Itinerary 3 Days 2 Nights in Derawan, Snorkeling with Whale Shark and Jellyfish

Indonewtravel.com - Derawan, an archipelago in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan can be an option to spend the weekend with friends and family.

According to the owner of Derawan Happy Fun Trip, Rahman Jiebeda, travelers generally choose full-destination tour packages.

Surrounds 4 islands (Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki, and Kakaban) plus Labuan Cermin.

You can explore tourism spots on these 4 islands, including the itinerary for 3 days 2 nights.

If you stop by Labuan Cermin, you can extend one day, considering the distance from Derawan is only about 3 hours.

You can make the following 3 days 2 nights itinerary in Derawan as an alternative to holiday plans during the weekend.

Transportation to Derawan

From Soekarno-Hatta Airport, you should choose a plane with a morning departure, so that you don't arrive at Derawan too late.

The route to Derawan is Jakarta-Balikpapan-Kalimarau Airport (Berau) with an estimated time of 5 hours including transit. The cost of one flight is approximately IDR 1,300,000 per person.

From Kalimarau Airport, continue with a road trip to Tanjung Batu Harbor using airport taxis, car rental, or online transportation.

The cost of renting a car is around IDR 450,000 one way. The duration of this trip is about 2-3 hours.

From Tanjung Batu Harbor, you have to take a boat/speedboat to Derawan for about 30 minutes. The tariff is usually calculated per boat, starting from IDR 350,000 with a capacity of 3 people.

Meanwhile, to rent a speedboat during island hopping in the Derawan Islands, prepare a budget starting from IDR 1,200,000 per boat one way (15 people capacity).

Accommodation options in Derawan

Lapauta Derawan Resort & Restaurant

You can stay on Derawan Island, there are various types of lodging. Like Lapauta Derawan Resort & Restaurant with rates starting from IDR 400,000 for Standard type rooms.

Inside there are twin beds or double beds with a maximum capacity of two people. This room is equipped with air conditioning, but you must use a shared bathroom.

There is also an Executive type with TV facilities, water dispenser, AC, bathroom with shower & hot water, living room, and balcony.

1 double bed and 1 single bed are available. You have to spend starting from IDR 900,000.

Fisheries Eco Villa

Fisheries Eco Villa can also be an accommodation option in Derawan. Minimum stay of 2 nights at a cost of IDR 600,000 per night for the Suite Double Bed type.

Consists of a double bed and a balcony complete with chairs and a hammock. This room can accommodate 2 people with a maximum of 2 extra beds per room.

Facilities at Fisheries Eco Villa include air-conditioned rooms, showers, towels, coffee & tea, and mineral water.

Where to eat in Derawan

There are many places to eat on Derawan Island, there are so-called warungs to restaurants. Call it Derawan Restaurant, April Resto, and Fisheries Cafe.

You can find processed seafood and chicken and coffee shops. Just prepare a budget starting from IDR 30,000 for one meal.

First day

If you depart from Jakarta in the morning, it is estimated that you will arrive at the inn on Derawan Island between noon and afternoon.

You should rest for a while before exploring Derawan Island. Good for watching turtles and seeing the beautiful sunset.

Prepare yourself before sunset, you can sit back on the balcony of the inn or walk to the beach. This is the right time to watch the first sunset on Derawan Island.

The second day

Whale Shark on Derawan Island

After breakfast at the inn, you can start the itinerary for 3 days 2 nights by seeing whale sharks on Derawan Island.

Whale shark is in Derawan, 30 minutes at most from the island. Usually on 12-3 (December-March)," explained Rahman Jiebeda as the owner of Derawan Happy Fun Trip when contacted by Indonewtravel.com, Wednesday (23/10/2021).

Besides Derawan Island, there is also a whale shark gathering spot in Talisayan waters. Generally they appear here between March to December.

Maratua Paradise Resort (Maratua Island)

Continue the journey to Maratua Island, can be reached in about 1 hour drive.

You can enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean while taking photos at Maratua Paradise Resort. The entrance ticket here is around Rp. 40,000.

You can sit back and relax at the Maratua Paradise Resort pier. You can snorkel, witness the beautiful underwater panorama in Maratua.

Laguna Kehe Daeng

From Maratua to Kakaban Island, there is a tourist spot called Kehe Daeng.

This lagoon has very clear water and when the sea water recedes, marine life and coral reefs can be seen quite clearly.

You have to get off the boat and do light trekking to reach Kehe Daing Lagoon. You can go through the tunnel (only when the sea water recedes) or wooden stairs.

At the Kehe Daeng Lagoon, you can indulge in swimming before meeting jellyfish at Kakaban Lake.

Jellyfish Lake Kakaban Island

Have you ever imagined swimming with jellyfish? No need to be afraid of being stung because the jellyfish in Lake Kakaban do not sting.

If you swim here, it's better not to use body lotion so as not to pollute the jellyfish habitat.

You can just relax on the pier. You can still see the beauty of Lake Kakaban. Sit back and relax while enjoying lunch.

Exploring Sangalaki Island, Relaxing to Snorkeling with Manta Rays.

Sangalaki became the next destination after being satisfied swimming with jellyfish in Lake Kakaban.

Sangalaki Island also has a turtle sanctuary, which will be released into the ocean when the time is right.

You can do a series of exciting activities on Sangalaki Island.

For example, walking along a stretch of white sand, lying under a coconut tree, and don't miss snorkeling.

If you are lucky you can see manta rays swimming in the waters of Sangalaki Island.

Towards Sunset at Gusung Sanggalau

Close the itinerary for 3 days 2 nights in Derawan by visiting Gusung Sanggalau. Beach sand that is visible at low tide.

It's better to visit here before the afternoon arrives, so that you still have time to set foot in Gusung Sanggalau as well as take pictures.

Before high tide, get back into the boat immediately. The journey back to the inn on Derawan Island will be shrouded in an alluring twilight light.

Labuan Cermin

Labuan Cermin, a clear watery lake that makes the illusion of the ship above it seem to float.

Labuan Cermin is also a destination choice when exploring Derawan. This place is located in Labuan Kelambu Village, Biduk-Biduk District.

From Derawan Island can be reached by boat for approximately 3 hours. Exploration of this tourist spot is also not enough for one or two hours.

Since the distance is quite far, if you include Labuan Cermin in your itinerary, schedule a day here.

The third day

Time to pack up and head back to Berau. Before that, take the time to have breakfast at the inn.

After breakfast you can check-out, on average a maximum of 14.00.

When you are ready, you can take a boat from Derawan to Tanjung Batu Harbor. Continue the journey via land to Kalimarau Airport, Berau.

From Kalimarau Airport to Jakarta, there are flights that require you to change your luggage and check-in again.

Since you have to transit in Balikpapan, just choose the transit duration you want. Some are only 45 minutes, some are up to a matter of hours.

If you want to feel the holiday more optimally, you can use the services of a travel agent.

For a 3 day 2 night trip, you have to spend starting from IDR 2,000,000. Usually there is also a minimum quota of participants, there are four or 10 people.

These costs include transportation while in Derawan until tickets for tourist attractions.

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