Indonesia Escapes & Hideaways
Derawan Archipelago, Indonesia
Derawan Dive Resort has Twenty Seven Traditional Kalimantan style cottages:
16 standard cottages equipped with air-conditioning; private bathroom and toilet; one double spring bed and one single spring bed.
4 Deluxe rooms are equipped with air-conditioning; private bathroom; toilet and hot water; two double spring beds.
7 VIP cottages, each with 2 rooms equipped with air-conditioning; bathroom, toilet and hot water; 2 double spring beds; shared lounge room; TV; Audio; Kitchen; microwave and freezer.
The Floating Restaurant seats 75 guests and offers a superb sea view for a delicious "all you can eat" BBQ, or Chinese, European, Japanese and local menus.
The dive terrains at Derawan are varied-from walls and fringing reef to great 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.
Not only it is possible to dive with turtles on most dives at Derawan, but they are also found coming on land every night to lay their eggs; hatchlings are often encountered just below the cottages and restaurant.
One favourite dive site, however, is just on the door step-beneath the pylons of 200 m long jetty where you can find some of the most mind-boggling and bizarre critters; luminous multi coloured dumpling squids, pairs of 3 ft (1 metre) crocodile fish, finger-sized purple sea horses and unidentified species of worms, tunicates and dwarf scorpion fish.
The Resort Dive Center is located on the beach, and is offer dive gear for rent. 3 Bauer air compressors are used for refilling dive tanks.
For underwater photographers, there is a camera room for setting up equipment and recharging. Four twin-engined dive boats - 2 medium with 85 HP engines and 2 larger boats with 115 HP engine - take divers to the dive sites.
Three twin-engined boats provide transfers to and from the mainland, 2 medium sized with 115 HP engines and 1 larger boat with a 200 HP engine.
Name : Derawan Resort
- Destination : Indonesia
- Location : Celebes Sea off the east coast of East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Access by boat from Berau or Tarakan.
- Seasons : year round
- Capacity : 54 (max. no. guests)
Room Types : single room cottages set amongst palm trees along sea front. Standard, deluxe, VIP & Family room.
- Showers & toilets : en suite
- A/C : yes
- Hot Water : deluxe & VIP rooms only
- Entertainment :
- Electricity : Two big generators provide 24 hour electricity at 240 volt. 110 volt supply is also available at the camera room.
Fire warning system : N/A
- Fire extinguishers : N/A
- Fire escapes : N/A
Dive location & resources
- Dive location : Derawan Archipelago, including: Derawan, Kakaban, Sangalaki, Maratua, Nabucco Islands
- Dive facilities : Dive shop with rental dive gear, lockers, showers. 2 Mariner Bauer compressors, 50 K-valve dive tanks. 7 Divemasters.