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Derawan Dive Resort
Kalimantan - Indonesia

Dive Sites around Kalimantan:

The Terrains at Derawan are varied from walls and fringing reef to caverns. Big green turtles (chelonia mydas), whitetip leopard and nurse sharks, schooling barracudas, napoleon wrasses, cuttle fish, spanish mackerel, jacks and batfishes, and ornamental reef fishes hang out in record densities and diversity.

Dr. Carden Wallace of the Museum of Tropical Queensland found over 50 species of Acropora hard coral on one reef.

Not only it is possible to dive with turtle on every dive at derawan, turtles are also found coming on land every night to procreate; hatchlings are often encountered just below the cottages and restaurant.

My Favourite site, however just on the door step-beneath the pylons of 200 m long jetty. Here I have found some of the most mind-boggling and bizarre critters i have seen in years; luminous multi coloured dumpling squids, pairs of 3 ft (1 meters) crocodile fishes, finger-sized purple sea horses and unidentified species of worms, tunicates and dwarf scorpiofish. The quality of diving around Derawan is indeed what divers dream about. I have been back four times and i will be back again, again and again.

The Island of Kakaban is an excepfora marine environment. An uplifting in the area during Holocene transgression, about 19000 BC has left 5 sq kilometers of seawater trapped within a 50 meter (165 ft) ridge, turning the area into a landlocke marine lake. The only other know lake of such nature found in Palau, Micronesia, is a desert compared to Kakaban.

Through millenium, they have adapted into an ecosystem that is totally unique to the brackish water environment.
The lake is teeming with at least 4 species of stingless jelly fish including one of an upside down species of Cassiopea (possibly Cassiopea Xamachana).

About three species of Halimeda green algae cover the bottom, and mangrove roots live side by side with tunicates, sponges, tube worms, bihalves, crustacean, anemones, sea cucumbers, sea snakes and at least five known species of gobies. Unidentified species are in abundance. Dr. Thomas Tomascik from Canada has aptly called this place a Biological Paradise.
The mystery of how lake`s plant and animals are able to survive in this isolated system is a subject that marine scientists and geologist bickers about.
Thousand of barracudas, blue fined tunas and big sharks are also found at Kakaban's Barracuda Point.

Imagine you are sitting on a ringside seat, the arena an underwater collosseum at 100 feet, beneath you and abyssal plunge beyond the depth of mortal endurance.
The arrival of a lone 7 foot great barracuda heralds for the show to begin.
A dark cloud emerges from the distance, like an uprising tornado, as it twirls toward you, the dark mass metamorphosizes into silvery screen of barracudas, thousand... uncountable.

Eight spotted eagle rays pear from the liquid information whilst heavy bodied gray sharks arrive at an electrifiying velocity to break up a school of big tooth trevalley. The water boils, your adrenalin reaches a record high as a huge giant black spotted Bull raylooms over you to cross the terrain of golden and red coral trees.
Large Dog-tooth tunas and mackerels make up the chorus line to fleeting appearence of hammerheads and mantas, this show is the greatest show on earth beneath the sea, the performance limited to twice daily everyday of the year.
I saw this performance three times, and after having over 8000 sojourns tropical water, this site is among the very best in my experience. The location was discovered by Mr. Nawawi - he graciously shared this secret domain of deep with us.

Sangalaki is the world Capital of Mantas. At Sangalaki the familiar set of Manta Rays emerges from all directions.
Their wing tips breaking the surfaces at regular interval. Snorkelling is the way to interact with this gentle plankton feeders.


Sangalaki is the world Capital of Mantas. At Sangalaki the familiar set of Manta Rays emerges from all directions.
Their wing tips breaking the surfaces at regular interval. Snorkelling is the way to interact with this gentle plankton feeders.
It is not unusual to find them encircling you. Though most of them are about 3,5 meters (12 ft) wide with a white belly, there a few black giant with a 6 meters (20 ft) wing span - we refer to them fondly as the Darth Vaders.
The sensation of looking through their giant mouths cannot be described, it must be experienced.
It is totally out of this world, so much so that one published writer reported that he was whacked by his own adrenaline.

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