SCUBA DIVING IN BORNEO

DERAWAN DIVE LODGE

Derwan Dive Lodge Logo - Tasik Divers, Kalimantan

Derawan Island lies off the coast of Kalimantan. It is an island of 33 ha., and is the site of the Derawan Dive Lodge. Derawan Island has a supply of fresh water – no water is available on the islands of Sangalaki or Kakaban. The dive resort is built on a private white sandy beach. Derawan Dive Lodge with its just 10 rooms, is a perfect place for everyone who likes the personal touch in their holiday. It is this very personal touch that makes the difference. Its size creates its own uniqueness and the feel of a boutique resort. The resort strives to emulate a resort standard given the limited resources on the island. Derawan Dive Lodge is run by Tasik Divers which also runs dive resorts in Manado in North Sulawesi, Bali and Komodo. The Lodge is built from wood with Minahasan style concept, from the land of Minahasan, Manado. The resort consists of 2 ocean view cottages, 6 beach chalet rooms and 2 family duplex rooms (max. 5 people per room). In total, the resort can accommodate up to 34 people. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, hot and cold showers, safety box, day bed which functions as third bed, and are furnished in a functional minimalist style. The accommodation is located at the back of the beach, an easy walk into the water to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear sea. Surrounded by shallow water you can meet and greet the occasional giant turtles visiting the beach to find the perfect place to lay their eggs. Derawan is home to green turtles and Derawan Dive Lodge works with, and supports a turtle consultant employed by the WWF. You will be informed anytime the turtles come up the beach to lay their eggs!

Access to Derawan Dive Lodge is via the East Kalimantan gateway airport of Balikpapan. Fly first to Singapore/Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur, and then onto Balikpapan. There are also flights a few days each week from Tawau in neighbouring Sabah to Tarakan and then on to Balikpapan. At Balikpapan airport, there is a very comfortable lounge to wait the few hours you need to catch the short flight to Berau (1 hour). Depending on arrival time in Balikpapan, it may be necessary to spend the night there. In Berau you will be met and transferred to Tanjung Batu, a drive of approximately 2 hours through Kalimantan’s beautiful landscape. At Tanjung Batu, you will tranfer to a speed boat for the 30 minute trip across the sea to Derawan island. On arrival, you will pull up directly onto the lodge beach, getting your feet wet for the first time and being welcomed with big smiles and a cold drink.
Derwan Dive Lodge front view

DERAWAN DIVE LODGE – FRONT OF RESORT

Derawan Dive Lodge Family rooms

FAMILY ROOMS AT DERAWAN DIVE LODGE

Sunset at Derawan Dive Lodge

SUNSET OVER DERAWAN DIVE LODGE

Derawan Dive Lodge strives to create a balance between cosy atmosphere and ecology: eco-friendly septic tanks are being used, rubbish is exported back to Berau city for recycling. All guests are provided with a water bottle for use while at the resort – the “1 guest 1 bottle” concept. A water station is provided for refilling – this eliminates the use of excessive plastic. All plastic, aluminium cans and glass bottles are collected for recyling. Due to limited power on the island, the resort has to conserve and alternate the use between the hot water heaters and the air-conditioning.

FOOD & BEVERAGES

The small outdoor restaurant is located on the pier, and serves  mainly Indonesian food. The restaurant staff is a mixture of local Derawan people and Manadonese who will look after your culinary well-being with traditional Indonesian spices. Indonesia is a majority Muslim nation, so the meats served in the restaurant are limited to seafood, chicken and the occasional beef. No pork will be served out of respect for the culture of the local staff.

Restaurant area at Derawan Dive Lodge

RESTAURANT ON THE PIER – DERAWAN DIVE LODGE

The Derawan Dive Lodge price includes:

  • 1. Boat transfer Berau- Derawan – Berau;
  • 2. Accommodation (twin share basis); meals and drink; except beer & soft drink;
  • 3. Diving, tanks, weights and guide.
    • Three boat dives per day;
    • One day outside island trip for Sangalaki/Kakaban/Maratua (Channel)/Panjang on rotation basis, then return to Derawan island for another boat dive. All trips will be arranged by the dive staff based on the tide tables and season.
  • 4. The price excludes diving/snorkelling gear, and airfares to Berau. Diving and snorkelling gear can be rented from the resort (contact us for prices)

Diving from Derawan Dive Lodge is in small groups up to 4, whenever possible. All guides are trained in Manado and Lembeh where Tasik Divers have we operated for many years. Note that Nitrox is offered at a small extra fee. You will be taken to the dive/snorkeling sites with on comfortable speedboats, equipped with all necessary safety equipment. The dive center is fully integrated with the lodge, and you will often see your dive guide around, ready to discuss the days diving, what you may see tomorrow, or even serving you a cold beer..! The resort has two categories of accommodation – Beach Chalet and Seaview Villa. Prices based on Beach Chalet  Accommodation. Contact us for prices for Seaview Villas and Family rooms.

Duration Diver/Non Diver 1 Person 2 People 3 People
5 days/ 4 nights Diver $1,385 $1,210 $1,180
Non Diver/Snorkeller $835 $655 $625
7 days/ 6 nights Diver $2,060 $1,800 $1,750
Non Diver/Snorkeller $1,230 $965 $920
8 days/ 7 nights Diver $2,400 $2,090 $2,040
Non Diver/Snorkeller $1,430 $1,120 $1,070
9 days/ 8 nights Diver $2,740 $2,385 $2,325
Non Diver/Snorkeller $1,565 $1,210 $1,155
10 days/ 9 nights Diver $3,080 $2,680 $2,615
Non Diver/Snorkeller $1,695 $1,300 $1,240
Rates for Seaview Villas and Family Rooms are available on request

Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Photographs copyright to Derawan Dive Lodge and Indonesia Tourism

Scuba Diving in Borneo