Located off the east coast of Kalimantan, the island of Maratua offers some of Indonesia’s most remote and pristine diving for intrepid divers.
Maratua Paradise Resort comprises of eight beach chalets and five water bungalows, all with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. The resort offers its own dive centre with packages including night dives and visits to the neighbouring islands of Sangalaki and Kakaban. Meals consist of predominately fish and fruit and are taken in the central dining room. Alcoholic and canned or bottled soft drinks may be purchased from the bar.
The resort is most easily reached via Singapore and Balikpapan, followed by a one hour flight to Berau and a two hour boat ride to the island.
Maratua is a large island with a massive lagoon, only partly rimmed by the island; the rest is fringed by reef and wall. A channel into the lagoon offers an incredible drift dive and the surrounding walls are loaded with hard and soft corals where you are likely to see large shoals of tuna and mackerel along with hammerhead sharks and manta rays.
Sangalaki is a one hour boat ride from Maratua and renowned for its sightings of manta rays.Also nearby is the uninhabited coral atoll that is Kakaban Island and its land-locked lake with resident non-stinging jellyfish. The five square kilometre lake, surrounded by a 50-metre ridge, occupies most of the interior of the island, now a government nature reserve. The surrounding walls of the atoll feature schooling barracuda and jacks; leopard, and grey reef sharks and the occasional hammerhead shark.
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Immense diving experiences are to be had in the Maratua Atoll. The underwater world boasts colourful reefs, critters, huge schools of barracuda, sharks, turtles, manta rays and a lake of non-stinging jellyfish.
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 15 days
Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
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This remote area of Indonesia is worth the journey for intrepid divers. Highlights include Big Fish Country, the channel dive at Maratua Atoll, manta ray encounters at Sangalaki and non-stinging jellyfish at Kakaban; all part of the Derawan Archipelago.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, barracuda, leopard shark, manta ray, giant frogfish