Kalimantan liveaboard adventure
on Dive Damai II
31 May – 11 June 2022 (11 nights)
Terakan – Tarakan
Twin: $7425 Single: $9625 Stateroom: $7975
The Indonesian territory of Kalimantan makes up 2/3 of the island of Borneo. The major diving area is the Derawan Archipelago which is made up of 31 islands. The best know of the islands are Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. Here is Indonesia’s largest nesting site of the rare and endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles, where if fortunate, you can watch them lay their eggs in the sand or dive with the turtles in the protected waters.
The entire marine conservancy region covers a total area of no less than 1.27 million hectares. Here, you can find 460 different species of corals, ranking this area second only to the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua. The Nature Conservancy and a team of international experts also found more than 870 species of fish here, ranging from tiny pygmy seahorses to giant manta rays. On some days, groups of up to 50 manta rays have been seen feeding together in Derawan’s waters, says the Conservancy.
Derawan archipelago has a large number of unique and protected species, among which are the coconut crabs, whales, dolphins and dugongs. The coconut crabs are found near the islands of Kakaban and Maratua, while whales and dolphins in particular months can be seen around Semama, Sangalaki, Kakaban and Maratua. Dugongs swim around Pulau Panjang and Semama, and manta rays are found around Sangalaki with pygmy seahorses around Semama and Derawan. Other protected species are the barracuda.