Located on the south eastern tip of the lagoon on the Maratua Atoll, the resort provides adventurous divers with access to some of Indonesia’s finest diving.
The resort is located at the southern end of the Maratua Atoll, built to very strict ecological standards and comprises two areas; the main buildings overlook the long jetty and open sea on the northeast side of the island, whilst the lavish guest bungalows are nestled in the tropical landscaped gardens overlooking the lagoon on the west. A wooden boardwalk connects the two areas.
Dotted along the white sandy beach, the 22 stylish and spacious bungalows are air-conditioned and furnished with a four-poster bed. They all feature a semi-open bathroom with hot and cold water and great views of the lagoon, mini bar, safety box and a private verandah with day bed.
Facilities include a restaurant built over three levels, serving a la carte breakfast and lunch with a freshly prepared four course dinner daily. Next door, the Gekko Bar is the focal point for guests to enjoy a cold drink and chat about their diving and snorkelling. The dive centre is located here, also overlooking the long jetty leading out to the reef. A variety of traditional massages are available at the spa. Complimentary WiFi satellite internet access is available at the mini shop.
There are set arrival and departure days which combine a charter flight and/or boat journey from the mainland. A visit to this remote paradise can be incredibly rewarding.
Extra Divers Nunukan
The dive centre is located on the long jetty leading out to the reef and features a reception and equipment room. The experienced team offer a full range of courses (SSI & PADI) and daily house reef diving during daylight hours.
It’s possible to dive directly from the jetty along the four kilometre house reef on the outer reaches of the Maratua Atoll. Divers are dropped off and picked up to the popular sites by the small modern fibreglass boats; journey time a maximum ten minutes. Dominated by a 40 metre slope, big schools of jacks and barracuda are seen at Nunukan Express, a dive site with a strong current ending with a large sandy slope full of macro marine life. Expect to see grouper, eagle rays, leopard and nurse sharks, pygmy seahorse, leaf fish and nudibranch. Bakungan is more protected and it’s here where turtles are frequent visitors.
In addition, regular diving excursions operate to Big Fish Country, the signature channel dive, or the East Wall, famous for stingray and shark encounters. Enjoy exploratory dives to Karang Muaras and daytrips to Kakaban and Sangalaki, the best location for manta ray sightings.
Both DIN and international/yoke valves are available on the 12L aluminium tanks. A full range of well maintained Aqualung kit is available to rent. Nitrox is available. Snorkellers are welcome.
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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 £2,675 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