The 5 Days Derawan Sangalaki Island Tour offers soft adventure to these 2 small island famous for its underwater world. The 5 Days Derawan Sangalaki Island Tour starts from and ends in Balikpapan as the main gate to East Kalimantan of Indonesia.
The area of at least 31 small islands located at Sulawesi sea. It is under teritory of the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesia. Derawan is located in a biodiversity hotspot feature 872 species of reef fishes, 507 species of coral, and invertebrates, including protected species (5 giants clam species, 2 sea turtles, coconut crab, etc). 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. 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.
Adjacent island from Derawan island as home of Mantas that you can find 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 surrounded by a shallow langoon and the reefs start a distance out from the Island. SInce there is so much shallow reef here, threre is a vast diversity of marine life, and since the area is a protected marine park, the reefs are quite pristine. Most Sangalaki Diving sites are shallower than 65 feet (20 m).
5 Days Derawan Sangalaki Island Tour itinerary :
Day 01: BALIKPAPAN ARRIVAL (LD)
Day 02: BALIKPAPAN, BERAU, DERAWAN ISLAND (BLD)
Day 03 & 04: DERAWAN ISLAND, SANGALAKI ISLAND (BLD)
Day 05: DERAWAN, BERAU, BALIKPAPAN (B)