany you when diving. Some diving spots on this island, including Jetty Dive, Turtle Traffic, Mid Reef, Eel Garden, Hanging Garden, Cabbage Garden, and The Channel spot.

Where: Kepulauan Derawan, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur

Kakaban Island (Samama Island)

Kakaban island is part of the Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The island has an area of 774.2 hectares and is quite steep. Its limestone cliffs are covered with dense jungle right down to the water’s edge. At Kakaban Island in East Kalimantan, you can, not only swim unharmed with jellyfish, but you can actually touch them. Ther are several species of endemic marine life here, including millions of stingless jellyfish that only exist in one other place on the planet which is at Palau in Micronesia. The island is also shrouded among a tangle of dense mangrove forests, right down to where the water meets the earth. There are very few sections of beach, as most of Kakaban’s circumference end in a rocky wall of sheer limestone cliffs, some sections dropping hundreds of feet to the choppy waves below. (Source)

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