Monday, October 27, 2008

Derawan Island Diving and Resort

Go to East Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, offers incredible diving off the Derawan Island dive resort. Green turtles know a good thing when they see it. Hundreds of turtles come ashore on these islands to nest leaving telltale crises cross prints on the otherwise blemish-free sandy beaches. If you don`t encounter turtles on shore, then you surely will while diving along with whitetip, leopard and nurse sharks, barracuda, napoleon wrasses, sea horses and ornamental reef fishes in record numbers.

Sangalaki is the world capital of mantas, with some black giants measuring close to twenty feet from wing to wing. Explore the land-locked marine lake on Kakaban with its unusual lake plants and animals. Getting to these dreamy islands is an adventure in itself, but once you do, you will be well rewarded.

Derawan Island Resort has twenty traditional Kalimantan-style beachfront cottages with private bathrooms, terraces and air-conditioning or ceiling fans. The cottages accommodate up to forty divers or marine enthusiasts.

The island is ringed by a white sand beach where thirty to seventy sea turtles nest nightly. Cottages sit back from the beach a bit to allow turtles personal space. Turtles lay eggs on the island, and you may witness hatchlings making it to the sea.

Derawan Island is a divers` haven and offers many types of diving; walls, fringing reefs, caverns, and even a wonderful muck dive. You are likely to see big sea turtles, schooling barracudas, whitetip and leopard sharks, napoleon wrasses, cuttlefish, jacks and many many other creatures. There is a wonderful variety of hard coral around the island. Macro diving off the pier is world class, and you can find sea horses, scorpionfish, and other bizarre small marine animals.

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