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Diving in Pulau Derawan

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When to go to Pulau Derawan

Pulau Derawan has a tropical climate. The area sees a lot of rainfalls throughout the year. The average air annual temperature stays around 27C/80F. The water temperature varies from 20C/65F to 30C/86F. The visibility ranges from 10m-80m/32ft-260ft.

 

What to see

It is possible to see big sea turtles, schooling barracudas, white tip and leopard sharks, napoleon wrasses, cuttlefish, jacks and many other creatures. There is a wonderful variety of hard corals found around the island. Pulau dive sites are famous for large gatherings of manta rays and jellyfish. And the reefs are populated by a variety of very interesting creatures including beautiful nudibranchs, hidden crabs and shrimps and unusual fish such as ghost pipefish, scorpionfish and many others.

Scuba diving in Pulau Derawan

Pulau Derawan is a small island near the East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The closest airport is Tarakan, from where you got to get to Derawan by speed boat. The closest international airport from which you can get to Tarakan is Balikpapan. Pulau Derawan offers many diving opportunities. Walls, fringing reefs, caverns and even a wonderful muck dive are the options divers can choose from. In the eastern part of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo and about 45km/27,96mi from the Berau river in the Makassar strait lie several reefs ideal for scuba diving.

 

Most popular dive sites

Dive sites that are worth visiting include Big Fish Country, Jellyfish Lake, Lighthouse ReefBarracuda Point, Manta Avenue.