This trip might be a while ago but I’m going to share it anyway cause it was a great time.
Back in December, precisely after Christmas, I took a flight with my fam to Kalimantan Island, precisely to Balikpapan early in the morning. From Balikpapan, we took another flight, using a smaller plane, to Berau. No, we’re not there yet. We took a one-hour-drive to the public harbor. Then we rode a speedboat to Derawan, our main destination.
Derawan may be a tourism site, but there are still lots of local people and the site is still very traditional. It’s not like you are going to find any fine dining restaurant there. But don’t be disappointed because they still have great food and fantastic coconuts.
The first day I just snorkeled with my cousin, unplanned. We were asked to snorkel just to take a picture of a sea turtle. So, we jumped off the deck without fins and snorkels, only with a camera. That was a huge mistake cause how are we suppose to see? But soon, my parents gave us the fins and snorkels.
The real trip was on the second day. We traveled around the three islands nearby Derawan, which are Sangalaki, Kakaban, and Maratua. It was great. I couldn’t describe everything.
Our first destination was to see manta rays or probably snorkel nearby them. Unfortunately, they were nowhere to be found.
We snorkeled with jellyfish, jumped for 2 meters height from a cliff, played with baby sea turtles and went to a beautiful lagoon. I couldn’t describe everything in words. It was really great and the lagoon was so beautiful. Thank god the weather was great that day.
The next day, it was okay in the morning. We got a chance to snorkeled and saw the huge shark whale. It was a whole new experienced and awesome. But right after we snorkel, it was raining, heavy rain. We were stuck inside our room and my mom, bro, and I canceled our diving trip. It was so bad. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last the whole day. At the afternoon, we rented bikes and went around the island.
Well, despite the bad weather, it was an amazing trip. And you can check all the photos on my tumblr!