One of the wonderful tourism in East Kalimantan is Derawan Islands. In recent years this place popular as one of the excellent vacation of exotic beach in Indonesia. The beauty of Derawan Islands that you can enjoy such as; diving and snorkeling. Derawan Islands is like the typical dream of a tropical paradise with secluded white sand beaches, clear blue water and some coconut trees providing some shade. The islands are located in Berau district, of the coast of East Kalimantan and it is one of the bests diving spot in the world. The archipelago consists of 31 small islands of which only 4 islands are accessible: Derawan Islands, Maratua Island, Sangalaki and Kakaban Island. In 2005, this archipelago was nominated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Derawan Islands has 1,270,000 hectare area of sea and island are marine and coastal ecosystems: coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests. It has a unique biodiversity with more than 460 kinds of coral spread around this area and several sandbanks like Pulau Panjang, 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, and barracudas. This area has the largest turtle habitat and nesting site in South East Asia.
In Derawan Island, besides offers the spectacular white beaches, the underwater life at Derawan Islands is also very amazing. There are over 28 diving spots here and you will not be alone as many domestic and foreign tourists dive in this beautiful ecosystem. The Derawan Islands is a divers paradise.
Access to get Derawan from Berau you can take a car to Tanjung Batu for a two hours ride that would cost about IDR 350.000 for one-way trip. At Tanjung Batu you can continue using speed boat to Derawan Islands for 30 minutes (IDR 250.000 per passenger). To get around and explore the islands and best dive spots you can hire a boat for IDR 1.500.000 per day.