Derawan and Sangalaki Islands
Located off shore of
east Kalimantan, this island complex comprises of some small islands including
Derawan island, Sanglaki island, Kakaban island, Maratua
island, and many other small islands. Some of the island group are being
inhabited by nearly 6000 peoples. The rest of the island group, however remain
inhabited, there are 14 small islands of this status.
The island group is rich
of marine life. Vast coral reef, sea turtles, white tip, leopard and nurse
shark, various species of ornamental fishes, are only some of them.
The terrain on
Derawan is varied from walls and fringing reefs to caverns. Big sea
turtles, Spanish mackerel, jacks, batfish, napoleon wrasses, cuttle fish, hang
out in large record amounts. Sea turtles quite often come ashore to lay their
egg in the night. Hatchings are quite often to be encountered.
Underwater visibility is
vary from 25 – 30 m, with the temperature of 27 – 30 Celcius degree.
is the world capital of Mantas. Here, all size of Mantas emerge from any
direction. Their wing tips breaking the surfaces at certain intervals.
Snorkelling is the way to interact with this giant plankton eater. It’s quite
often that tents of them encircle you when snorkelling.
The Sangalaki Island marine reserve consist of a coral arcipelago in East
Kalimantan province. The Marine Park has an area of 280 ha and is located next
to the proposed Maratua Island Marine Park. The main attraction of the park is
its beautiful underwater world. Around Sangalaki Island several species of sea
turtle and giant but peaceful Manta rays will occur. Sangalaki Dive Lodge will support
your diving activities within the islands.
in an exceptional marine environment. An uplifting in the area some 19,000 years
ago has trapped 5 sq ft kilometres within 165 ft ridge of salt water inland. The
only sample of this kind of lake only found that in Palau, Micronesia.
The sea surrounding Kakaban Island is home to large shoals of Barracuda
Since the above period,
the creatures living there have to adapt into such unique new environment. The
lake is the home for at least 4 kinds of stingless
jellyfish, about 3 species of green algae, cover the bottom, and mangroves roots
live side by side with tunicates, sponges, tube worms, bivalves, crustaceans,
sea cucumber, anemones, sea snakes, and at least 5 species of gobies. While
another abundance number of creatures are still unidentified.
is the home of the barracudas. This kind of fish is easily be seen underwater.
Other islands of the
archipelago are the domains of sea birds, where Pinaka Islands has mangrove
forest. Derawan Island and Maratua Island are the Islands where the Bajau people
live. Banjar and Kutai Dayak also live on these two islands, while the other
islands of the archipelago are not inhabited.
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