The islands of Sangalaki, Derawan, Kakaban and Samama make up the Derawan Archipelago, Maratua Island is one of the six Berau islands located on the eastern coastal shelf of Indonesian Borneo. Maratua Island itself consists of four fishing villages, situated more than 50km off Kalimantan’s coastline. One of the world’s only salt water lakes is nestled in this region and the white sand beaches of the Berau Islands are one of the largest green turtle nesting sites in Indonesia.
The resort has both water bungalows and beach chalets, which are all very spacious and come with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. There are eight beach chalets and ten water villas. All rooms have hot and cold running water, bathtub shower, fans and air conditioning as well as a mini fridge, hair dryer, and mosquito repellant.
The Beach chalets line the beach and have either double or twin beds, a small desk and seating area a balcony where you can enjoy an uninterrupted view of the ocean. There is also a small gazebo which is shared between two chalets. The Water Chalets sit on stilts in the clear water, they are accessed by wooden walkways, which connect them and also links them to the rest of the resort. Each contains a large indoor sitting area, Satellite TV, a balcony and either double or twin beds, and are slightly larger than the Beach Chalets.
There is a restaurant over the water, serving Indonesian food, fresh seafood is a main part of the menu, the Tuna Bar is adjacent to the Restaurant and is an excellent place for enjoying the spectacular sunset and the sea breeze. And sharing the same building is the lounge a great place to relax out of the sun.
The dive centre offers dives in some of the best waters in Indonesia, all diving is catered for from the large pelagic life, the smallest and weirdest critters, snorkelling in a huge jellyfish lake or watching mandarin fish mate on the house reef. There are gigantic schools of barracuda’s, grey sharks, white tip sharks and the occasional hammerhead, pygmy sea horses, leaffish, mantis shrimp, cuttle fish, and numerous manta rays at Sangalaki, and a resident thresher shark that lives on the house reef. Once a week (depending on the weather and sea conditions) they run trips to the islands of Sangalaki and Kakaban.
|Number of Lodgings||18||Cuisine type||Indonesian|
|Price range||US$100- 265||How served||Buffet|
|Transfer time||20min/3 hrs||Snacks||Yes|
|Transfer cost||US$284 per person|
|Minimum stay||1 night||Other|
|Electric supply||24hr 220v|
|House reef||Yes||Courses offered||Yes|
|Shore Dives||Yes||Equipment Hire||Yes|
|Night Dives||Yes||No of dives /day||3 – unlimited|